10 Steps to Getting Top Dollar for Your Home in Arlington

5500 HOLMES RUN PKWY, Unit 1517, Alexandria VA, 22304
Condo with nice kitchen
When you decide to sell your home in Arlington you should immediately begin referring to it as a house. You’ve become emotionally attached to this place and it’s now time to say goodbye. Your home is where the heart is. Your house is a product for sale, so start detaching yourself by making some changes that will help you with the sale of the house. You probably have accumulated a lot of clutter over the years. This must be the first step. 1. Unclutter your home. Start in the basement and either throw things out or rent a locker off premises to store it until you move but prospective buyers need to see what the house looks like behind all your stuff. This means going room to room and clearing everything out that makes it look junkie and disorganized. 2. Neutralize the personal nature of your home. You may love the native tapestry on the living room wall from Bora Bora but I’ll guarantee 95% of your prospects will have it on their mind when they leave your home and not in a good way. Knick knacks and generally all things that you’ve previously enjoyed should be stored away until after the sale, that includes grandma’s spoon collection that takes up half a wall in the kitchen. Replace these things with neutral items like picture frames or vase with a simple arrangement. 3. Minor cosmetic work. Once you remove the clutter you will see all the things that you’ve been meaning to get to over the years. Painting where necessary, new carpet/s, moldings repaired, cracked plaster and re-taping/ repairing drywall. When making these improvements think neutral colors for any coverings be it paint or carpets. If you have hardwood floors sand them and finish them. Area rugs can look amazing. Whatever you do, don’t over do it. Try and think like a buyer.
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4. Hire a professional cleaner. Once you have the house cleared you should hire a professional cleaning crew to wash the walls, windows, work over the kitchen and bathrooms, clean the floors and shampoo all carpets that don’t need to be replaced. Your house should be spotless and kept this way for the duration. 5. Staging each room. If your rooms are smaller rearrange the furniture to make the room look bigger. For example removing some furniture is better than having too much cramped in. Set your furniture up in conversation pit style. Like a gourmet coffee house, make it cozy. Pull couches away from walls to give the appearance of depth. Remove wall clutter, one or two pictures but no more. Generally make it look inviting. 6. Kitchen and bathrooms. These are the most important rooms in your home to a buyer. Make sure they are impeccable. Plumbing fixtures should be working properly and look like new or they should be replaced. Use a good cleaner or even a metal polish to make them gleam. Showers and tubs need to be spotless! Sinks and vanities need to be pristine and uncluttered. Kitchen cupboards should be orderly, doors opening and closing properly, drawers the same. I can’t stress enough how important these two rooms are to your potential outcome. 7. Doors and windows. First thing prospects see when they walk in your home is a door. Make sure its painted or cleaned up and that it will open and close properly. This goes for screen doors as well. Often screen doors are a problem people let go. Not anymore. Windows should all be cleaned and be sure if someone wants to open them that they work properly. If they have been painted closed as is the case with some older homes, now is the time to get them to open. Do whatever it takes. 8. Garages and workshops. These are the second most important areas. Again remove all clutter from the garage and make it accessible so you can actually park your car in it! As for the workshop, try and organize it so the handy person prospect will appreciate what they can do with their “new shop” when they move in. It’s all about your prospect picturing themselves in your house. 9. Family effort. Everyone in your family needs to be on board with the presentation of the house. This means your kids need to buy into the project and keep their rooms tidy. Bribe them if you need to but everyone has to help maintain the appearance of the entire house. 10. Odors and pets. Wow, is this ever important. If you have pets only you really love them. When you walk into a house with dogs or cats you immediately smell them, especially if you don’t have your own. Keep litter boxes fresh and clean daily. Restrict your animals if at all possible to certain areas of the home until after the sale. Vinegar and water will do wonders when you clean their areas every other day until the sale is complete, and top it off with effective air fresheners wherever you need them. Vacuum often with carpet fresh powders two or 3 times a week. This sounds like quite a bit of work and it is. Try and remember that by following these tips you could easily add five to ten thousand dollars to the sale price of your home, maybe more. A little elbow grease now will be a solid investment.  

