Tips for Staging your Home for Sale

Tips for Staging your Home for Sale

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It is estimated that about one in four homes nationwide are being staged for sale.

With the end result greatly outweighing the initial preparation cost, it is no wonder that many sellers are recognizing the appeal of home staging. Julie Dana and Marcia Layton Turn’s book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Staging Your Home to Sell reveals that a seller who stages their home stands to gain as much as $9,000 on a $200,000 house, all for only a few dollars per-room.

The following tips for staging your home for sale can help you make the necessary adjustments:

  • Remove scatter rugs and knickknacks from every room.
  • Get rid of all appliances on the kitchen counters, except for the coffee maker.
  • Remove as much as you can from closets.
  • If necessary, hire a cleaning service to make the house spotless. Scrub floors, walls and windows. Pay special attention to the microwave, oven and refrigerator.
  • Focus on the living and dining rooms and the master bedroom. Additional bedrooms are best left empty or minimally furnished.
  • Arrange the furniture to show off each room’s best features.
  • Set the dining-room table with napkins, plates and flatware.
  • When showing the house, turn on soft instrumental “buying” music, preferably classical or jazz.

Not only will these home staging ideas help your home appeal to the widest possible audience, but they may help to sell your home at the best possible price.

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Weichert Realtors / Old Town Alexandria VA

Weichert Insights

 Valuable information for buyers and sellers.

 

According to Remodeling magazine’s 2015 “Cost vs. Value Report,” Realtors say that simple, lower-cost replacement projects tend to return the greatest value upon resale of a home. For example, a steel door replacement costs only around $1,000, but on average sellers recoup 101.8 percent of the expense when they sell their home. Other affordable replacement projects that topped 100 percent payback in multiple markets included mid-range and upscale garage doors, and mid-range wood windows.

Based on interviews with real estate professionals throughout the country, the Remodeling report also found that the replacement projects that performed the best were ones that added to curb appeal and created a positive first impression with visitors. This includes siding replacement which, while a bit more expensive, makes its way into the Top 5 projects nationally in terms of cost recouped.

While it was clear that replacement projects provided more bang for the buck, one remodeling project ranked in the Top 10: the minor kitchen remodel. This project tends to pay pack 79.3 percent of the cost when a home is sold.

Click here to access the “Cost vs. Value” website, where you can download data for all regions of the country.

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Buying an Apartment: Maximizing Resale Potential

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When buying an apartment (or any property, for that matter), it is especially important to consider not only features that fit your lifestyle, but also those that contribute to a higher resale potential.

According to the real estate website UrbanDigs.com, the top four apartment features that result in the greatest resale potential are location, views, square footage and the amount of sunlight the apartment gets.

Other features that can boost resale values include:

  • Scalability: A unit that can grow with a new owner (e.g., a one-bedroom that can easily be converted into a two-bedroom).
  • Intelligent use of space: Buyers want the most space they can get, especially in the actual living areas. Large foyers and long hallways tend to be wasted square footage.
  • Separate dining room: Apartments that have a dedicated eating area free up the living room for other purposes.
  • Possibility of change: Look for spaces that can be reconfigured for multiple uses (e.g., a closet that can be converted into a bathroom).
  • Separate bedroom spaces: Bedrooms located on the opposite sides of the apartment allow children to be situated on one end and adults on the other end. This type of layout is also good for roommates.

By considering these tips when purchasing a home, you can make the most of your investment while enjoying an adaptable space that can grow with your needs.

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Weichert Realtors / Old Town Alexandria VA

A Pet-Friendly Home is a Happy Home

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No need to sacrifice comfort or style when you have pets!

There’s nothing like being greeted by your pet after a long day of work. That is, unless, you can smell your pet as soon as you open the door. Whether you have a long-haired cat or super active dog, it would be nice to have your home pet and home-owner friendly (while keeping guests who may not love your pet as much as you do happy). Here we share tips on how to do just that!

It’s all in the fabric. Choose stain-resistant fabrics for your furniture. Avoid fabrics like velvet that would basically be a magnet for any pet hair (and your hair!).

Find the best flooring. Hard surface floors are the easiest as far as cleaning goes. Ceramic tile is a great choice as it won’t get scratched by toenails. Hardwood is a cinch to keep clean with mops! Just be wary of your big dogs, as they may scratch natural wood.

Organize the toys. Find an attractive basket or another type of storage container to keep pet toys all in one place. Easier for your pet to find, and easy for you to put away when guests come over. Toss the smelly ones after a while – your pet will be happy with a new, fun toy!

