Getting Your Home Ready to Sell!

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getting your home ready to sell!

We recently received a question on our Facebook page that we think many more of our followers may be asking themselves. The Question:

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This one question sparked a conversation between our CEO, Terry Belt & Partner Agent, Tom Hanton about not only painting, but staging & re-purposing as well. Be sure to check out the video here.

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Green is fresh, green is fun, green is not everyone’s favorite color. Bold, unique, and funky colors are super cool, but they do not typically work for everyone. When you are listing your home you want someone to walk in and be able to picture themselves living there. You want them to imagine their furniture in your living room, their pictures hung on your walls, and they cannot do that if the wall colors clash with their plans. The best option in this scenario is to re-paint to a much more neutral color (taupe, light grey, beige, tan, etc.). Think model home. You want your home to be a blank slate for a buyers imagination to run wild!

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Welcome home! This house is bright, fresh (without being green), and clean. This is a prime example of a home that is ready to sell. If your walls are a neutral color like in the above photo you are in a good place. Our only tip here would be to pay attention to your base boards and moldings. Make sure they are a bright white. This small tweak will make the room appear much brighter and welcoming to potential buyers.

Painting is a very simple to-do when getting your home ready to sell, and it goes hand in hand with staging. The Belt Team has been in the industry for over 50 years and have formed relationships with some of the best stagers in the industry. We often coordinate consultations for our clients with our favorite stagers when we are trying to get their home ready for the market. Having a professional come in takes a lot of the stress off of you during an already stressful time. If your budget doesn’t allow for full staging, there is also the option of re-purposing. This is a simple fix when you’ve got the pieces, but they are not being used in the most optimal way. A professional stager can come in and re-purpose your furniture, decorations, etc. and create a scene that a buyer will be blown away by.

Below is an example of re-purposing a room! This was one of our past listings. When the room being setup as a bedroom was not working, our stager came in and suggested turning it into a recreation room instead. We got much better feedback with this setup from potential buyers.

Overall the decision to paint, stage, and re-purpose is 100% up to the seller. Your agent’s job is to help you make those decisions and suggest the best game plan for the quickest sale of your home. Like most things in real estate there is never a simple answer to most questions. We hope these few tips can help you consider the best options to get your home market ready!

If you have any other questions or topics you want us to cover please do not hesitate to reach out!

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Should I list my home during the Holidays?

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Should I list my home during the Holidays? This is a questions the agents on The Belt Team get a lot! Terry Belt, our CEO, & Tom Hanton have 11 reasons you SHOULD in fact list your home during the Holidays!

  1. People who look for a home during the Holidays are more serious buyers!
  2. Serious buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the Holidays and less competition means more money for you!
  3. Since the supply of listings will dramatically increase in January, there will be less demand for your particular home! Less demand means less money & longer time on the market for you!
  4. Houses show better when decorated for the Holidays! #curbappeal
  5. Buyers are more emotional during the Holidays, so they are more likely to pay your price!
  6. Buyers have more time to look for a home during the Holidays than they do during a working week.
  7. Some people must buy before the end of the year for tax reasons!
  8. January is traditionally the month for employees to begin new jobs. Since transferees cannot wait until spring to buy, you must be on the market now to capture that market!
  9. You can still be on the market, but you have the option to restrict showings during the six or seven days during the Holidays!
  10. You can sell now for more money and we will provide for a delayed closing or extended occupancy until early next year!
  11. By selling now, you may have an opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer during the spring, when many more houses are on the market for less money! Sell high and buy low!

Terry & Tom elaborate on this list in the video above. Be sure to check it out!

*List credit to Mike Ferry, North America’s Leading Real Estate Coaching & Training Company*

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115 Saratoga Waye NE Vienna, VA 22180- Listed by The Belt Team

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115 Saratoga Waye NE Vienna, VA 22180 Just Listed by The Belt Team

Welcome home to this lovely colonial in the sought after Heads Hill neighborhood. This exquisite property is located in a quaint cul-de-sac featuring 5 bedrooms /2.5 baths. Exceptional details include shining hardwood floors, custom crown moldings, Corian countertops, gas fireplace with mantel, spacious eat-in kitchen, recessed lighting, immaculate sunroom, large Trex deck, and so much more! The outdoor space & floor plan are an entertainers dream come true. The large deck & gorgeous landscaping are ready for you to host your house warming!

Price, lots more photos & additional info 115 Saratoga Waye NE Vienna, VA 22180

Call Terry Belt & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975!

Call The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 if you would like to buy or sell in Vienna this year. The Belt Team is Vienna’s #1 Real Estate Team. (Sellers –  you’ll be interested to know that Belt Team Sellers sell FASTER and for MORE money than average! Special info for Vienna Home Sellers.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1872 Amberwood Manor Ct. Vienna, VA 22181- Listed by The Belt Team

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1872 Amberwood Manor Ct. Vienna, VA 22181 Just Listed by The Belt Team

This majestic colonial is packed with timeless elegance! Located on whimsical Wynhurst lane tucked away in Vienna. No details were spared in this exquisite property featuring 4 bedrooms/4.5 baths. Exceptional details include shining hardwood floors, stunning vaulted ceilings, decorative moldings, intricate custom tile work, striking gourmet eat-in kitchen with large center island, stainless steel Kitchen Aid appliances, formal dining room, family room with fireplace, solid custom built-ins throughout, incredible master suite with 2 walk-in closets, sitting area, and spacious master en-suite. The outdoor space is a dream come true. You are surrounded by luscious greenery, mature trees, a spacious front yard, and large two-tiered deck. This is the perfect home for entertaining and everyday life.

