As an independent real estate firm, our goal is to provide the best possible service to you and provide comprehensive assistance in achieving your real estate goals. This is true whether you're moving to a Virginia/West Virginia community from across town or across the world. One of the ways that we provide that level of service is through our affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), a worldwide network of top independent real estate brokerages.
Both our real estate agents and our clients benefit from our affiliation with LeadingRE, whose mantra is "Making the Best Brokerages Better." No matter where you're moving from, our team is here to help you find the home that perfectly suits your needs.
Get to Know Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®
Founded in 1997 by 50 of the largest real estate brokerages in the United States, LeadingRE has grown into a worldwide network over the last 25 years. It's now comprised of 550 companies in more than 70 countries, with 4,700 offices located across the world and 136,000 sales associates. LeadingRE is a by-invitation-only network focused on raising the bar in real estate, with industry-leading metrics in sales and market coverage.
What this means for clients is that no matter where you're currently located and where you're planning to move, there's a global network of like-minded real estate firms ready to serve you. Long-distance moves are so much easier when you have a worldwide network to lean on, and we're proud to be part of a network that's built to serve you.
A Global Network with Local Knowledge
Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® is made up of industry-leading local and regional real estate firms. As a client, one key benefit of working with a local or regional real estate brand is that you have access to unparalleled local knowledge. In our case, that means helping you find the right home, in the right neighborhood, in Virginia and West Virginia communities.
When you're relocating from far away, there are so many factors to consider, whether you're relocating for work, family, military service, or simply to experience something new. Starting a new life in a new location is so much smoother when you have access to a global network with unmatched local knowledge. Take the guesswork out of a long-distance move, and find a real estate brand you can trust to make your transition a smooth, streamlined experience so you can focus on settling into your new home.
Our Affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®
You can find our Old Dominion Realty page on the LeadingRE website and our video on Old Dominion Realty and LeadingRE to learn more about our affiliation with the network. If you're moving from out of state or outside the country, we can help you manage the logistics, find the right neighborhood, and find the right home. If you're moving from Virginia/West Virginia to another location, our affiliation with LeadingRE means that we can help you find the right agent in communities across the world.
On the LeadingRE website, you can also access tools like the Global Cost of Living Report, Currency Converter, and Mortgage Calculator to help you make informed decisions. The goal is to provide you with the best possible service, no matter where you're moving from or where you're moving to, through a network with global reach.
Services from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®
Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® offers a variety of tools to help facilitate long-distance moves for individuals and organizations.
Let Us Help You Plan Your Next Move
Whether you're shopping for Augusta County homes for sale or homes in another Virginia or West Virginia community, our team is here to help you accomplish your real estate goals. Our affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® can help us accommodate your needs, no matter where you're moving from or what is motivating your move. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Augusta County, VA area.
Your home's exterior is your best chance to make a good first impression on home shoppers. Your exterior has a huge impact on your ability to sell quickly and drive clicks to your listing online. Taking the time to ensure your garden, lawn, and patio area are all in tip-top shape before listing your home is essential for success.
Home staging is the process of dressing up your home in such a way that it is attractive to home shoppers. It's a process that can help your property sell fast, and it can also help you earn a higher sale price. When it comes to home staging, many sellers are quick to prioritize the interior; however, our real estate agents always tell clients to not forget about the outdoor space. Here are a few tips to keep your home's exterior looking great:
Buyers are more likely to pay close attention to your home's exterior in warm weather months, so taking the time to stage your outdoor area is well worth the time. If you're planning to list your home for sale this year, we can help. Contact us today.
As life changes, people naturally seek new homes that are better suited for that next stage of life. Whether it's starting a new family or starting to downsize, our needs are constantly changing.
Understanding what buyers are looking for can really pay off when it comes time to sell. Our real estate agents always recommend you put yourself in the shoes of your target buyer, so you can market features of your home that are most desirable. Here are some of the top home features we believe consumers are willing to move for in 2022:
By learning what buyers are looking for in a home, you can be better prepared to market the best features of your listing. For more tips on how to maximize your property, contact us.
