Are you getting ready to market your home? One reason sellers like to stage their home is because staged properties usually sell for more money. Here’s a few ideas of what you can do when you don’t even know what to do first?

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An over-stuffed home might be the reason you’re moving. So you don’t want that to be the reason for a home hunter to pass on your property.

Countertops, console tables, open-shelving , tabletops, bed side tables—because any flat surface—looks best with as little as possible on display. These items are personal in nature and might not be of any interest to a buyer.

Every day fill a box with stuff. Not only will this make your home more presentable, but it will also make moving day less stressful and easier to manage.

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New windows are expensive. Window treatments by comparison are relatively affordable.

It’s time to lose those out-of-style window treatments. Bare windows are preferable to drapes or curtains that don’t look great.

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It’s about time to move your property. Does that mean it’s time to selling dreaming about your interior color scheme?

Soft whites, plaster gray, and very subtle colors can make the walls recede from the eye and make your home a blank canvass for the next owner. “Greige,” a pale gray with a beige undertone, is one of the most versatile colors for staging. This pale taupe is a cool, sophisticated hue that can elegantly complement most furnishings.

It’s a good idea to paint before you put a home on the market. This is one of the most cost-effective home improvements you can do.

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It’s time to sell. That means it’s time to erase your personal touches.

When you buy a home the first thing you’ll want to do is personalize it. When you sell a home in the City of Alexandria, the first thing you’ll want to do is de-personalize it.

Depersonalizing is a good idea when you decide to sell.

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Look At these suggestions:

  • Leave the corners of a room open. We do this because empty corners extend a shopper’s view of a room. This makes the space feel larger.
  • Arrange things to display the rooms purpose. This can help utility areas like a mud room or a tool room or craft area.
  • Whenever possible raise the bar of your shower curtain or window treatments to make a space seem more airy.
  • Clean you entire house. Then clean it again. After you’ve done that twice, pay a professional cleaner to come in and make the home sparkle.

Get to know the neighborhood and what’s for sale in 22314. Take a look at the pictures and ask yourself how your garden-style condo compares to other 1-bedroom garden-style condos for sale in the City of Alexandria. Buyers have access to a lot of information about real estate in the City of Alexandria. And most of the time most of the purchasers will buy the best home for the money.

I’m Julie Nesbitt and I’m an expert in real estate in 22314. I’m ready to work for you if you want to market your real estate. I can give you an expert opinion on your real estate’s value, and I can give you personalized staging tips that work in 22314. I am dedicated to results.

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Julie Nesbitt is an ABR who has served buyers in some of Alexandria’s most exclusive neighborhoods.  She is a top producing agent who has listed and sold property in Northern Virginia. In addition to helping folks buy, sell and rent property in Northern Virginia, Julie is the primary administrator of the property management services performed by Nesbitt Realty and Condo Alexandria. Call Julie at (703)765-0300.