4 Tips for selling in the spring

Local Real Estate News

MCE for sale signSpring months can be the liveliest time to put your home on the market. To ensure a swift sale, implement the following tips to prep your home this spring.

Curb Appeal — The average buyer will know within seconds of seeing a home whether or not they want to consider buying it. Walk the property and see what needs sprucing up. Trim the trees and bushes, pressure wash the house and driveway, maybe even plant some flowers. If the outside is as beautiful as the inside, chances are, it will receive interest pretty quickly.

Pre-Inspections — We all have projects around the house, and sometimes never get to them. If you know ahead of time that there are issues the home inspector will find, then you should consider fixing it. If you haven’t maintained your home at all, you may want to go ahead and hire your own home inspector before it even goes on the market. Try to take on as many repairs as possible before selling to ensure a smooth home inspection.

Open Up — Find the positives in your home and accentuate them. Springtime is filled with fresh air, so one way to showcase your home is with open windows. Allow the sun to shine in while decorating the countertops with fresh flowers like peonies or gardenias. Buyers will instantly feel the freshness of the great outdoors with one step through the door.

Floors — Whether you have wood floors, tile or linoleum, make sure they shine. Buyers love to comment on the floors, so make sure yours dazzle. It may take some time, so be sure that grout is cleaned, carpets vacuumed, and wood floors sparkle. You would be surprised at the impact clean floors will have for potential buyers.

If you, or someone you know, might be planning to buy or sell a home this year, call me for a real estate experience that’s as personal as your home — one that is Built Around You.

— McEnearney Associates, “Tips for selling in spring”

Upcoming Local Events

oatlands tea
Image courtesy Oatlands

A bit outside of Reston: Oatlands will offer Afternoon Tea from 1 to 3 p.m. March 12 and 13 in the historic Carriage House (20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg). Assorted sandwiches, scones with preserves & cream and sweets will be served along with a black tea blended especially for Oatlands. Attire is casual; mansion tours are offered to tea guests at a discounted price of $6. See About Your Visit for a listing of available tours and information.

To make a reservation, call 703-777-3174. Teas require advance reservation and purchase. Teas must be reserved at least two days in advance. However, a tea may become full at any time, so make your reservations as early as possible. Teas are $29.95 plus tax per person, ages 3 and up.

Also: Get one-on-one help understanding your technology from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 12 at the Reston Regional Library (11925 Bowman Towne Dr.). Whether you need help with eBooks, smartphones or tablets, gather up your devices and login info to with a technology volunteer. Call 703-689-2700 to confirm availability.

Finally: Frying Pan Farm Park and the Friends of the Reston Regional Library will offer a chance for kids ages 6-11 to meet chickens and build a kite to fly in the March winds. Held at the Reston Regional Library 10:30-11:30 a.m. March 13. Register here.

Did I miss something happening today? Know of an upcoming event? Have a real estate question? Let me know in the comments below.

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