Spring naturally brings out the desire to clean, and if you're interested in selling your home, it couldn't come at a better time. Before your home is listed for sale with one of our real estate agents, make sure it will look its best. Spring cleaning can make your home shine and look fresh and clean! This is sure to make it more appealing to prospective buyers and help it stand out from other Rockingham County homes for sale.
The following spring cleaning tasks will help you get your home ready to list:
Contact us to see Rockingham homes for sale or Harrisonburg homes for sale. Whether you're looking to buy a home, sell one, or do both, we have the knowledge and experience to make your transaction go smoothly.
If your plans for 2022 involve selling your home and purchasing a different property, now is the perfect time to start your planning. Accomplish your New Year's resolution of selling your home! Here are some tips our real estate agents recommend in 2022 to help you streamline the selling process.
Ready to put your home on the market? Contact us today to get started!
You're ready to put your home on the market, but the holiday season is near. Should you wait to sell your home, or is there a way to find a buyer during the holidays?
Our real estate agents know that with a few adjustments, it's entirely possible (and even profitable!) to sell a home during the holiday season. Buyers tend to have more flexible schedules around the holidays, which gives them more opportunities to look for a home. Here's what you need to know about selling your home during the holidays.
Ready to sell your home this holiday season? Contact us today to get started!
Spring is just around the corner, and if you're thinking about putting your home on the market, now is the time to start getting ready. The real estate market heats up every spring, and with interest at historic lows, there couldn't be a better time to take advantage of the seller's market.
Preparing to list your home can be a lengthy process, especially if it's your first time. From cleaning to staging, you may not know where to even start. If you want to make sure your home stands out among these beautiful Virginia homes for sale, be sure to follow these tips below:
Selling your home doesn't have to be an intimidating process. Working with a good real estate agent is the best way to ensure a smooth transaction. If you're planning to list your home this spring, contact us today.
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.
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.
Believe it or not, the holiday season is a fantastic time of the year to sell your home. Although many home sellers may think that weather or festivities will interfere with their viewing potential, there are plenty of potential homebuyers that are highly motivated to purchase a home between November and January. Our REALTORS® have created this list of helpful tips on how to stage your home for the holidays without hurting its sale potential.
Selling your home is a big decision and one that you likely won't make without a good reason. Whether you want to upgrade to a larger home, relocate for work, cash out on a home in a favorable market, or move to a community that better suits your needs, the reason why you sell your home will have an impact on the sales process. It's essential to understand why and to work with a real estate agent who understands your needs. Our real estate agents are here with a checklist to common reasons why owners decide to sell their homes.
Moving for a New Job
Even if you love everything about your current home, sometimes a job offer is too good to pass up. If that job is far away – or far enough that a commute from your existing home is unmanageable – then you may need to start shopping for a new home closer to your new job.
Increase in Family Size
Have you recently gotten married, or do you have a child on the way? A change in family size is one of the most common motivations for selling a home, especially if your current home is a bit too small for the increased size of your family. If you're planning an increase in family size and expect that you might need to move, then it's good to start preparing early in the process.
Home Is Too Expensive
For some homeowners, the cost of maintaining and upgrading a home is higher than expected, or mortgage payments become too much to handle. Searching for a more affordable home can be a great way to recalibrate your financial picture, and find a property that fits more comfortably into your budget.
What Happened to the Neighborhood?
Finding the right neighborhood is almost as crucial to long-term satisfaction as finding the right home, but neighborhoods also change over time. If your neighborhood isn't what it used to be, you might decide to sell and seek another that better suits your needs.
Selling in a Favorable Market
Sometimes, the market provides all of the motivation you need to sell your home. If it's a strong seller's market, and you see the opportunity to cash out, earn a profit, and upgrade to a newer home in the process, then it may be time to strike while the iron is hot.
