Determine Time Frame
When should you list your property for sale?
Remember, it's hard to keep you home in "model
home" condition while you're living there. If you have the time, remove
unnecessary items so that your home will look larger, more neutral and will
be easier to keep ready for showing. Allow 1-2 weeks after you choose a price
for your home so that brochures may be printed, mailers sent, a brokers open
scheduled, advertisements placed, ... . Use that extra time to clean out and
clean up your home. Smells can be a determing factor for some buyers, make sure
pet odors, mildew or cooking aromas are avoided. Put valuables away in safe
In early 2006, the Northern Virginia real estate market was adjusting to a more "typical" market. Prepare to wait for a contract. There are many quality homes on the market. With so many to choose from, a buyer can be very picky. It comes down to location, condition and price. Location is the only feature you can't change, be prepared to be flexible with the things you can change...condition and price.