10 Ideas For a Quicker and Easier Sale When Selling Your House

1. NO CLUTTER. Throw out old newspapers and magazines. Pack away most of your small items like figurines and other trinkets. Store clothing that won’t be used in the near future to make closets seem roomier. Clean out the garage. Buyers like to visualize their possessions in the house and that is hard to do when the home is full of clutter.

2. Wash your windows and screens. This lets more light into the interior and dirty windows are a turn off.

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3. Keep everything extra clean. Wash fingerprints and dirt from light switch plates. Clean the floors, stove, refrigerator, washer and dryer. A clean house makes a better first impression and tells buyers that the home has been well cared for.

4. Put brighter bulbs in light sockets to make rooms appear brighter, especially dark rooms. Replace any burnt-out bulbs. Turn all lights on before buyers come to view the home.

5. Make all minor repairs that you can find. Everything you don’t repair now will be revealed in the home inspection and can create a bad impression. Small problems such as sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, cracked receptacle covers or a dripping faucet may seem trivial, but they’ll give buyers the impression that the house isn’t well maintained.

6. Shoot for good curb appeal. Cut the grass, rake any leaves, trim the bushes, and edge the walks. Put a couple of bright potted flowers near the entryway to cheer things up and get the buyers attention.

7. Patch holes in your driveway and reapply sealant, if applicable.

8. Clean dirty gutters.

9. Polish or replace your front doorknob and door numbers.

10. Get rid of smells. Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. If carpets are old and need replacing, it is worth while to replace them. The additional price you receive for your house will most likely outweigh the expense. Open the windows. The number one turn off to a potential buyer is an unpleasant odor.

Properties in Alexandria

FRESH UPDATES AND PRICED TO SELL QUICKLY! Brand new carpet (July 2019), Brand new Stainless Steel Appliances (July 2019) + Freshly painted interior top to bottom; Spacious 4BR Colonial located on quiet and secluded cul de sac approx a mile from both yellow & blue Metro Line; Huge freshly painted 2-level deck overlooking nicely landscaped yard, rear fence + shed; Updated maple kitchen cabinets, granite counters and Elfa custom shelving in the large Kitchen pantry + Master Bedroom closet; Cozy Family Room with brick fireplace; Formal Living Room + Dining Room with low maintenance laminate floors; Upper Level has spacious Master Bedroom w/ceiling fan, Master Bath + 3 Additional Bedrooms, Full Bathroom; Fully finished Basement features Recreation Room with stunning brick fireplace and custom-built bar perfect for entertaining and relaxing; Cedar closet + huge storage space with shelving in lower level.

5812 Queens Gate Ct

WELCOME HOME! [Norton Square - $674,950]

Absolutely stunning and fully renovated 4 BR, 3.

4627 Mayhunt Ct

5FB, 3 level town home; situated in a private and highly sought after cul-de-sac in Alexandria, VA! TRULY a one of a kind home; everything from the roof down was renovated in 2018. Some of the major updates include: New roof, HVAC System, gutters, vinyl siding, crown moldings, over $10k in energy-saving recessed lighting. A breath-taking and fully updated kitchen includes top of the line stainless steel LG appliances, marble flooring, back-splash, quartz counter-tops, and soft-close kitchen cabinets. Also, check out the new sliding doors (kitchen to front balcony), stainless steel LG washer and dryer, high quality hard wood flooring and carpet throughout, large Trex deck with stair-case to lower level. In addition, a new concrete patio, all windows recently replaced, solid wood doors, and custom- made stair railings. All of the bathrooms were fully renovated w/ marble flooring, Ferguson brand toilets and tubs, granite topped vanities, seamless glass showers, and each BR includes a custom installed blue-tooth music speaker system with water-proof remotes!!! Not even the smallest detail was overlooked in this renovation! You will very rarely see homes renovated w/ this high standard of quality materials! Incredible attention to detail is obviously from a quick look around! This is NOT an investor's flip home, or one that was renovated with builder grade materials. IT IS A MUST SEE! THIS HOME WON'T LAST! 100% move-in ready! Home is situated just minutes from DC and Old Town Alexandria. Only a block away from multiple shopping centers that include Home Depot, Starbucks, grocery stores, convenience stores and it's only minutes from I-95! Schedule your showing today! [Pinecrest View - $529,900]

Welcome to a bright and spacious end unit Townhouse in a great and convenient location.

7055 Ashleigh Manor Ct

Owner's bedroom with vaulted ceilings, owner's bathroom with double sink, Jacuzzi tub and separate shower. Kitchen has new appliances, living room with fire place, new light fixtures, brand new deck, paint throughout the house. Fire place in the walk out basement with a nice size rec room. [Kingstowne - $519,999]

This is a unique corner 1 bed 1 bath condo with a large balcony.

301 N Beauregard St #820

. The unit 758 SF. There are hardwood floors throughout. The unit has new convectors, lighting and is newly painted! Amenities Rich Building offering Huge Pool with Grilling, 24 Hour Desk Service. Amenities, Everything You need Gym, Basketball and Tennis courts. Surrounded by Grocery, Restaurants, Shopping, Crafting, Including a brad new Giant. Metro and DASH buses to Pentagon in front of building! Metro Van Dorn is a short 2.5 miles away! All utilities are included in the condo fees. This is a unique tier in the fountains with the 1 bedrooms with a corner facing north. FHA Approved - great opportunity for first time buyers. [The Fountains - $163,000]

Freshly painted, newly carpeted and ready for you.

6563 McKenna Way

Well located Kingstowne townhome, Federal style, 2200 sq ft, brick front, foyer entry. Beautiful hardwoods through main level. Attractive lighted built-in art and treasure display shelving in dinin area. Open kitchn features granite counters and island plus BRAND NEW stainless side-by-side refrigerator and stainless gas stove. Main level opens to tree screened deck. Easy maintenance composite decking. Bedroom level 3 bedrooms, master suite with walk-in closet complete with organizer shelves, hang-up areas and drawers. Luxury master bath, separate shower and soaking tub, double vanity. New carpet thru bedroom & lower levels. Finished lower level with gas fireplace and walk-out to private custom brick patio. 2 car garage with extra storage and work area [Kingstowne - $615,000]

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Will is the principal broker of Nesbitt Realty and Condo Alexandria. He is licensed in anywhere in the Commonwealth of Virginia, but focuses on those communities found in and around Alexandria, Arlington, Mount Vernon and Springfield/Franconia. Will has been involved in real estate management, sales and investment for more than twenty years. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army. While in the army, he studied Russian at Monterey's Defense Language Institute. He is also a "veteran of the dotcom wars" and built most of the sites associated with NesbittRealty.com Will currently resides in Belle Haven Estates just outside Old Town, overlooking New Alexandria. He is a former president of the Mount Vernon Youth Athletic Association and founded the Alexandria Fun with Friends Group. Will is the author of BattlestorM, a tabletop fantasy game, which was published by Ral Partha Publishing in the late '90's, and Arthur's Realm, a boardgame available at the Gamecrafter.