Brightwood Petworth Preparing Your House For Sale

Petworth, Brightwood is on FIRE!

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Petworth, Brightwood and surrounding 20011 is VERY HOT right now!

One of the things I absolutely LOVE about Washington, DC is the real estate. Yes, real estate prices in DC are high AF, but… the appreciation is INCREDIBLE! I am very strategic about my real estate investments and Washington, DC has served my family well.

My husband and I own an investment property on Crittenden Street NW and I think tonight is the time to have a very serious conversation about considering selling. This month a detached 5 bedroom and 4.5 bath on 18th Street NW sold for $1,560,000. There was even a row house that sold for $1,400,000. Those are incredible numbers!

You will be AMAZED!
Get a List of EVERYTHING that sold in
Petworth and Brightwood in the last 120 Days.

For several years I have encouraged buyers to consider Petworth and Brightwood and I still do. Petworth is a super cool urban area for enlightened professionals (in my opinion ; )) and Brightwood is the best kept secret for single family houses in Upper NW DC.

If you own a home in Petworth or Brightwood, this may be the time to cash in on your equity. Buyers are constantly checking out listings in Petworth and Brightwood and properties sell super quick.

If you are considering the idea of selling, there are a few things that I would suggest to get your property ready to sell, specific to these neighborhoods. Depending on your property type, there are certain features you can use to attract buyers and maximize your profit when you sell. Maximizing the potential is my specialty!

FIRST- Take a look at the recently sold properties, get a detailed list here.

SECOND- Contact me for a NO-OBLIGATION walk-through and receive a list of home features I would suggest emphasizing and a personalized action plan to get started.
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Quick Tips For Preparing and Showing Your Washington, DC Home

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Create a Fantastic First Impression

You don’t get a second chance to make a good impression! A home that stands out among similarly priced houses is the one that sells. The following suggestions for preparing your home to sell are worth the special attention:

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  • Lawn carefully mowed, edged, fertilized and watered.
  • Trees and shrubs trimmed; flower beds edged, weeded and cultivated.
  • Driveways and walks free of snow or grass clippings.
  • Exterior house paint in good condition and clean, especially the front door.
  • All door locks open properly and easily.
  • Roof in good condition.
  • Screens and screen doors repaired.
  • All exterior lighting in working condition, with fresh bulbs.
  • Absence of clutter in yard and driveway.


  • Walls clean and unmarked, preferably freshly painted with neutral colors.
  • Windows clean inside and out.
  • All light fixtures working and fresh bulbs in each.
  • Plumbing in good repair.
  • No cooking, smoking, pet or other objectionable odors.
  • Sinks and tubs stain-free; faucets in good repair.
  • Caulking in tubs and showers in good repair.
  • All clutter removed from closets, attic, basement, garage and other storage areas.
  • Ask your REALTOR® what should be boxed up to give your home a more spacious look.

Showing Your Home

When your home is to be shown, we will always attempt to make an appointment with you, giving you as much advance notice as possible. To help make the best impression during showings, we suggest you:

  • Open draperies and curtains.
  • Turn on enough lights to brighten every corner, day and night.
  • Remove dirty dishes.
  • Make beds.
  • Rooms dusted, vacuumed and clutter-free.
  • Kitchens and baths sparkling clean; no clutter on counter-tops.
  • Noise is distracting. Be sure TV and radios are turned off, although soft background music is acceptable.
  • It’s best to keep pets out of the house. Even the friendliest pets become anxious when strangers appear.
  • Put away valuables such as jewelry and cash, or remove completely.
  • Never enter into a conversation with a prospect. Let the REALTOR® who is showing your home answer any questions the prospective buyers may have. It is best for you to leave while the house is being shown.
  • If a prospective buyer comes by unexpectedly without a broker, get their name and phone number. FOR YOUR OWN PROTECTION, DO NOT SHOW THE HOME. Have unescorted buyers call your REALTOR® for an appointment.

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Creating Curb Appeal to Get Buyers in the Door

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The National Association of Realtors states that 49% of all houses are bought based on one factor— Curb Appeal.

But, how do you achieve it? Here are a few quick ideas:

• Addresses aren’t just for mailboxes. Consider placing decorative custom numbers on your home. “You spruce up your landscape with plants, so why not liven your home address the same way?” suggests Angie’s List.

• Glam the front door. Elizabeth Arden was onto something with it’s Red Door brand. Likewise, painting the front door lipstick red is in, for those who dare. For those who don’t, or whose houses aren’t a neutral color, Forbes advises to “try a more muted shade like sea-blue, or sage-green, or even black.”

• Replace (or repair) your roof. By experts’ standards, 40% of a home’s curb appeal hinges on the condition of the roof. That’s the first thing potential buyers see from a distance.

• Pressure time. Using a pressure washer to blast away dirt and debris from your property can actually be fun. But as HGTV cautions: “Be careful not to dislodge, or get any water underneath your home’s siding.”

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