When should I sell my home? This is not always the easiest question to answer. A lot of people don’t plan on living in their first, second, or even third home forever, but still knowing when to let go and move on can be tricky. It can feel like ending a long term relationship, it’s much easier said than done.
In most cases, without a pressing reason staring you in the face such as a job transfer to another state or a new baby, it can be difficult to know when to sell your house. Here are some signs to help you make this life-changing decision:
- You’re feeling cramped, and you can’t add on
Your house might be too small for your growing family or you may have adopted a new lifestyle that just doesn’t fit your current house. Maybe you’ve started working from home, or you’ve decided to pursue your longtime dream of having a sewing room–there’s just no space. But before you pack up and leave, you see if paring down your possessions works to free up some space or you can finish an attic or basement, add another room, or even add a whole story to your home. But, of course, that won’t work for everyone.
- You have too much space
When your kids are all grown up and you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by vacant rooms and silence, maybe its time to sell. Granted, letting go of a family home can be difficult, but you should consider how feasible it is to stay.
- You’re over the neighborhood
Maybe you can no longer stand the rigid rules of your homeowners association, or perhaps your neighbors rented their house to frat guys. Whatever the reason, neighborhood dynamics can change dramatically over time.
- Remodeling won’t offer a return on your investment
Remodeling your kitchen or bathroom can make your house feel like new again, which might be all you need to make you want to stay. But it may not be a financially sound decision. Before making any significant improvement, make sure that you know the highest price point of your neighborhood. If your home is similar in style and condition to some of the priciest homes in the area, then remodeling might not be a good idea, and you should instead consider selling.
- When you can afford to sell
Sure, you’ll get money when you sell your house, but as the saying goes, it takes money to make money. Don’t think that you’ll just sit around and wait for the dollars to roll in. Most sellers would need to make some minor improvements out of their pockets such as painting, landscaping, or updating flooring to get a good price on their home.
- You’re ready to compete
If you’re living in a seller’s market, you might be enticed to sell your home before things cool off. But note that–once you sell, you’ll probably be a buyer, too. So, if you’re going to get out there, make sure you’re ready to compete.
Properties in Arlington County
1 beds, 1 full baths, 754 sqft living area
Live in the heart of Ballston, just 1 block to the Ballston Metro Station! Recently updated large one bedroom condo with a huge sunroom bringing in plenty of natural light. Renovated bathroom with new vanity, light fixtures and toilet and fresh paint throughout! Updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counters. Bedroom has a walk-in closet. Washer/dryer in-unit. A garage parking space is included. Building amenities include a concierge, pool, hot tub, fitness center, and BBQ grills. The location is superb, just a few blocks from Ballston Quarter, Quincy Park and all the other dining and entertainment options Ballston has to offer!
2 beds, 2 full baths, 1,742 sqft living area
Modern retreat! This 2 bedroom, 2 bath open floorplan set on the tranquil North corner of the building is in mint, move-in condition. Step out of your private elevator and experience soaring 9 foot ceilings, abundant natural light, and high-end finishes. The gourmet eat-in kitchen features Snaidero cabinetry, granite counters, Sub-Zero and Miele appliances. The expansive master suite with sitting room features a spa at home, with marble bath and deep soaking tub. A vast terrace will impress your guests with city & partial river views and offers a variety of opportunities for both entertaining and relaxation. Some of the many upgrades include Lutron lighting, backlit tray ceilings, motorized shades, built in shelving, custom draperies and designer light fixtures. Turnberry Tower is known for its superior amenities, including 24-hour complimentary valet parking, concierge, all-season pool, movie theater, and health club with yoga studio. Virtual and FaceTime tours also available.
2 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths, 1,606 sqft living area
Spacious 2 bedroom 2.5 bath condo in the Representative of Pentagon City at the top of Arlington Ridge. Half mile walking distance to Pentagon City Metro, Mall, Amazon HQ2, playgrounds, and parks. Upgraded kitchen with brand new stainless steel appliances, new tile in kitchen, new floors in dining, foyer, and carpet in bedrooms. Updated electrical panel and HVAC, and newly updated bathroom. The Master bedroom has a den that can be used as a home office or nursery. Both bedroom suites have private bathrooms. Oversized balcony with a view of Pentagon Row. Home has a 120 sq ft storage room across the hall plus a 2nd storage on the lower level (P1). Garage parking and plenty of street parking. The building has a 24-hour concierge, a fully equipped gym, and a beautiful, oversized pool. Laundry hookups available in the pantry, and free commercial-grade washer/dryer across the hall.