Keep them clean. Proper grooming of your pet can keep odors at bay. Brush them regularly to remove the loose fur. It is so much easier to clean your pet (and sometimes fun, if they like it) than your curtains and furniture. Your home will stay cleaner much longer when you are proactive about collecting the pet hair!

Use washable where they sleep. If your pet sleeps on your bed (or their own), be sure to use something easy to wash like a duvet cover. This way if accidents happen, the bedding can be stripped easily and washed quickly. Bedsheets with a pattern can disguise pet hair for those times between washings as well.

Vacuum often. Simple and true, constant vacuuming is the best way to rid your home of pet hair tumbleweeds and anything else they may bring into your home with them. Use the hose attachment and vacuum off your furniture as well as curtains or any other surface that may get covered in pet hair.

Follow these tips to keep you and your pet happy at home! More Home Improvement Tips Here

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RSPS specialist

(571)405-8058

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Weichert Realtors / Old Town Alexandria VA

Carpenter’s Shelter COOK-OFF – support the homeless !

COOK-OFF

Mark your calendar for the 14th annual Carpenter’s Cook-Off!

Join us on Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 12-3pm at The Birchmere and indulge in an afternoon of food and fun while supporting Carpenter’s Shelter!

At Cook-Off, over 500 attendees enjoy tastings from over 20 area restaurants, bid on hot ticket items during the live auction and listen to live music.

Tickets on sale now!

 

Restaurants:

 

Join our talented roster of restaurants!

Is your restaurant interested in participating in Cook-Off and partnering with Carpenter’s Shelter to end homelessness in our community? Fill out the forms below and contact Rebecca Hightower at RebeccaHightower@CarpentersShelter.org or (703) 548-7500 x205. Come ready to show off your signature dish, and you could walk away with an award like the 2015 winners!

2015 Winners

Best Sweet Dish: Jackson 20

Best Savory Dish: Red Rocks Neapolitan Bistro

People’s Choice Award: The Grille at Morrison House

Kid’s Choice Award: Sugar Shack

This Year’s Restaurants:

Join in on the Cook-Off fun and see your logo here! Contact Rebecca Hightower at RebeccaHightower@CarpentersShelter.org or (703) 548-7500 x 205 with questions.

Ready to show off your dish? See the informational documents and necessary forms below!

Information Sheet
Restaurant Order Form & Menu Selection
Participation Agreement

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Weichert Realtors / Old Town Alexandria VA

5 Steps To Help Sell Your Home

5 Steps To Help Sell Your Home

Weichert Realtors

Here are some helpful tips on how to get your home sold in today’s market.

  1. Get Creative With The Sales ApproachIf your home is cleaned up and priced right, it’s all in the approach. Think outside the box. The standard newspaper ads announcing the same old information may not catch your buyer’s eye. Have your agent reveal WHY people would want to buy your home. Awesome neighborhood? Say it! Family style eat-in kitchen? Say it! Market your home creatively.
  2. It’s all in the priceDo you ever wonder why sellers keep lowering the price on their home? Some may think there may be an issue with that home. A good rule of thumb is to follow what the last comparable home sold for. Price it too high, and you may just scare buyers off. Lower prices draw quick and competing bids.
  3. Renovations Are Not Selling MagicIt is true that renovations will help. It makes a home more appealing to the eye as well as adding value. However, if you renovate, and keep that listing price sky high, your home may just stay on the market longer than expected.
  4. How Your Home Looks Online is CrucialPerfect pictures are worth a thousand words. If you’re going to make your house sparkle for those open houses, why not make it sparkle online? First impressions count and today’s buyers see your home online (in some cases, first).
  5. Don’t Fight The MarketTake into consideration what is going on in your local real estate market. Speak to a Weichert Sales Associate.

More Information http://www.weichert.com/guides/selling/

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First in Customer Service…

Elvira Jakovac 

Realtor. 

RSPS specialist

(571)405-8058

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Weichert Realtors / Old Town Alexandria VA

Preparing Your Home for Showings

Preparing Your Home for Showings

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Living in a home while keeping it in good condition for showings can be a difficult balance to achieve.

However, there are measures you can take to ensure that your home is primed and ready to impress potential home buyers.

House Hunting, The Take-Along Workbook for Home Buyers by Dian Hymer offers several suggestions for helping current owners keep their home in showing condition.