Price, lots more photos & additional info 1872 Amberwood Manor Ct. Vienna, VA 22181

Call Terry Belt & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975!

Call The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 if you would like to buy or sell in Vienna this year. The Belt Team is Vienna’s #1 Real Estate Team. (Sellers –  you’ll be interested to know that Belt Team Sellers sell FASTER and for MORE money than average! Special info for Vienna Home Sellers.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 6 Best Sledding Hills In Vienna, VA

Real estate is all about location, and so is SLEDDING; so in honor of this weekend’s blizzard, we present you with the 6 Best Sledding Hills in Vienna, VA!

(And PS – If you start going stir crazy – this is a GREAT time to search for a new home on our state-of-the-art web site or get a FREE online INSTANT estimate of your home’s value.)

Sledding in Vienna VA

Whenever anyone talks about snow, don’t you find your mind wandering back to your childhood and remembering all the adventures you had in the snow? We sure do. Some of us on The Belt Team started out life in Southern California. We didn’t have much experience with snow in our early days. In fact, we hardly even ever saw rain! I remember traveling to Denver for a wedding once and in order to play in the snow, we had to wrap plastic baggies around our hands & feet because we didn’t own gloves or boots (who needed gloves & boots at the beach?!).

44 years ago, we moved from California to Vienna. And not long after we arrived, IT SNOWED! Dad bought us our first sled and we immediately set out to enjoy this new world of speed & excitement. We had an old-fashioned Flexible Flyer sled and soon gained a reputation for the fastest sled in Waverly. We’d sled for hours and hours, with brief intermissions for hot chocolate and sustenance, only to head out for more. Night-time sledding was the best. Those were the days.

Since we’re finally having a “real” snowstorm we thought we’d share what we think are the . . .

6 BEST SLEDDING HILLS IN VIENNA!

6. Clarks Crossing Park

5. Cunningham Park Elementary School

4. Glyndon Park

3. Abbotsford Drive in Waverly

2. The “Bowl” at Wolf Trap National Park For The Perfoming Arts

1. The BIG HILL AT WOLF TRAP – This is the “Daddy of em all”!

So what are your favorite snow memories? And your top spots for sledding? (It all depends on where you live in Vienna, doesn’t it?!)

PS – If you start going stir-crazy and need to get out, there’s one place in Vienna we have always found open during a snow storm (at least since 1977 when it opened) and that’s The Amphora. Even back in the 90’s when we had three double-digit snow storms in a several week period, The Amphora stayed open. We will be posting a list of what’s open after the snow begins to fall so STAY TUNED!

And now . . .

LET IT SNOW! LET IT SNOW! LET IT SNOW!

116 Tapawingo Rd SE Vienna VA 22180 – Listed by The Belt Team & Open Sunday July 19

Not only will you love the kitchen at 116 Tapawingo Rd SW Vienna, wait until you see the rest of this awesome new home proudly built by Somerville Homes and listed by The Belt Team! You’ve driven by a million times. Now you can see inside!

OPEN SUNDAY, JULY 19 from 1-4PM

Price, info and LOTS of photos of 116 Tapawingo Rd SE Vienna VA 22180

Call Kevin Kleifges & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 to schedule a showing.

Stunning new custom home from Somerville Homes. This light-filled home is loaded with upgrades and high end finishes and includes designer gourmet eat-in kitchen with large island, family room with fireplace, separate dining room, main level study, a striking master suite, 4 bedrooms on the upper level and gorgeous hardwood floors on the upper two levels. The finished lower level features a rec room, exercise room, wet bar, the home’s 5th bedroom and a full bath.  A fabulous close-in Vienna location, excellent schools and great for commuters

New Homes in Vienna

116 Tapawingo Rd SE Vienna VA 22180 – Listed by The Belt Team & Open Sunday

Not only will you love the kitchen at 116 Tapawingo Rd SW Vienna, wait until you see the rest of this awesome new home proudly built by Somerville Homes and listed by The Belt Team! You’ve driven by a million times. Now you can see inside!

OPEN SUNDAY, JULY 12 from 1-4PM

Price, info and LOTS of photos of 116 Tapawingo Rd SE Vienna VA 22180

Call Kevin Kleifges & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 to schedule a showing.

Stunning new custom home from Somerville Homes. This light-filled home is loaded with upgrades and high end finishes and includes designer gourmet eat-in kitchen with large island, family room with fireplace, separate dining room, main level study, a striking master suite, 4 bedrooms on the upper level and gorgeous hardwood floors on the upper two levels. The finished lower level features a rec room, exercise room, wet bar, the home’s 5th bedroom and a full bath.  A fabulous close-in Vienna location, excellent schools and great for commuters

New Homes in Vienna