2 beds, 2 full baths, 1,328 sqft living area
SUNNY, SPACIOUS & SPECTACULAR! Unit 820 at The Continental at Ballston Metro has one of the most expansive and luxurious floor plans in the entire building. Perfect for everyday comfort and entertaining alike, this two-bedroom and two-bathroom D5 model features approximately 1,328 square feet of living space, which is the largest unit of its type. Contemporary and elegant, its open plan kitchen, dining and living area flow well together for your furnishings and decor. And its two sizable bedrooms, each with walk-in closets and spa-like bathrooms, can accommodate a variety of large furniture from king-sized beds to dressers and even desks. Options and upgrades abound including Brazilian cherry flooring, granite countertops, stainless steel Whirlpool Gold and GE kitchen appliances, front loading washer / dryer, kitchen backsplash, gas fireplace, linen closets, designer lighting, glass tub and shower doors, closet organizer systems and much more. The Continental has low condo fees relative to other buildings in Ballston yet offers residents amazing amenities such as a 24-hour concierge, fitness center, library with business center, party room with kitchen, cinema screening room, landscaped courtyard, 4-high speed elevators, and an incredible rooftop pool and lounge with gas grilling areas and panoramic urban city vistas. With respect to the area, the community's location couldn't be better: numerous dining, shopping and entertaining options are at your beck and call throughout the day and night (walk-score of 90). Moreover, the Orange / Silver line Metro is less than two blocks away and the new Target is just across the street. Last but not least, this property conveys with TWO PARKING SPACES on the first parking level and an extra-large STORAGE space just down the hall from the unit's front door. ***Unit 820 is an absolute must view for buyers that value space, comfort, luxury, location and community*** Call listing agent to schedule your private tour today! OPEN THIS SUNDAY FROM 1PM TO 3PM
2 beds, 2 full baths, 1,134 sqft living area
Location | Quality | Amenities This 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom has what you are looking for. Light and bright with floor to ceiling windows and private balcony overlooking the courtyard. Open floor plan. Open kitchen with New countertops, stainless steel appliances, and newly refaced cabinets. Beautiful hardwood flooring Gas fireplace. Walk-In-Closets and Soaking Tubs. 1 Garage Parking Space (Full Size) Enjoy Clarendon 1021's many Amenities - Expansive Fitness Center 24 Hour Front Desk Concierge Rooftop Pool, Jacuzzi, and Grills with Washington Monument and July 4th Fireworks Views *Coffee Lounge Business Center Party and Meeting Rooms Clarendon Neighborhood has a Walk Score of 96 2 blocks to Clarendon METRO, shops, dining, entertainment & more. Check out www.clarendon1021.net to get more detailed information about this incredible development. Garage Parking!
5 beds, 4 full baths, 4,432 sqft living area
PRICE ADJUSTMENT! Location! Location! AND priced well under assessed value. Lyon Village affords you easy access to metro and all things along the orange line metro line (coffee shops, fitness, restaurants and shops) but also bicycle trails, parks. This Colonial is tucked into the western end of the neighborhood, so closer in proximity to Clarendon Metro and Northside Social. Easy reach to Whole Foods and Trader Joes. While this Colonial was expanded to include a sunroom/family overlooking the rear yard, and an office/bedroom with loft above it - the home awaits a loving update, OR the 8,000 square foot (.18 acre) lot also affords a new owner the opportunity to build a new home in sought-after neighborhood. Wonderful backdrop to an easy, urban lifestyle. Off street parking. Property does convey in AS IS condition. ALSO - sellers are sharing conceptual drawings (documents section). Sellers are providing their ideas and concepts for the property in these conceptual drawings, had they decided to build. They would have torn down the existing home and built along the lines of the drawings. These ARE NOT plans one could submit for permits, but conceptual drawings. They did not seek bids to determine the costs of construction. The drawings are simply provided to give some ideas about what the sellers were thinking about doing. PROPERTY CONVEYS IN AS IS CONDITION
2 beds, 1 full baths, 994 sqft living area
2-level townhome/condo in Arlington Village Courtyards - washer/dryer in unit. Nice modern Kitchen w - 4 Burner Gas Stove, Microwave, Dishwasher and Fridge with Ice Maker - Separate Exhaust Fan (direct exhaust to outside) New Roof and re-built foundations completed last year - May 2019. Elegant Parquet wood floors on main level; Wonderful - LARGE - rear Deck that leads to sweet, green/garden space! (recently Power-washed and sealed!) Extra Storage (5' X 5') closet in nearby building - adjacent to the community Laundry (there is an W/D in the Townhouse) Gleaming wood floors on the 2nd level - 2BR's (1 Large, 1 Medium!) and good closets (including Linen Closet in Hallway) - Bath on 2nd Floor; Stellar location with abundant amenities nearby - Celtic House Pub, Bob & Edith's Diner! Starbucks, Lido's Pizza, Arlington Cinema Draft etc. complemented w/ wonderful Verdant Setting - Great for all of your Outdoor Activities - and the lovely deck off the back of this home is SOOO relaxing! (Big enough for 2 Grills and a table for six!) Not to mention the lovely garden just behind the deck! Serene Courtyard setting - perfect home for Covid Isolation & Communion with Nature! With interest rates so low, you can't afford not to invest in yourself! ( Amazon is literally right around the corner! PRIME! ergo = great upside investment potential!) Pets welcome! Less than 10 minutes to D.C. ,The National Mall & National Airport! Hop/Skip and you are there!
