Tag Archives: Home Staging

Staging Your Home – Think Neutral and Minimalism

Staging Your Home – Think Neutral and Minimalism

When it comes time to selling your home, staging it can play an important role in getting it sold. Home staging is all about showing how the space can be used and to help buyers envision themselves living in this space. Essentially, you’ll want to remove most of the personal elements and make the space as neutral and minimalist as possible. Here are some tips for staging your home. Continue reading

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5 Must-Know Holiday Home Safety Tips

5 Must-Know Holiday Home Safety Tips

There’s nothing like being home for the holidays. Before the festivities get underway, you’ll want to make sure safety is at the top of your holiday to-do list. With all the decorating and running around, there are many extra hazards around your home to be aware of. Protect yourself, your loved ones and your investment in your home with these holiday safety tips. Continue reading

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It's Time to Declutter and Get Organized!

It’s Time to Declutter and Get Organized!

2018 is here! Time to take stock of what we’ve accomplished so far and formalize any new goals. With the new year comes the idea of fresh beginnings, promises and possibilities. This feeling of newness often brings along the desire to declutter and organize our homes. Decluttering, however, can seem like an insurmountable chore, if you don’t know where or how to start. I suggest tackling the clutter one small step at a time, knowing that it will lead to big improvements over time. Here are some of my suggestions for decluttering and organizing your home. Continue reading

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Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from Jacobson Realty and Staging

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from Jacobson Realty and Staging

On the cusp of the new year, I find myself looking back over the previous twelve months and giving thanks for all that we have accomplished and shared. I can’t tell you how much of a pleasure it has been serving our community this past year. I’ve enjoyed all of our experiences together – clients buying their first homes, neighbors discovering new Prince William County communities and residents choosing to downsize for a lower-maintenance lifestyle. So, we say thanks to all our clients for trusting Jacobson Reality and Staging with one of your most important life decisions – buying or selling a home. Continue reading

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Selling a Home During the Holiday Season? To Decorate or Not to Decorate?

Selling a Home During the Holiday Season? To Decorate or Not to Decorate?

It’s that time of year when the days get shorter, the air becomes crisper, and families start to feel festive as the holiday season approaches. Your house is on the market primed and ready to sell. As neighbors begin to transform their houses into winter wonderlands, the question many sellers have is: Should I decorate my house or not? Continue reading

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The Psychology of Selling Your Home

The Psychology of Selling Your Home

As a realtor, I completely understand your attachment to your home. It may be the very spot where you got engaged, brought your babies home or completed one of your greatest DIY projects. Homes are meant to be places we love, and no matter how much you may need more space or look forward to a new location, letting go can be hard. Continue reading

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Turning Your Outside to the Right Side

Turning Your Outside to the Right Side

All homes have varied yard space. Some have major acreage or a full privacy fence that make them a notable benefit to buying a house. Yet many can be conceived as too small or simple to be memorable.  Outdoor space is no longer just for pets, garden or a kiddie pool, if you leave the space untouched, it could work against you. So, I have put together some tips and tricks to make use of your yard space and help it stand-out. Continue reading

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How to Increase Curb Appeal

How to Increase Curb Appeal

Growing up, we’re always taught that it’s what’s on the inside that counts

Growing up, we’re always taught that it’s what’s on the inside that counts, never judge a book by its cover and countless other platitudes. But let’s face it, in the real world, sometimes what’s on the outside does count. No, we’re not being shallow – we’re talking curb appeal. Buyers frequently assess your home before they ever set foot across the threshold. Armed with this information, you can go forward and increase the curb appeal of your home so that your first impression is a lasting impression (one that lasts all the way to the closing table).

Crystal clear windows – Show a sneak peak of the inside of your home without old spider webs or greasy face prints clouding the view. Clean your windows, inside and out.

Front door finesse – The entryway to your home should be warm and inviting, but also clean and in good repair. A fresh coat of paint can do a world of good. Also, make sure that your door’s hardware is pleasing to the eye and is in good shape.

Rotten wood, good riddance – If you have damaged wood on your home’s exterior, such as shutters or doorframes, repair or replace it for a quick facelift for your home.

Roof repair – Make sure to tidy up your roof by replacing any missing shingles and cleaning out your gutters.

Patio and path prep – It’s easy to get loose stones in your patio or stone path in your yard. Make sure these areas are weed-free, in good repair and clean (with no wobbly or broken stones) to increase your home’s curb appeal.

Siding sprucer – You can freshen up your home’s exterior by painting, repairing, power washing and/or replacing old siding. You can also refurbish brick exteriors.

Porch and deck pick-me-ups – Your porch or deck may benefit from a good power washing, or it may need to be completely restained or repainted. A color change and an outdoor space that’s attractive and in good repair will give you the curb appeal to bring buyers in.

Flower bed fortification – Lay down your weed mats, plant some new perennials and toss in some fresh mulch. This relatively easy and inexpensive front yard fix will add a splash of color to your landscape and make the outside of your home more cheery.

Show your lawn some love – Weed killer, seed, fertilizer, and water can go a long way. If your lawn looks like an old western movie (tumbleweeds through a whirlwind of dust), invest in growing (or sodding) a new lawn to attract prospective buyers.

Mailbox maintenance – Often it’s not right next to the house, so the mailbox gets neglected. Check your mailbox to make sure it’s not rusted, is in good working order has no wood rot in the post. If you’ve had a specialty mailbox installed previously (because who doesn’t love pulling catalogs out of a wide-mouth bass?) consider installing a tamer, more HOA-compliant mailbox design.

