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10 Things Sellers Should Replace Before Listing Their Northern Virginia Home
Most Northern Virginia sellers spend a lot of time preparing their homes for market. Cleaning closets, organizing the pantry, getting rid of old toys/books/stuff...the list goes on and on. Many even paint, recarpet or tackle minor remodeling projects.
There are a couple of simple things, however, that sellers often overlook. Because all real estate IS local, I can only comment that these items are off-putting for buyers in the Northern Virginia market--buyers in other parts of the country may not react to them in quite the same way.
Hollywood lights: Those bar lights above the bathroom sink that feature multiple round light bulbs
Brass 3 or 5 light builder-grade chandalier: Brass plated, with or without glass panels cost builders a couple of dollars--and buyers know it!
Brass cabinet knobs: The color of the late 80's and 90's has been replaced with a preference for stainless steel and other finishes. Even though these knobs were expensive (in true brass finish), they look dated.
Pull-down vinyl shades: Inexpensive window coverings that often feature fringe along the lower portion. You are better off with wood blinds--or vinyl blinds, if you must.
Linoleum counters: Those original basic counters, selected at the time the house was built, because they were part of the base package. I am NOT referring to some of the new, updated linoleums
Worn, Torn or damaged flooring: Carpet that is stained or stretched, linoleum that the dog has chewed, hardwoods that are scratched or broken
Wallpaper (no matter how nice or expensive): Buyers worry about the cost and trouble of removing it--even if they like it.
White builder grade tile: Those little square white tiles that were an improvement over previous generations of colored tile have been replaced by a preference for stone-like tile
Sagging closet shelves: Too many things stored in your closet or pantry wooden shelves will cause sagging. Replacement with wire shelving is inexpensive and contemporary looking.
Torn window screens: People notice these tears--they are easy and inexpensive to repair.
If you have read my blogs in the past, you may have seen me mention many of these items before. It is because they really do bug Northern Virginia buyers. Why would you want buyers noting all the ways that your home is deficient, rather than all the ways it could work for them? Don't get me wrong, your house can sell if you don't update these items, but it might take longer and result in a lower sales price.
The Spring market of 2012 is almost here. If you are interested in buying or selling your home this Spring, give me a call and we can put together a plan to get your house in fantastic shape for Spring marketing.
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