Moving On Up
Is your current home the very first property that you ever bought? Then a positive change in your financial situation may provide the perfect motivation to start shopping for Harrisonburg homes for sale and upgrade to something new. Even if nothing else has changed besides finances, that can be more than enough reason to seek something new.
On to the Next Challenge
Are you the type who likes to buy a home, upgrade it slowly but surely over time, and eventually cash out for more than you paid to start work on your next project? Many homeowners find joy in working on their home, so when the current home is "complete," they move on to a new home and a new challenge.
No matter why you're choosing to sell your home, our team is here to help you find the right buyer and the best deal so you can sell your home with confidence. Contact us today to find out more about listing your home for sale as a part of our local real estate marketplace.
Our real estate agents at Old Dominion Realty are often asked how a seller can raise a home's value before going to market. No matter whether you're planning to put your house on sale or want to spruce things up, a kitchen remodel can bring plenty of value.
It's also one of the most complex home improvement projects, so it's vital to do the right way. You can save time, money, and stress with these six kitchen renovation tips:
Renovations are part of the fun of home ownership, so don't hesitate to get started on the project of your dreams. You'll enjoy your home all the more – and when it is time to sell, all that "sweat equity" is bound to put you a step closer to the deal you want.
Whether you're buying or selling, an experienced real estate professional can help you achieve more on the market. Contact Old Dominion Realty to find out more today.
When selling your home, you may teeter between having a professional home inspector evaluate your home prior to listing or not.
Something you need to know ... A report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) showed that nearly four out of every five homes sold in the United States are evaluated by a professional home inspector before they are sold. In addition, realtors recommend buyers get a home inspection nearly 99 percent of the time. Most buyers heed their agent's advice and request a home inspection in 84 percent of all transactions.
Understanding the home inspection process and getting your home ready for the inspection only helps to ensure that your home sale goes through reaping the best selling price possible.
During a home inspection, a qualified inspector will check over every aspect of the home and produce a detailed report on potential issues. Ideally, everything from the roof to the foundation will get a once-over from an expert.
It's often best to hire your own inspector, not wait for the buyers to decide they need one. When you hire an inspector, they work for you and will provide the inspection report only to you. With enough lead time, you have the option of resolving any serious issues.
For a successful home inspection:
The worst-case scenario for a seller is that a home inspection turns out to be bad news that throws the potential sale into doubt. Still, you can usually get your sale back on track if you know how.
Follow these steps to stay on track:
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.
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.
It feels good to be popular; and when it comes to selling a house, you want to be the most popular person in the neighborhood. Having more offers to consider makes it possible for you to sort through your options to choose the one that will go through while putting the most money in your pocket. Our REALTORS® at Old Dominion Realty have created this list of tips to attract multiple offers from potential home buyers when listing your home for sale.
Everyone loves a bargain, and people will come out of the woodwork to take a look at a great deal. Increasing the number of people who look at your home will increase the number of offers you receive. As the offers roll in and they realize that they are competing for your home, this will create an auction environment that will encourage the bids to start climbing.
A beautiful home inspires people to open their wallets. Sprucing up your home not only increases the appraised value, it creates a visually appealing property for buyers to look at. If your home looks like it would make the Jones' blush with envy, you can attract bids that are well above your listing price. Thus, it is well worth the investment of time and money to make repairs, paint the walls, plant new flowers, and make sure that your home looks like it has a date for the prom before you list it on the market.
Selling a house requires using multiple marketing channels. Make sure your real estate agent has a proactive marketing plan that includes using social media, web listings, brochures and open houses to market your home. The more active and diverse your marketing strategy, the more interest you will generate, and the more offers you will receive.
Have an idea of the price you want to sell your home for, and the concessions you are willing to offer in order to make that happen. Knowing your price point and the things that are up for negotiation will help you sort through offers when they come in. It will also help potential buyers craft bids that match your expectations. Having a flexible range in your mind will give you more offers to consider that fit your plans and objectives.
