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September
28

Last-Minute Staging Suggestions for Sellers

Staging

As you prepare to show your home, our real estate agents suggest that you and your agent take an afternoon to evaluate the entire house once more to ensure that everything is as presentable as possible. Unless you've hired a professional staging company, you may want to consider these easy last-minute staging suggestions that will showcase your home.

  1. Perform a Quick Clean
    If you've only got a few minutes to spare before a showing, devote that time to spot cleaning. Check corners for debris collections, wipe the dust from windowsills and countertops, and remove any trash that may have been deposited during previous showings. Remember to do a walkthrough of all areas, including bathrooms, the garage, and closets.

  2. Hide Your Cleaning Supplies
    After you've cleaned the space, finish tidying up by storing all cleaning supplies. Although you still want these items to be easily accessible after the showing, keeping them visible in the home is not recommended. Consider keeping them in a container in your vehicle, so they're always on hand yet always out of the way of your buyers.

  3. Perform a Quick Declutter
    Cleaning and decluttering a space have two different objectives. When you declutter, you're removing items that can distract or obstruct a viewer during the showing. For instance, put away all kitchen appliances that normally sit on the countertops. You should also remove all personal items on display in the home, such as photographs, awards, or other mementos that paint a picture of who you are in the buyer's mind. You want your home to be a blank slate for your buyer to fill in however they wish.  

  4. Remove Signs of Pets
    Although your pets are part of your family and home, not all buyers are thrilled to discover that animals once lived inside the home of their dreams. You may have kept your home in great shape, but some buyers will wonder if there are any stains or damages caused by your pets. Remove as many signs of your pet as possible and consider spraying a fresh scent in the areas where pet beds or litter boxes are usually stored.  

  5. Create a Comfortable Space
    Staging is more than a visual technique; it also involves creating a comfortable space that's appealing to the other senses. If the home seems stuffy or if a smell lingers, open the windows and let fresh air in. Look up at all of your lighting fixtures and replace any dim or dead lightbulbs to ensure that all rooms are adequately lit. You can also consider playing light music and leaving out refreshments that will help your guests relax while they browse the home.  

  6. Exit Stage Left!
    Now that you've finished staging your home, it's time to make a swift exit! While you may be excited to show potential buyers everything your property has to offer, you want to give them the space and time they need to take everything in.

When listing Virginia homes for sale, we typically recommend hiring a professional staging company to showcase your home for a successful sale! For help buying or selling homes in Virginia, contact us today.

November
3

Old Dominion Realty Open Houses | November 5

Let's Open House in Staunton

Staunton Open House

Staunton is considered a hidden gem here in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.  Situated between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, Staunton's charming downtown is home to inspired architecture, a vibrant arts and music scene, unbeatable restaurants and eateries, and a variety of small shops and businesses along our historic Main Street.  Staunton is a city where artists, entrepreneurs, and families live side-by-side along tree-lined streets. If you're looking for a truly unique place to call home in Virginia, you've found it in Staunton, VA.  

Featured Open Houses

16 Singing Pines Ln, Staunton, VA 24401

Subdivision:  Fairmont

$239,900

Sq Ft: 2,610 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 3 (full) 

Open House: Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 1PM - 3PM

16 Singing Pines Lane Staunton

 
October
10

5 Reasons to Go to an Open House--Even If You're Not Ready to Buy

5 Reasons to Attend an Open House
Anyone who has shopped for a home knows what it's like to spend countless hours dreaming about your ideal home, scouring every online listing in your area, and attending open houses to get an up-close look at your favorite properties.

These can all be fun activities when you're working to buy a house, and they also present valuable learning opportunities that will help you find the right deal for your needs. But is it still worth it to attend an open house, even if you're not ready to purchase? Our REALTORS® are here to explain why with five reasons to attend an open house even if you're not planning to buy.

  1. Learn More about Your Likes, Needs, and Wants
    Looking at homes online is fun, but it's hard to make decisions on what you want just by looking at photos or video of the home. Attending an open house allows you to see the features of a home up close and personal, so you can get a better idea of what you'll want when the time is right for you to buy a house. Be sure to take notes as you go, so that you'll have something to look back on when you're ready to shop for a home. 

  2. Get to Know Listing Agents
    Even if you're not ready to buy, getting to know local listing agents will serve you well when you do decide to enter the market. An open house is an excellent chance to see listing agents in action, ask questions, and see if the agent is someone you'd like to work with in the future. Finding the right real estate agent makes it so much easier to find the right home, and attending open houses will put you in touch with a diverse group of real estate agents in your area.

  3. Discover Design Ideas for Your Current Home
    Perhaps you own a home that you love, and don't see yourself leaving anytime soon. You can still benefit by attending an open house! Visiting different homes in your area is a fun, easy way to pick up interior design ideas, gauge the latest decorating trends, and learn more about landscaping. Attending open houses is also an excellent way to find staging ideas, in case you ever do decide to sell.

  4. Market Research
    Whether you're buying, selling, or browsing, attending open houses can tell you quite a bit about the real estate market in your area. If you find yourself visiting crowded open houses in the same neighborhoods, then there's a good chance homes are pretty hot in that area. Open houses also provide opportunities to trade intel with other shoppers, and discuss the market with listing agents.

  5. Dreaming of the Future
    There are plenty of practical reasons for visiting open houses when you don't plan to buy, but there's also nothing wrong with visiting an open house just to dream on your own future home. Dream of your favorite features, your ideal neighborhood, or the perfect home for your family. While you're there, you can still learn plenty of valuable tidbits for when you're ready to buy a house.

