You only have once chance to make a good first impression!

You’ve heard this a million times – probably in the context of how you present yourself to others – people that matter and hold the power to make decisions that could conceivably make or break you.  But what is equally important, is to remember that this most definitely applies to the condition of your home when marketing it for sale.

I was showing homes yesterday to my client.  We had a short list of possibilities but both had exceptional photos taken by professionals highlighting the best features in the home.  We entered both with very high expectations.

The first did not disappoint….although, there was a distinct odor of food that permeated in the air that hit me in the face as I walked in the door.  Fortunately, my client was not at all caught off guard by this and went through the tour unfazed.  The home was essentially in the exact same condition as in the photos.  Beds were made, drawers were closed, classical music swept through the surround sound system, and all in all, it was exquisite.

The second was the polar opposite.  As a mother of five grown children, I am possibly the most empathetic tour guide when I enter a home inhabited by young children.  I turn the other way and make excuses to my clients when there are toys stuffed under a bed, or a child’s artwork is proudly displayed on the refrigerator, or even when there are age specific accessories decorating a room – think Disney’s Frozen or Big Bird’s life sized stuffed animal in a corner.  What I can’t ignore, and more importantly, what my clients can’t ignore are dirty floors, towels left on the floor, cluttered closets, dirty dishes from breakfast (and it’s dinner time) or your dirty laundry piled high in the corner of the laundry room with your undergarments displayed for all the world to see!

Dirty Kitchen

Dirty Kitchen

While it’s difficult, if not impossible, to keep things in pristine condition while you are showing your home for sale, making the extra effort to keep the home in as organized and clean condition goes a LONG way.

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About Quantico Homes

Working primarily as a referral agent, my main motivation is to be able to provide you the highest possible level of service as you look to buy or sell your home in the Northern Virginia Real Estate market. You should be so impressed with your service that you will feel compelled to refer me to your family, friends and colleagues. Our time together is always well spent meeting your specific needs because my time and effort is not spent looking endlessly to generate more business. As an Accredited Buyer's Agent, the buyer's criteria becomes paramount during the homebuying process. Your needs will never be compromised because Dual Agency is not something I participate in. This is a distinguishing characteristic from many in the industry and I stand firm in the belief that no client in a transaction (whether a buyer or a seller) should be without 100% representation. You deserve all the loyalty and attention from an agent who will always have only your best interests in mind. Keeping in mind that Northern Virginia is a highly transient area, I am always privvy to sales reports and market analysis of all the surrounding counties from Alexandria/Arlington to as far south as Orange County and from east on the Potomac River to the Shenandoah and West Virginia border (and all points in between!). Between the military, corporate, and government relocations, having an agent working to provide you with the latest statistical information and market trends is imperative to a successful sale or purchase. Also, as an e-Pro, finding you homes and communicating that to you becomes increasingly efficient, as does marketing properties for sale. Using exceptional photography for virtual tours, staging all listings, and incorporating "out of the box" methods to generate the largest number of buyer leads while Marketing Your Property For Sale, I can save you time, money and frustration. Start your search for homes at http://www.IreneMoralesWard.com!
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