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How To Sell Your House Faster Than The Competition

If you are looking to sell your home this article is a MUST read.  I’ve been to hundreds of listing appointments. Let me start by saying if I were to sell my own home there would be a laundry list of things I would have to do. Why? Because we don’t live in our home the same way we have to market and sell it. The seller that pays special attention to the items in this article is going to have the best chance to get a sales contract quicker, and at a higher price.

I feel every item in this article is very important and requires attention. One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a seller is not thinking it is necessary to do what needs to be done. The number one opposition I run into is on painting back to a neutral color. This is PARAMOUNT and let me explain the five reasons why I feel this is so important to do:

1. If you don’t, the competition did and guess what? When my buyers go to their house and see the fresh neutral paint flowing throughout, they have already forgotten about your house that requires work. Busy professionals and families moving in don’t have time to paint, nor do they want to paint.

2. Neutral colors allow potential buyers to see themselves living in the house.

3. A little paint goes a LONG way! Let’s face it, painting a few rooms is not unbearably expensive, and the goal is to have potential buyers walk in your home and love it! Not start adding up all the negatives about the work that would need to be done. Decrease the negatives by doing the work.

4. Think about the competition. Purchasers have a lot of choices including new construction. We’ve all been to a model home and seen how appealing it is. Don’t give potential buyers a reason to take your house off the list. Marks all over the walls and bold paint colors are a huge negative. Ask your Realtor to send you a list of similar homes that are for sale, under contract, and have recently sold in your price range and location. Look at the competition. The homes that stand out are the ones that have been prepped and ready for sale.

5. There are no more “credits” for painting or repairs. Typically lenders will not allow for these credits at closing because they are seen as repairs. Lenders won’t loan money on properties that need what they feel are repair items. So thinking that you can just throw a credit at the end is the wrong mindset.

Lastly, let me emphasize that freshening up your home by doing the required work will pay off in the long run. Keep in mind what I always tell my sellers. The first price reduction is always more than what it would cost to do the work! So plan in advance to the required work and list your home in tip top shape! You’ll be glad you did!

If you are looking for one of the top Real Estate Agents in Stafford, Fredericksburg or Northern Virginia that is focused on you, stays on top of everything, easy to get a hold of, attentive to your needs 24/7, then I am your agent! Reference available upon request, on my website, and on Zillow. Please visit me on my Facebook Page at HomesForSaleByDoreenBoggs.

Article: 21 Ways To Prepare Your Home For Selling

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I-95 HOV Rules Change in December


“The new Interstate 95 (I-95) Express Lanes open in December, and with the opening comes new rules. All drivers, including those with hybrid vehicles with clean fuel plates and carpoolers, will need an E-ZPass® or E-ZPass® FlexSM to use the Express Lanes, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) said. Trucks with more than two axles will not be permitted to use the lanes…”  Find out more here:

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10 Things to Consider Before Making an Offer on a Home

“If you’ve narrowed down your choice of a home to one, you may be eager to make an offer and get negotiations started. If you’re buying in a tight market where sellers have the upper hand you may even feel pressured to put in an offer the moment you see a house.”

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Autumn Maintenance Tips


Via DIY Network, “Use these must-do fall maintenance tips to keep your house in shape and help keep you warm this winter.”

-Regularly clean gutters and downspouts. Make sure all drainage areas are unblocked by leaves and debris. Consider installing gutter guards to make the job a lot easier.

– Wrap water pipes that run along exterior walls with heating tape. It will save energy and prevent them from freezing.

– Trim dead branches out the trees to prevent them from coming down and causing damage in a winter storm.

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Do Home Improvements Add to Your Home’s Value?


“Renovating, remodeling, and improving your home can be great ways to give it a makeover, gain extra space, or otherwise make it possible for you to stay in one place longer. But will they increase your selling price? The day may come when you want or need to sell. In preparation for that possibility, realize that not all home improvements are created equal. Some will increase the value of your home, and some will actually make selling more difficult. Here’s how to tell the difference…”

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