You can increase the number of offers you will receive by marketing your home to the most likely home buyers. Start by ascertaining your neighborhood profile and crafting a marketing strategy around that. Know who your neighbors are and what they do for a living. Determine what features and attractions your area has to offer. These details can help your REALTOR® craft a marketing strategy that speaks to your potential home buyers. The more directly you speak to your client's interests, needs and desires, the greater the likelihood that they will want to make an offer on your home.
When you're selling your home in the West Virginia or Virginia real estate areas, contact Old Dominion Realty and we will be happy to help you devise a plan that will help you attract the greatest number of offers possible.
Thinking of selling your house? You should know that the home-selling process involves far more than just calling a REALTOR® and listing it. Before jumping in head first, review the nine-step checklist our team of REALTORS® from Old Dominion Realty has created for you to help minimize the challenges and stress of selling your home.
1. Understand Why You Are Selling
Some people have no choice but to sell their home—they've been transferred, they need to be closer to family or maybe it's time to downsize. Determine why you are selling?
2. Calculate Costs
It's easy to be shocked by how much money it can take to sell your home. Instead of being surprised, obtain the information right away. Costs you may accrue during the selling process are:
• Any repairs or updates necessary prior to listing, both interior and exterior
• Potential capital gains taxes (check if you've lived in your house long enough to avoid them)
• Mortgage payoff penalties
• Commissions, staging, and various real estate and marketing expenses
• Moving expenses
• Price of buying a new house
• Cost of living in a new area
3. Go on a Cleaning Frenzy
Home buyers want a house that is clean. It's a sign that the previous owners have taken care of their property and home. Target everything inside and outside. Work on cleaning the garden, windows, siding, roof, cabinets and everything else you'd include in a deep spring cleaning. Open your windows and let the fresh air in. Enlisting help from a local cleaning service is helpful too.
Painting is one of the more affordable ways to refresh your home. Try to cover any colors that are too dark, outdated or may be marred from every day wear and tear.
5. Make as Many Fixes as You Can
The majority of buyers don't want a house they have to move into and immediately make repairs on. List any electrical, plumbing, and other types of issues and fix whatever you can. Make sure to hire licensed professionals to work on your home's systems.
6. Decorate and Stage
During this phase you'll minimize clutter, remove personal objects, and optimize layout and décor so buyers see your home in the best light. Consider removing excess furniture, removing heavy drapery to enhance natural lighting and box up all the knick-knacks and clutter.
7. Maximize Lighting
Buyers like bright spaces that feel warm and welcome. Replace any burnt-out bulbs and add extra lighting if you have a particularly dim space.
8. Make Plans to be Out of the House
If you will be living in your house while it's on the market, you need to be able to pick up and leave at a moment's notice. Putting too many stipulations on when people can view your home is a "no-no." Have a plan for pets, children and the family during a showing or open house. Do you have a friend, neighbor or family member you can visit? Where will you go during open houses?
9. Choose the REALTOR® for You.
A good REALTOR® is worth their weight in gold. They will list your home, market it, attend showings and open houses and negotitate contracts.
If you live in the Virginia or West Virginia real estate markets and would like to list your home for sale, contact our team at Old Dominion Realty to help guide you through the home-selling process.
Moving is difficult for the majority of us, but for a child, it can be an overwhelming experience that creates a large sense of loss. Even well-adjusted, happy children can be extremely affected by a new setting. However, there are moving tips and ideas you can put in place to ease the transition. Depending on how far you're moving or the age of your children, you can use multiple approaches to deal with issues that may arise.
Children are amazingly adaptable and resilient. Even so, it helps to encourage those natural attributes by preparing them for a big change. For children, moving into the house next door is a big change. If the kids are young, read some age-appropriate books about moving. Describe the process, and what they'll see and experience. Even if the move isn't something you want to do, find ways to make it positive for your child. By being open and communicative about it, your child will start to prepare.
One way children work through tough situations is to be a part of them. Allow your kids to have their own responsibilities during the move. Once you have the date on the family calendar for all to see, assign some easy tasks. Have them pack a couple boxes and let them label and decorate their boxes. Also, start having them design their new space by writing or drawing ideas.