Properties in Arlington

Welcome to this stunning 2 bed, 2 bath condo at The Eclipse on Center Park Condominium, just steps away and on the same floor as the amenities! Upon entering, you'll be greeted by a lovely kitchen and inviting living room which have been freshly painted and are adorned with abundant natural light that flows in through large windows. The kitchen features sleek countertops, stainless steel appliances, and ample storage space for all your culinary needs. The primary bedroom offers a generous layout and a private ensuite bathroom with a double vanity, separate tub, and stall shower. Double closets line the hallway into the bathroom and offer a newly installed ELFA storage system. The second bedroom also has ample closet space and can be used as a guest room, home office, or whatever suits your needs. The unit also has an in-unit washer/dryer and conveys with a parking space AND a spacious storage unit. The HVAC system and water heater were replaced in 2019. The unit is connected with the app Resideo so you may conveniently control your heating and cooling from the ease of an app right on your phone! When you are not in your unit, all you have to do is go right down the hallway to enjoy the majority of the fantastic community amenities including a fitness center, outdoor pool, theater room, party room, and huge rooftop terrace! This community also has the convenience and security of a 24 hour concierge. The location could not be better as the community sits on top of a Harris Teeter grocery store and the bus to the metro is located directly across the street from the building. It is a short drive to DC, MD, or other parts of Northern Virginia. Don't miss the opportunity to make this exquisite 2 bed, 2 bath condo your new home! Schedule a showing today and experience the epitome of convenience at this modern building. [3650 S Glebe Rd #252, Arlington, VA]

A spacious and modern 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom corner unit with the perfect Arlington location. This alluring and bright dwelling presents an enticing open floor plan with floor-to-ceiling windows that will create the ultimate serene living experience. Create delightful culinary experiences for your loved ones in your well-appointed kitchen. This beautiful kitchen space features stainless steel appliances and a large island kitchen for all your cooking needs. This kitchen offers ample storage space and is the perfect spot to entertain. Look out onto your own beautiful, private balcony to meet the rest of your entertaining needs. The primary bedroom suite showcases expansive windows making it extremely bright & airy - the perfect oasis. The ensuite bathroom with a double sink vanity and soaking tub is another luxurious part of the unit. Turn right around the corner and you will find your gorgeous secondary bedroom- perfect for your bedroom or office needs. For added convenience, the unit includes one parking space in the underground garage. The location is unparalleled, granting effortless access to the finest dining, nightlife, and activities in both Clarendon and Ballston. Commuting is effortless, with close proximity to the Virginia Square-George Mason University Station, Clarendon Station, and Ballston Station. The most convenient location! The building also features a fitness center and rooftop for your enjoyment. Don't miss out on this opportunity to call this beautiful piece of Arlington your home! [3409 Wilson Blvd #309, Arlington, VA]

Live in comfort & style in this adorable renovated one-bedroom condo in sought after Fairlington Villages! This sweet & homey top level condo is sunny & bright with a balcony to enjoy the outdoor space where you can hang with friends or lounge with a beverage after a long day. Nicely updated throughout with fresh paint, new luxury vinyl flooring & stainless steel appliances. Plenty of storage with 2 walk-in closets & a huge attic large enough to be renovated into a finished second level for more living space! Laundry time is made easy with an in unit washer & dryer. You'll find beautifully well-maintained grounds & an array of amenities offered by Fairlington Villages including playgrounds, swimming pools, walking paths and tennis, pickleball & basketball courts- not to mention the weekly Farmer's Market at the Community Center. Tons of restaurants and shopping nearby & a short stroll to Shirlington Village, W&OD Trailhead & Shirlington Dog Park. Convenient commuter location with public transportation steps from your front door & easy access to I-395 just minutes to Old Town Alexandria & DC. [2874 S Abingdon St #C1, Arlington, VA]

Julie Nesbitt

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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.