Helena Talbot’s blog – Tips To Get Your Home Sold

Do you know what your homes “Hot Buttons” are? We all know that location plays an important role in the sale of a home but there are several things that your home may have that you are not highlighting.

Here are a few things that you may not have thought of that you can use as “Hot Buttons” to help get your home sold more quickly.

• Everyone has their favorite places that they frequent – convenience places – such as the neighborhood Walmart, Costco, Home Depot or the closest Daycare Center etc. So make sure that you let your realtor know about the things that people may be looking for and ask your realtor to include them in all of the print material

• Is your home within walking distance to any neighborhood shopping districts? The ones with the highly sought after hang outs like Starbucks etc. Walk “Scores” are a huge part of a buyers decision as to whether they will buy a home or not.

• Bookshelves, nooks and storage spaces are also big time necessities for most people. Especially for apartment dwellers that are bursting at the seams due to the lack of these things. So make sure you let your realtor know about each of these spaces that could be a huge selling point for many people. Additionally, you are going to want to do everything possible to highlight these spaces with decor that will show off that particular use of space.

• Is your home dark? Consider removing the curtains or that old shade. This will make the space look lighter and brighter in the eyes of a buyer. A light, bright space has a positive emotional impact on people when they walk into a room so do everything you can to lighten your dark spaces with as much natural light as possible.

• Do you have a patio, deck, back yard or porch of any kind? Many buyers, especially people who have been living in an apartment and have not had the pleasure of having an outdoor living space, will have those things on their list of must haves. So if you have an outdoor living space, it would benefit you greatly to stage those areas. Accent them and make them as appealing as possible to your potential buyer. You want to have your potential buyer envisioning themselves using those spaces on a daily basis. Sometimes if your outdoor spaces are extremely desirable, the buyer will overlook some imperfections on the inside just because the outdoor spaces are everything they have ever wanted. A well staged outdoor space can also bring in higher offers.

• Let your potential buyers know if there is anything that you would be willing to leave in the house. Such as the refrigerator, washer, dryer, a patio set etc. These are the items that are hard to move and many people do not have one of their own and on moving day the last thing your buyer wants to think about is having to go out and purchase an appliance just to be able to live in their new home.

Talk to your realtor about all of the little things you can do to get your home sold quickly and for top dollar. Your realtor has been doing this for years and will have many tricks up their sleeves so take advantage of all that experience and let them do everything they can to help you sell your home!

I specialize in helping buyers and sellers invest in real estate in Loudoun County and Northern Virginia.

I have over 25 years experience in the real estate industry.  As a Broker/Owner with Exit Realty Talbot and Company, I bring special tools and solutions that enable me to exceed the expectations of my clientele.  If you are considering listing your property in Loudoun County or the nearby areas, ask me about our latest internet marketing systems.  I would appreciate the opportunity to earn your business.  I am experienced in listing and selling short sales.  For information on the short sale process, please visit  www.LoudounShortSaleSolutions.com.

For a free market analysis on the value of your home, please visit http://www.LoudounHomeValues.com

My past awards and designations include – 2003 President of the Dulles Association of Realtors, 2003 Dulles Area Assoc Realtor of the Year, Salesperson of the year 2000 Dulles Area Assoc of Realtors,  Top Producer awards from both the Dulles Area Association and the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors.  I am a member of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network.

I have lived in Loudoun County since 1979.  I am married with two grown children and two grandchildren.  My son in law is my business partner in real estate.  I love to jog in the mornings and spend time relaxing on my Trawler during the summer months.

Loudoun County and Northern Virginia Real Estate Sales and Solutions – Helena Talbot, Broker. I specialize in helping buyers and sellers invest in real estate in the Northern Virginia area to include Loudoun County and surrounding areas including Fairfax, Clarke, Fauquier, Prince William  Counties.  Our local neighborhoods includeLeesburgAshburn, Sterling, Potomac Falls, Brambleton, Broadlands, Lansdowne, River Creek, Belmont Country Club, Beacon Hill, Shenstone, Waterford, Lovettsville, Purcellville, Hamilton, Round Hill and Bluemont.                        Cell 703.727.9885    Office 703.574.3800

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