Another area to keep kids involved in is the house hunting process. A viewpoint from another perspective is always helpful, and it's a way for them to feel a part of the decision. Start your search by making a family wish list of attributes you'd like to see in your new home.
Letting your child say goodbye can be a crucial step in letting go of the old and moving onto the new. Give your kids a camera, journal, or scrapbook and let them document favorite memories or aspects of the home you're leaving. If you're making a longer-distance move, make an address book filled with friends and their information so they can keep in touch.
Parties are an easy way to turn something into a celebration. Invite friends and family, and celebrate a wonderful big life event. Include everyone in your lives that matter most.
Without help or childcare, getting everything done can become an impossible task. Provide kids some alternatives that will help them stay out from underfoot when you're scrambling to finish it all. This can include things like a bag of new toys, renting a couple movies they've never seen, or finding special activities that will keep them occupied.
There are certain items that should be kept out until the last moment and have a special spot in the car so they're easily retrieved. Include favorite books or toys, lovies, snacks, a favorite CD, a change of clothes, and bath and bedtime necessities.
In your new home, try and set up an area for your child that is filled with familiar things. Reassure them that they have access to you and that you're there to listen and help them work through their feelings. If you have a special pizza dinner on Friday nights, make sure to continue with that or any other regular routines you've instilled.
Moving can be exciting. Take time to explore your new neighborhood and play with moving boxes. Don't rush to unpack too quickly, and work together to make your new place into a home.
If you're looking to buy or sell a home in Harrisonburg, VA, contact our team at Old Dominion Realty today. They'll use their experience and knowledge to help your family through the moving process.
What are today's home buyers looking for in a home? If you're selling a house, you might be thinking ... That's a good question! Homes differ and features span a variety of tastes and needs. However, there are some aspects the majority of home buyers appreciate. We've listened to what our clients have told us. Here is our list of ten features home buyers want in a home.
Laundry rooms have become a coveted space. Filled with cabinets for organization and Energy Star-rated washers and dryers, these rooms are convenient and helpful. According to home experts, counter space, a utility sink, and ample storage are key components for the laundry room. When creating yours, make sure each step of the laundry process is represented in the space.
Reality home shows have shown the benefits of having excellent storage systems. An area that's often overlooked is the garage. Creating spaces to put tools, outdoor equipment, and other odds and ends helps leave room for cars. According to a few surveys floating around the internet, around 1 in 4 people have too much clutter to park in their garage.
The more research that's done, the more people are seeing the perks of natural lighting. Many older homes were built compartmentalized with small, ill-placed windows. Buyers love the airy openness of rooms with large windows, well-done skylights, and expansive doors that let the light in.
They say once you've had heated floors you'll never go back. Gone are the winter mornings you have to swing out of bed and place your feet on ice-cold flooring. You don't have to invest in radiant heating throughout the whole house. Bathrooms are usually good enough for the average buyer.
5. Kitchen Eating Areas
Most families would rather walk a short distance to get dinner on the table. While dining rooms are a pleasant space to have if you entertain a lot, most people prefer to eat in the kitchen. A nicely done breakfast nook appeals to most buyers.
The outdoor area doesn't have to be fancy, but a well-thought-out garden design with designated use areas are popular. If it's easy-care, it will be more attractive. Think of the outdoor area as an extension of the home. It's an additional living space people want to use.
It's helpful when towels, toiletries, and various paper goods are easily accessible. Bathroom linen closets are back on buyers' radars.
As an environmentally-friendly nation, efficiency is a hot topic for many buyers. They look for Energy Star appliances, double-pane windows, and anything else that maximizes the efficiency of their home.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but what people are looking for are exhaust fans that do their job well. If there are dated fans (or worse, no fans) that increase the risk of excess moisture and mold-producing conditions in the bathroom, it's a definite turn-off for savvy consumers.