As professional stagers and realtors, we can help you with your curb appeal woes. Call us at 703-338-9678, or email Belinda@JacobsonRealty1.com.

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Why You Need a Dedicated (and Real) Realtor

Why You Need a Dedicated (and Real) Realtor

Buying a home is a major investment

Buying a home is a major investment, which is why it’s best left to the experts — dedicated, local realtors. Here are nine reasons why we feel Jacobson Realty and Home Staging is best positioned to help you buy, stage and sell:

· Personalized service – We have more time to devote to each client, a client who is an individual. We will get to know you, what you’re looking for, what you’re not looking for, what your financial situation is. All of these factors are important when you’re buying or selling a home.

· Home staging – Jacobson Realty and Home Staging offers free home staging services with experienced home stagers who take their time and assess your home’s appearance, see its potential and execute a beautifully staged home that will fetch the best offers.

· Motivation – We are invested in seeing you succeed. It’s not just about the money. It’s about our clients’ satisfaction, which is crucial when a home is being sold or purchased.

· Choice of agent – When you choose to work with us, you are putting your trust in us, and we take that seriously. We know there are other realtors out there, and we appreciate your confidence in us.

· Expertise – Our real estate agents have expertise in both the field and your location. Our realtors have plenty of community connections and insider advice on neighborhoods, schools, community activities and more.

· Flexibility – When you work with Jacobson Realty and Home Staging, you have someone who wants to make the deal work for you, someone who has the flexibility to be creative to get you into your dream home or sell your current home.

· Diversity – You are not a cookie cutter customer, so why would you benefit from a one-size-fits-all generic realty service? Experienced agents, who have more time to devote to you as an individual, can learn what you truly need and help you get there. That’s what we offer.

· Value – We have a wide range of homes we can help you bid on, more flexible financing options and advice on how to get the best price for your home. In the long run, that saves you money.

· Support – Buying or selling a home is listed as one of the official biggest life stressors. You don’t want to go through that stress with someone who does not have your best interest at heart. You want someone who can help bring you through transactions smoothly and get you where you need to be.

We encourage you to take a look at our website where you will find options tosearch for a home, get your home assessed, learn more about the community and read about tips and tricks that will help get you what you need. When you are ready, call us at (703) 753-0125 or email us at Belinda@JacobsonRealty1.com. We promise you will be pleased with the service you receive.

And don’t miss the Community Parade of Homes at Virginia Oaks on Sunday, May 31st, 1-4 p.m. Come see what VA Oaks has to offer! Visit the newly renovated clubhouse too! Open to all.

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Prepare Your House to Sell Quickly!

Prepare Your House to Sell Quickly!

your house goes on the market

When your house goes on the market, you want to make sure you can sell it as quickly as possible. By fully preparing before you list, you can help move your house expediently and prevent buyers from asking for additional improvements or repairs when they purchase. Check out this checklist of things to do to get your house fully prepared for the market. Then ask yourself, “How prepared am I?”

Outside

· Tidy up your lawn and garden. Cut grass, trim shrubs and trees, replace dead plants and remove weeds.

· Clean up your yard, patio or deck. Remove any trash, debris and toys from your yard.

· Make sure your driveway and entryway are clutter-free.

· Check your outdoor faucets for leaks and repair any you find.

· Make sure your mailbox, house numbers and exterior lighting are clean and in good condition.

· Do exterior paint touch-ups as needed.

· Give your house a facelift by painting the front door.

· Inspect your chimney for cracks or missing mortar and have those items repaired if you find them.

· Make repairs to loose trim, fencing and drain pipes. Clean out the gutters.

· Add a new welcome mat to your front door.

· Clean stains and window screens. If your sidewalk or house is especially dirty, consider power washing or hiring someone to power wash.

Garage

· Declutter and organize all the remaining items.

· Sweep and scrub the garage floor.

Living areas

· Apply a fresh coat of paint anywhere you need one. If your house has brightly painted walls, consider repainting with light, neutral colors.

· Clean your draperies and vacuum and steam clean your carpets (or hire a professional to steam clean).

· Make sure all lightbulbs are in working order.

· Clean all of the windows, inside and out.

Kitchen

· Remove any clutter from the countertops. Thoroughly clean counters, sinks and appliances. Clean your oven inside and out.

· Clean and polish or wax the floor.

· Clean tile or grout and replace it if it’s beyond cleaning.

Bathrooms

· Clean or replace the shower curtain.

· Thoroughly clean the sinks, shower, bathtub, toilet, floors, mirrors and anything with chrome or porcelain surfaces.

· Clean or replace grout and caulk.

· Fix faucet drips or leaks.

Closets

· Make sure that doors and drawers open and close easily.

· Declutter and tidy up the shelves and racks. Neatly arrange all your shoes and clothing.

· Get a head start on packing and remove all the clothing that’s not in season from your closet.

Overall

· Do a walk-through as if you were a home buyer. Look for doors, windows, cabinets and drawers that stick, squeak or are too loose. Look for any issue which may cause a buyer to ask for additional maintenance on your home.

· Clean your fireplace and remove any smoke stains from the wall and mantle.

· Service your HVAC system and hot water heater.

· Make sure your home smells fresh and inviting. Do this by keeping everything clean and, if possible, opening the windows occasionally to air out stale odors your home may retain.

Once you have done all that, you are ready! We will review the checklist with you, stage, position and list your home! Want to know more? Contact Jacobson Realty and Home Staging. We’d be happy to get you on the path to selling your home – maybe even faster than you thought. Oh, and we have a lovely horse property that just became available! You won’t want to miss seeing this!

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