  • Buy a big plastic tub for each room. If a prospective buyer wants to see the home, you can quickly de-clutter by throwing unattractive essentials like toys and clothes into the tubs. Make sure to stow the tubs in the garage or closet.
  • Develop an escape plan. Decide in advance where you’ll go when potential buyers are on their way over. It doesn’t have to be far – taking a walk through the neighborhood is probably good enough.
  • Be flexible with showing times. Setting severe limitations makes it harder to sell a home. Not only will these tips help you keep your house tidy, but they will also help make the home selling process more manageable.

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First in Customer Service…

Elvira Jakovac 

Realtor. 

RSPS specialist

(571)405-8058

ElviraJakovac.com

Weichert Realtors / Old Town Alexandria VA

Reducing Energy Consumption in Your Home

Reducing Energy Consumption in Your Home

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You can make a significant difference in reducing your electric bill.

The summer heat is upon us, and with rising temperature naturally comes the rising cost of electricity as you cool your home.

You can make a significant difference in reducing your electric bill, however, by managing your energy consumption using home energy monitors and by taking advantage of the special rebates and incentives made available by the government and utility companies.

Additionally, you can take the initiative right at home by making a few changes to your home and routine:

Energy is wasted cooling drafty homes.  By caulking your windows and doors and installing appropriate weather stripping, you can reduce your energy waste by 10 percent!  Also, turning off your lights, television and other electronic devises when not in use can make a huge difference.

Your major appliances consume a ton of energy.  If you can limit the amount of uses for your dishwasher and washing machine to only full loads, it will have a positive affect on your consumption.  Hanging your clothes instead of using the dryer is equally beneficial.  Furthermore, if you can reduce your washing machine to shorter washes and use primarily cold water, it will keep costs down.

While at work, program your thermostat to allow warmer temperatures in the home.  There is little sense in keeping the home too cool when no one is around to enjoy it, so why waste the energy?  You can keep the temperature down by closing your blinds and curtains as well, preventing the sun from further heating your home.

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Let the Lights Shine – Indoors and Out!

Let the Lights Shine – Indoors and Out!

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Window Cleaning Tips and Advice

March 20th is the official first day of spring, and with its arrival we can expect more sunshine, longer days and warmer temperatures ahead of us. For homeowners with their house on the market, the brighter days of spring can really help make their home shine by allowing more light to come in and by letting homebuyers see their outdoor areas.

Whether your home is for sale or not, giving your windows a good cleaning – both inside and out – should be a part of every homeowner’s annual spring cleaning agenda. While cleaning windows might not be the most exciting chore, it is an easy and low cost way to enhance both the interior and exterior of your home – and one that might pay dividends in the long run if your home is for sale. Click here for an expert’s take on how to make your windows shine.

Source: This Old House
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0,,20364019,00.html

If you are looking for an environmentally friendly alternative to using harsh chemicals for your window cleaning project, have you thought of using lemons? For smudge-free glass with a refreshing scent, try mixing lemon juice, rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle. Simply spray it on your windows and mirrors and wipe away with a cloth. Click the link below to see the results!

Source: Ask Anna
http://askannamoseley.com/2013/04/green-cleaning-cleaning-with-lemons/

Skylights are fantastic for letting in plenty of natural sunlight but they don’t have the same effect if they are covered in streaks and dirt. If you have any skylights, remember to include them in your task. But, wait a minute. Those skylights can be really high and seemingly hard to reach. If you’re wondering what the best way to properly clean them is, click here to find out.

Source: How to Clean Stuff
http://www.howtocleanstuff.net/how-to-clean-a-skylight/

In addition to clean windows, a brighter, gleaming look can be achieved by taking time to clean your light bulbs and fixtures as well. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, dirty bulbs shed 30 percent less light than clean ones, providing a legitimate reason to take the extra time required to give your light bulbs a full cleaning.

It may go without saying, but before you get started with your cleaning, you should always turn off the electricity to the fixture. For bulbs themselves, all that is necessary is a quick wipe down using a dry cloth – such as a dryer sheet – to remove dust and grime. Ceiling fixtures, pendant lights and other glass covers, can be removed and cleaned with either cleaning spray and a microfiber cloth or in warm, soapy water.

If you have motion sensor lights outside, spray some window cleaner on a soft rag and give them a quick wipe. Removing any dirt and/or grime will possibly help prevent your sensors from lighting up too soon, which can lower your energy costs. Another good idea is to use a can of compressed air to clean out additional dirt that may be encased in the brackets and behind the bulbs of your garage lights and driveway lights.

If you have time, dusting weekly will keep the time spent on a deep spring cleaning to a minimum, and help you enjoy a bright, light home all year long. Not to mention that fresh lemony smell!

Learn more about spring maintenance and enjoy this happy season at home!

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