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

Charming and functional Old Town Townhouse ! LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION , 3 blocks to Old Towne King street and short walk to the waterfront.

416 N Henry St

2 metro stops from amazon hq2. 6 blocks from Braddock Rd Metro, 8 blocks to king street metro. Short drive to Reagan national airport and downtown DC, or Maryland. Walkscore of 95 means everything you need is within easy walking distance. Charming restaurants, pubs and bars, stunning water views and parks and all the conveniences of city living with a suburban feel. 3 bedrooms, 1 full bath, completely updated with new plumbing, electric and central air in 2005. Many custom add ons for convenience and space saving . Closetmaid solutions for each bedroom, folding desks, attic fans and insulation, backyard patio and private parking, a mature yoshino cherry tree in the front yard blossoms every spring, to let you know when the tidal basin is on full bloom. A great home to live in and a great investment. [Braddock - $579,900]

Get that NEW HOME FEEL in the heart of Del Ray! Nice quiet one-way street.

3017 Manning St

Its seconds from "The Avenue" and the new metro/AMZ-HQ2. Completely renovated inside and out. Taken down to studs. His/Hers Closet in the Master BR. ALL New central HVAC and ductwork. ALL New windows and doors. ALL new electrical throughout. ALL new plumbing throughout. ALL new kitchen, cabinets, countertops, appliances, backsplash, sink fixtures, etc. ALL new insulation and drywall. ALL new bathrooms. ALL new LED recessed canister lights. ALL new fencing, New interior and exterior paint. Completely redesigned new front porch. Completely resealed rubber roof. New gutters and downspouts with proper drainage. Completely redesigned landscaping and hardscaping. Beautifully designed by local architect for OPEN CONCEPT functionality and aesthetic appeal. Completely redesigned rear deck and patio with access to public parks and jogging trails. Walkout basement with rear access to alley. This home is a one of a kind beauty, which (outside of the structural component) has virtually brand new everything!!! [Waverly Taylor - $615,000]

Totally Renovated, A/C (5 yrs.

8452 Diablo Ct

old), New Roof, (2019) Appliances (5 yrs. old), New hot water (2019) Washer & Dryer (1 year old) New bath room & Kitchen (5yrs old) Hardwood Floor, Granite Counter tops Ceramic Tiles, New Floor, New Carpet, New paint, new light and many more updates Welcome home to this beautiful Pinewood South TH just moments from shopping, restaurants, and grocery stores. This upgraded bi-level home includes 3 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, and a half bathroom. Other highlights include a well-maintained backyard. [Pinewood South - $309,900]

Well maintained SFH house locates at the large and beautiful corner lot in Alexandria.

6423 Carriage Dr

House features with 3 BRs and 2 full BAs, pergo hardwood floor throughout. Living/dining area leading to large deck . Sizable shed/storage in the backyard. Wet bar at lower level for entertainment. Minutes to Kingstowne, I495, I 295 and DC. Close to Commuter and public transportation. [Rose Hill Park - $510,000]

Wonderful new price for this lovely, meticulously cared for home! New roof and HVAC completed 2019.

8315 Fort Hunt Rd

Waynewood school and WW pool membership is available! Light filled rooms include 4 spacious upper level bedrooms, inviting living room with gas fireplace, dining room includes antique chandelier and crown moldings, updated kitchen with quartz countertops, custom mosaic backsplash, warm wood cabinetry plus new Anderson sliding glass door that overlooks lovely deck, custom brick patio with landscape lighting, professionally landscaped fenced yard and tidy garden shed! Main level office/guest bedroom with custom built-ins. Walk out lower level includes large family room with party bar/refrigerator, laundry room, utility room and storage closets! Convenient carport and driveway with storage shed. Near parks, pools, and GW bike trail. Convenient to Old Town shops and restaurants, easy commute, near metro, express bus, airport and GW Parkway! Everything is done, just move in and enjoy! Please see floorplans in document section. [Collingwood Estates - $699,000]

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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.