Are you ready to shop for your dream home, find the best open houses, or stage an open house of your own? Contact Old Dominion Realty to learn more about how our experienced, local team can help with all of your real estate needs.

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May
3

Selling a Home in Staunton Open House Tips from the Pros

Open House Tips from the Pros
Selling your home in Staunton? While the internet brings buyers and sellers together like never before, most home sales still come down to one thing: first-hand impressions of the home. Personal tours still play priceless roles in the decision to make a bid, but because most sellers can't keep their home ready for guests at all times, they rely on the open house to show off their space to anyone who might be interested.

So, how do you make sure your open house results in serious offers? Make sure you take the following five steps before opening your doors.

  1. Advertise your open house online.
    Marketing your home is easier than ever, with dozens of apps and websites that attract potential buyers with comprehensive, up-to-date local listings. Take advantage of these tools to list your open house, including the location, date, and time. Include all the info you'll put on your property description sheet, then spice it up with extra digital content like slideshows, maps, and virtual tours that help your home stand out.

  2. Inform and invite your neighbors.
    Some of the most helpful traffic at your open house might not be from house-hunting strangers at all. Your own neighbors could actually serve two unexpected purposes during your open house. First, potential homebuyers will get to interact with their potential new neighbors, making life in the neighborhood feel more real. More importantly, your neighbors might have friends or family who want to move closer to them, and they can spread the word on your behalf.

  3. Make your space as neutral as possible.
    Remember: your guests have other homes in Staunton to consider. If they spot something that violates their values or upsets them, they can simply choose to take their money elsewhere. Taxidermy, nudity, profanity, and politics are off-limits, so scan each and every room for any décor or belongings that could turn people off. Of course, neutrality is also important for a more subtle, subconscious reason: buyers need to "see themselves" in your home. Family photos aren't controversial décor, but too much personalization could prevent your buyers from picturing their own family members in each room.

  4. Clean and de-clutter every single room.
    A clean, organized home tells buyers it's also loved and well-maintained. Show how much you value your home, and make sure every surface is spotless and functional before guests arrive. Get rid of any clutter or extra furniture that makes rooms look smaller, and close the toilet lids in every bathroom. This is also the time to take care of any minor repairs you've been putting off, especially leaky faucets or missing bulbs. Finally, on the day of the open house, show off all your hard work in a good light. Open all the curtains and blinds to let natural light flow through every room.

  5. Guide the way with eye-catching signs.
    When the big day finally arrives, make sure you place signs throughout town. Advertise at busy intersections, with arrows clearly pointing the way to your street, and mark your actual home with matching signs and balloons that tell homebuyers they're in the right place. Today's buyers have a lot of listings to sift through, and someone who missed your post might spot a sign that changes everything.

Need help selling your home in Staunton, VA? Our REALTORS® at Old Dominion Realty are passionate about Virginia real estate, and they're ready to help you stage and sell your home in Staunton. Contact Old Dominion Realty today to find a professional real estate agent near you.

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August
15

10 Tips for a Flawless Openhouse

Selling Your House? 10 Tips For Hosting an Open House

Preparing for an open house can be a stressful experience, especially if you're selling a house for the first time. Your to-do list is a mile long, you want everything to look perfect, and you can't shake the nagging feeling that you've forgotten something important. Don't worry. Take a breath, collect your thoughts and read on to find 10 steps for a flawless open house from your team at Old Dominion Realty.

  1. Outdoor Appeal – A home buyer's first impression isn't formed when they walk through the front door. It's formed as soon as they see your property. Be sure that your front yard is clean, your garden is looking nice, and your lawn is trimmed.
  2. Keep It Clean – Clutter is the last thing that open house visitors want to see, so keeping your home clean is critical. If you're living in the home that you're selling, start packing early to minimize clutter. Whether you live there or not, be sure to clean the home from floor to ceiling.
  3. Fancy Furniture – If you're selling a house that's vacant, consider staging some showpiece furniture to help the interior of the home look its best. For a home where you're currently living, even small touches like fresh flowers or tasteful accessories can add some pop to your home.
  4. Pet Vacation – Many of the people who come to see your house will have pets of their own. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean they want to see your pets when they visit. If possible, have your pets stay with a friend or relative when showing your home.
  5. Open Curtains – When showing a clean, organized home, natural light is your friend. Be sure to open all blinds and curtains during your open house, to let the sunlight pour into every room. A small touch, but it can make a big difference in selling a house.
  6. Tasty Treats – Keeping some light refreshments on hand is a great way to make visitors feel welcome during an open house. A few chocolate chip cookies won't add value to your home, but they'll definitely leave open house visitors with a positive first impression.
  7. Keep It Private – Home shoppers are a curious bunch, so don't assume that your personal items will go unnoticed. There's nothing wrong with protecting your privacy by keeping personal items out of sight, and doing so allows shoppers to better project how their own life would be in your home.
  8. And Keep It Safe – The same basic idea goes for your valuables, so be sure to store your most valuable items somewhere safe before open house guests begin to arrive. While the overwhelming majority of open house visitors simply want to see your home, it's always better to be safe than sorry.
  9. From the Rooftops – Okay, you don't really need to shout it from the rooftops, but you'll definitely want to spread the word about your open house. You're REALTOR® will be a big help in this regard, so don't be afraid to ask for advice.
  10. Low Profile – During an open house, it's best to let visitors explore without making your presence obvious. Your real estate agent will typically take point on answering questions while the open house is in progress.

Contact Old Dominion Realty

No matter how you choose to prepare for an open house, there's simply no substitute for the help of an experienced REALTOR®. Contact our team at Old Dominion Realty and lean on our real estate experience when selling your home.

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