As a tech-obsessed culture, Smart Homes are becoming as desirable as Smart Phones. Some unique smart features that appeal to the masses are the Learning Thermostat, wired homes, automated lighting systems, and security systems controlled by your phone.
What features do you want in your next home? If you're in the market to buy a house in 2016, contact Old Dominion Realty for real estate help and advice.
So you want to sell your house? Did you know while most home buyers make a list of features they want in a home, many also have a list of "pet peeves" that will send them running as soon as they see them?
If you want a home buyer's heart to go pitter patter, avoid these six deadly home-selling sins.
Need help selling your house? Our team of experienced REALTORS® at Old Dominion Realty has the knowledge and resources you need to make your home selling process hassle-free. Contact us to take the first step toward selling your home.
The unparalleled beauty of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley attracts thousands each year. From rolling hills and mountain vistas to stunning wildflower meadows, the landscape throughout the Shenandoah National Park System offers sights that simply should not be missed. Include a drive along the area's picturesque Skyline Drive at the top of your list of things to do Virginia list this summer.
Skyline Drive stretches for 105-miles through the Shenandoah National Park. A drive along the Skyline evokes a different time, when life moved at a slower pace, and people commonly took drives for sheer pleasure. Families trying to decide what to do in Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley, should consider a cruise down the park's only public road. Running north and south through the park, Skyline Drive travels along a crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering unique views of the park and the surrounding region.
Animal lovers need to look no further for things to do in Virginia. Skyline Drive is frequently visited by the park's wildlife, especially during dawn and dusk. The Shenandoah National Park is home to one of the country's largest populations of black bears. In addition to bears, use Skyline Drive's vantage points to spot white-tailed deer, raccoons, red and gray fox, river otters, woodchucks and over 200 species of birds.
For photographers and artists, the Shenandoah Valley's natural beauty brings new inspiration. Scattered along the drive are 75 scenic overlooks providing plenty of photo opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Of course, you do not need to be a professional artist to find inspiration along this drive. Skyline Drive varies greatly in width as it curves along the mountains, offering varied and stunning views.
Along Skyline Drive, you will find plenty of opportunities to get out of the car and stretch your legs. Hiking often tops the list of what to do in Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley National Park for many nature and outdoor adventure enthusiasts. The Appalachian Trail, one of the East Coast's most famed and challenging hiking trails, runs parallel to Skyline Drive. Overall, you have access to more than 500 miles of hiking trails from various points along the drive. Additionally, horseback riding and cycling are allowed along the Skyline.
Keep in mind, animals frequently dart into the road, so please adhere to the posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour. A cruise along Skyline Drive is a ride meant to be savored; slow down, take your time and do not forget to stop and smell the wildflowers. You are welcome to tow campers and trailers along Skyline Drive. Just be prepared to shift into low gear. Make sure your trailer will clear Mary's Rock Tunnel, which features a 12'8" height limit.
Claim a piece of the Shenandoah Valley for yourself. Contact Old Dominion Realty to begin your home search today and discover the many, picturesque communities dotting the region.
Rarely is selling a home a simple decision. Once you've determined an asking price, found a real estate agent, and listed your home, you may think the hard work is over. Taking a little more time to properly prepare your home can help you up the chances of selling a home quickly and for top dollar.
When selling a home, add your home's social profile to your list of must-have tools. Your home should have a presence online. Studies show that many buyers begin their home search online, and often skip over listings without online photos. Also, consider posting a video love letter to your home. Buyers want to be able to see themselves in a home, but also appreciate a home that is well-loved. Walk through the home and your neighborhood, talking about what makes both truly special.
Take the social sell to the streets. Host a block party for local agents, potential buyers and your neighbors. Encourage everyone to mingle, providing your neighbors with the perfect opportunity to talk up the neighborhood and your home.
Your home's curb appeal makes a first impression upon buyers when selling a home. Create a facade that's inviting and pretty, encouraging buyers to stop the car and come inside. Display easy-to-read address numbers. Clean the exterior and lawn. Plant fresh flowers in the flower bed. Make your porch more attractive. Take the time to play-up your home's exterior place. Show how it adds to a family's overall, quality of life. For example, clean the pool and stage its deck with outdoor furniture. Place plush, club chairs around an outdoor fire pit. Hang a hammock from your mature, shade trees.