1 beds, 1 full baths, 725 sqft living area
Welcome home! The Hawthorn is a boutique condominium building with only 135 units nestled inside the bustling Ballston corridor! Enjoy ultimate urban convenience... just blocks to Ballston Quarter dining and nightlife + Ballston Metro + Virginia Sq Metro + Target + Harris Teeter + Mosaic Park + Quincy Park. BRAND NEW FRESH PAINT! Luxury appointments throughout... 9 foot ceilings + durable vinyl floors + maple cabinetry + granite countertops + floor-to-ceiling windows + gas cooking! Spacious Owner's Suite with ensuite bath. Expansive private balcony! NEW full size washer/dryer in unit(2020), NEW dishwasher(2020), NEW disposal(2020). 1 reserved garage parking space. The Hawthorn amenities include a manicured courtyard + fitness center + business center + onsite management office! Minutes to DC + Old Town Alexandria + National Airport + Tysons Corner!
0 beds, 1 full baths, 546 sqft living area
Updated and adorable studio with secure garage parking...just steps from elevator*Awesome 8th floor location overlooking creek and trees*Recent upgrades include carpet, blinds, paint*Newer range, fridge and HVAC*Updated bathroom with new vanity, lighting, commode and ceramic tile floor*Large entry closet plus custom "organizer" walk-in closet*ALL utilities included except cable*Multiple laundry rooms on each floor*Great building amenities to include fitness center, sauna, pool, tennis, convenience store, party room and more*Next to W&OD trail*Easy commuting to Pentagon, DC, airport, shopping and major routes*
3 beds, 2 full baths, 1,332 sqft living area
Welcome home to this stunning 3 beds + Loft, 2 full bath duplex. You will love the feel of the main floor which features a cozy living room that leads to the formal dining and spacious kitchen. The owners' suite is located on the upper level with a large closet and beautiful adjoining bath. The 2nd bedroom which is currently configured as a family library has a wooden ladder that leads to the Loft which serves as a HUGE bonus room. The kitchen features stainless steel appliances, beautiful cabinetry, granite countertops, and table space. The home comes with a sunroom that leads to a fenced-in backyard for privacy. Easy parking in front and a large driveway with space for up to 4 cars. This beautiful home is within walking distance to nature paths, shopping centers, and easy access to 395, Metro, and just minutes to DC.
1 beds, 1 full baths, 690 sqft living area
OPEN HOUSE - 1 - 3 p.m. Saturday Oct. 31. Stunning, classy kitchen with gas cooking...enlarged and spectacular. Inviting Bath tastefully remodeled as well. South-facing gem with an abundance of light, a secluded balcony in the treetops and Million $ + single family homes across the street. Laundry Room on each floor (another on lower level with oversized machines), bike storage and generous extra storage. Party Room, Gym and Roof Terrace with dazzling views. . Metro Bus right in front and you can easily walk South on Stafford St. to Ballston Metro Station and all of Ballston/Virginia Square conveniences and services. Walk to Cherrydale Safeway, Hardware Store, Flower/Gift Shop, Lee-Heights appealing Pastry Shop, Wine & Cheese Shop, Starbucks, etc. etc. Close to bike and walking paths. Quick access to I66, all bridges to D.C./Maryland, G. W. Parkway and a breeze to I95 and I495. Lots of pluses in this beauty. Attractive easy-care cork flooring throughout, paneled doors and customized closets. Lobby and Hallway updates underway. Close to perfection. V.A. and FHA financing approved.
3 beds, 2 full baths, 1,444 sqft living area
Welcome to this charming Arlington Forest Colonial with updates galore! This light filled home includes 3 bedrooms and 1 renovated full bath upstairs, a lovely sun porch/inviting foyer with vaulted ceiling on the main level with an open kitchen/dining room area. The beautifully finished (2015) lower level provides an abundance of extra living space with recessed lighting, a spa-like full bathroom, closet space and utility room. The updated kitchen shines with modern appliances including a microwave and gas range in 2017, and the dishwasher in 2019. The fully fenced, flat backyard is easily accessible from the extensive deck, providing plenty of room for outside entertaining! The large shed in the backyard is the perfect place to store all of your gardening supplies! Other updates to the home include: new roof (2018), HVAC and double pane insulated windows (2013), privacy fence (2014), and garbage disposal (2015). It has also recently been freshly painted throughout! Centrally located in Arlington, this home is a short walk (12-15 min) to the Ballston Metro and numerous shops and restaurants. It is a commuter's dream via numerous bus routes, close to 66 and 395 and a quick 10 minute drive the National Airport!.The home is also a steps away from the recently renovated Lubber Run Park and Amphitheatre and new Lubber Run Recreation Center. *Owner occupied. Agents must follow CDC Covid guidelines during showing. Please use shoe covers (provided) and minimally touch cabinets/door handles. Please be sure to wipe down anything you touch with cleaning wipes (provided). One hour showing notice required.