Is it about time to sell your house? A staged house attracts more buyers and more real estate agents, because staging makes it easy for visitors to visualize the dream of feeling at home. What should you proactively do if your $739,000 property at Columbia Heights isn’t updated with the latest fixtures?

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You already know the less clutter in your house, the larger the home will look and feel to potential home hunters.

I can help you throw a reverse housewarming party! We’ll get rid of unwanted items before your first open house by letting friends, family, neighbors and interested parties help you put the home in order.

Get rid of the floor lamps and table lamps. Unless a lamp is critical for showing the home, it should be prepped for moving day and hidden in your storage.

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Sometimes people don’t think about their windows and how they can help sell their home. Windows open up space in small rooms and they let light into large rooms.

If your windows are hiding behind cumbersome drapes and other coverings, now’s the time to take them down. Leave your windows bare, or hang sheer linen curtains.

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Is it a good idea to paint your 5-bedroom Craftsman before you list it for sale in Arlington?

We all know that neutral colors are not exciting, but you should also know that they are best when you’re selling your home.

If you want to sell your house with minimum hassle and at a maximum price, it’s critical that the home presents a good first impression. No decor or design choice is more important than your paint scheme.

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

Your home is your most personal space in your life. But when it’s on the market, it’s no longer a home. It’s a house for sale and it will soon be someone else’s home.

In addition to removing your clutter, it’s almost always a good idea to depersonalize.

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Consider these ideas:

  • Switch plates, cabinet handles, and small pieces of housing hardware are an inexpensive and effective update.
  • Rearrange furniture to maximize floor space. When you place furnishings in your residence you maximize your home’s livability. When you place furnishings in a home for sale, you want to maximize the home’s appeal.
  • Staging scents work best in small doses. Scent, even pleasant scents, are counter-productive if applied in heavy doses.
  • If your kitchen is a little drab you can add a lot of color by placing some candy in clear canisters. Jelly beans, coated candies, foil wrapped candies can all add interest to photo and a room.

Do you have a house like 2819 21st Rd S? It’s time to look closely at houses in 22204 to see what’s sold and what’s selling. (I can help.) How does your home stack-up against a Craftsman-style home like 2819 21st Rd S? Arlington County real estate offers some of the priciest properties in the country. So, a buyer here is going to expect a lot from your house.

I’m Will Nesbitt and I’m an expert in local real estate. I’m ready to work for you if you want to list your real property. It would be my pleasure to provide you with a detailed report on your property’s value, and I can give you personalized staging tips that work in Arlington County. I enjoy what I do because I’m good at what I do.

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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 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.