When selling a home, it's important to remain objective. You love your dog and your kids, but not every buyer is an animal-lover. Kids do not factor into every family. Make arrangement to send your kids and your pets to a neighbor's or a family member's home during showings. Be sure to clean up pet-related and child-related clutter. Give your furniture a quick vacuum, removing hair. Keep attractive storage at hand, in order to quickly stash toys.
While you may love your home's style, it probably is not the style of every buyer. Make your home more attractive by creating a clean slate. Remove personal effects and clutter. Shine up your appliances, keeping the kitchen clean and sparkly. Give your floors some extra love, shine up hardwoods and steam cleaning carpets.
Almost every home as the same challenge: there are always awkward spaces. Turn those spaces into assets when selling a home. Stage awkward places, showing how each of them could function for a family. Create a mini-office from an unused area. Place a bench or console table in the foyer, creating an inviting interest. Give each room in your home a purpose, helping buyers see how the home function as a whole.
Finally, sweeten the deal, helping your home stand out from the competition. Consider a transferable home warranty, giving the buyers some peace of mind regarding future repairs. Consider leaving behind some personal property, such as a large television, the hot tub or your top-of-the-line kitchen appliances, basically anything that helps buyers feel "at home."
Last, but not least, in our "Seven Secrets to Selling a Home" is to contact Old Dominion Realty today. An expert in Virginia and West Virginia real estate, Old Dominion Realty has been connecting sellers and buyers since 1962. Let us help you turn your home from "for sale" to "sold."
Renovating any house requires a homeowner to make a host of difficult decisions as they go. No matter how you plan on retooling an existing home, your modifications should add to the cumulative value of the domicile rather than subtract from it. The following upgrades are sure to bump up the resale value of any house.
As a focal point of the modern home, the kitchen is an obvious renovation target. Update your existing layout with a multi-purpose island, some custom fixtures or a few unique storage options such as hanging racks. If you feel like going all out, you could always put in a granite or marble countertop.
You'd be surprised at how big a difference things like crown molding and wainscoting can make. Such accents can completely change the look and feel of a house's interior without costing a fortune. Spend a little time researching novel interior design ideas such as the use of reclaimed wood to make your home's insides really stand out.
Nothing improves the overall look of a home like beautiful hardwood floors. Though a quality installation or renovation is never cheap, hardwood floors are an excellent long-term investment that can yield serious dividends come sales time. Whether you're partial to pine, maple or red oak, hardwood floors are a home improvement no-brainer.
Like it or not, appearances matter greatly when it comes to home value. They're almost as important as structural integrity, quality materials and square footage. As such, an interior or exterior paint makeover can make an aging house look brand new. Repainting your digs is an excellent opportunity to play around with a new color scheme.
Adding a sunroom greatly increases the appeal and versatility of any home. It can even reduce heating bills during the winter months if you position it properly. A well-planned sunroom with french doors, retractable screens and access to the outdoors can bump up the value of a home by a surprising amount.
Building a deck in your backyard makes the area much more functional and enjoyable. A deck is the perfect place to entertain guests, and it's an ideal spot to enjoy a good book on a Sunday afternoon. In terms of return on investment, decks are one of the best home improvement projects to take on.
There are hundreds of other ways to add value to your home such as putting in a new bathroom or adding a covered deck. Be sure to carefully consider how any upgrade will jive with the rest of the house before pulling the trigger and you'll be pleased with the results.
Contact an Old Dominion Realty real estate expert to discuss more ways to add value to your home!
Tim Smith writes for Modernize.
The kitchen is the heart and soul of any home. The kitchen is where people get together to enjoy food in the presence of friends and family members. Trends in kitchen design are always changing based on current styles and tastes. Here are a few popular trends in kitchen design for people that are thinking about a remodel or want some inspiration to spruce up their kitchen.
