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Selling a Washington DC Home: 5 Big Things You Can Control

When selling a Washington DC home there are some things you can't control - such as the location of your home or that annoying neighbor. However, there are 5 big things you can control: price, curb appeal, space, and updates. And what you do with these things matters.

  1. Set an appealing price. Many homeowners think their home is worth more than it really is. Your Realtor, Michelle Buckman, will be able to help you to set an appealing price for your home. Michelle will base the price on the condition of your home, neighborhood comps, assessments, and the Washington DC Real Estate market.
  2. Create curb appeal. This is your buyer's first impression of your home; so make it a great one. Show attention to detail, and make your home stand out from the neighbors. Make sure the outside of your home, yard, and driveway look clean and well maintained. Sweep the sidewalk and driveway, power wash your house, wash your windows, and paint (if needed). Make sure street numbers are readily visible from the road. You'll also want to have fresh, colorful flowers in the front garden or in containers at the entry.
  3. Add space with storing and staging. The reason most people move is because they want more space. Bulky furniture and clutter will make your home appear smaller; rent a storage unit and put away all out of season clothes, toys, and home decorations and accessories. De-clutter tables and countertops, and keep closets empty - or as empty as possible.
  4. Update the kitchen and baths in your home. Replace the most dated features in your kitchen - countertops, cabinet pulls, or appliances. In the bathroom, replace an outdated vanity, remove old wallpaper and repair or replace cracked tile. Re-grout the sink and tub. Bathrooms are so personal that they can easily turn buyers off. Invest in new towels, bathmats and a shower curtain.
  5. Freshen up the paint. Painting is expected by buyers, but don't repaint the same colors that you chose 10 years ago - pick an updated neutral, and remember to paint the trim.

For more information on selling a Washington DC home, please contact Michelle Buckman. Michelle will help you showcase your home's best features.

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