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This popular neutral color will go well with almost any other kitchen design scheme. Karin Beuerlein and H. Camille Smith wrote in an HGTV article about kitchen trends that while white cabinets are still the most popular, gray is another very desirable color for kitchen cabinets and may soon overtake white's top spot. Many tasteful homeowners will choose to contrast their lighter color cabinets with a dark backsplash or darker appliances.
Although hidden lighting was stylish for a long while, modern trends in kitchen design are shifting back towards sconce and other types of exposed lighting fixtures. A large chandelier-style light in the center of the room will serve as an elegant focal point. Be sure that lighting is also set up in a way that makes it easy to complete work that needs to be done in the kitchen.
Today's appliances are very high-tech: it is common to see a refrigerator that can play music or a sink that turns on and off automatically. Many new kitchen design trends incorporate technology. At This Old House Online, Kristen Mucci shows readers a multimedia ventilation hood that includes a 17" LCD display that can be used for television or DVDs.
Like an accessory in a trendy outfit, backsplashes allow homeowners the ability to express their unique tastes. White tile is a common material, but many people decide to accentuate other colors in the room with their backsplashes. Other homeowners add flair by using bright oranges, greens, and pinks for their backsplash.
A kitchen should have the right balance of sophistication and comfort. People that want to remodel their kitchen to sell their home or those that are buying a new home and are curious about trends in kitchen design should research consistently to find out about trends as they change. At Old Dominion Realty, we help our customers use kitchen trends and other information to quickly sell their home or find their ideal residence.
Selling a home begins long before the sign goes in the yard. In the months prior to officially listing your home for sale, you will be spending time prepping the home, getting everything from the carpets to the walls clean and in move-in condition. Sometimes knowing where to start on this task is difficult. These tips will help you get the job started well, so you can enjoy a fast sale for a good price.
In order to sell well, your home needs to be clean. You need to deep clean everything, and consider hiring a professional for jobs like the carpets. Remember, potential buyers are going to look at everything in more detail than the occasional house guest would, so your home needs to shine.
Repairing things in your home that are broken is one of the most important tips for selling your home. Buyers do not want to purchase someone else's problem. If you're moving because the home needs updating, and you aren't willing to do the updating, you will struggle to find an interested buyer.
That said, this is not the time to invest thousands upon thousands of dollars into upgrades for your home. You need to weigh the potential benefit on the sales side against the investment you would be making. If your carpets are worn out, for example, you may be able to get by with a professional cleaning and even re-stretching. investing in brand new carpets is an investment you might not see again.
If your kitchen or bathrooms are in need of upgrading, proceed cautiously. Often you can give the appearance of an upgraded space without spending a fortune. For instance, refinishing counter tops or cabinets, rather than replacing, will make the kitchen look brand new, without as big of a monetary investment. Your Old Dominion Realty real estate agent is ready to help you see what areas you can improve, and what areas are best left untouched.
What is your home's curb appeal like? Another of the most important tips for selling your home is curb appeal. Trim shrubs, clean up yard waste and plant a few colorful flowers to make your home look great for those people who are driving by. Drive by buyers will turn into showings and potential buyers if the curb appeal catches their eyes.
Finally, pay attention to the arrangement of your home's furnishings. You may need to de-clutter and remove some furniture to a storage unit for a period of time. You want the home to look spacious and inviting, not crammed and cluttered.
Preparing your home for sale can be a frustrating process, especially if you aren't sure of the specific steps you need to take. Old Dominion Realty is here to help.
Join us on April 15 at 6:30PM for a live webinar on this very topic. Watch our webinar by going to www.OldDominionRealty.com. The live webinar will be streaming on our home page beginning at 6:30PM. Our real estate experts will provide you with tips for selling your home from industry experts. Email us your questions to email@example.com; our experts will answer them live during the webinar.
If you can't attend the webinar, contact Old Dominion Realty to get started on listing your home.