Another example of how paint and lighting can change a home..

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Today's blog post is about how simple changes in a home can make a huge impact. No matter whether you are buying a home or getting ready to sell. 

This bathroom says it all.

While searching for a new place to call home online in the Prince William County Virginia area. Home buyers scroll quickly looking for their next home.  The person searching  might just stop and pause to see what the rest of the house has to offer when they stumbled on this bathroom.

The reason. It is updated, light and bright, neutral in decor.

Main level living homes in Prince William County Virginia


Now take a look at this photo. It is the same bathroom.  Someone doing that same search for a home in the Prince William County Virginia area might immediately make a judgment call to just keep searching.  Dark colors or dated homes turn off many prospective home buyers.


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Funny thing is, it is the exact same bathroom. Wouldn't you agree the top photo is more appealing to the general public that the dark brown bathroom? The top photo is the after photo with two coats of lighter paint, new "daylight" light bulbs, new blinds and some re-purposed art work from another room of the home.


"Moral of this blog. Home Buyers  NEVER underestimate

a home that just needs a coat of paint!"


Message for home buyers: I want you to consider a few things when you start your  search for a home in the Prince William County Virginia area. Many homeowners are just learning they have enough equity to sell their homes and break even. They do not have a lot of money for updating or making changes. So you may have to consider a home that needs some cosmetic updating. Paint is cheap!

Patty and I are seasoned real estate agents who know how to help you get what you want and need.  We know the floor-plans, the models, the styles of every home in the area. We also know financing and how to help you buy the home you really want. If you can share with us what you are looking for in your next home, we will find it for you.


Message to Homeowners- if your home is dated, and has not been updated in the past ten years, chances are you will not get top dollar for your home. As rates begin to increase more and more home buyers are stretced to the maxium and have very little money for making changes. As much as I hate to admit it, neutral colors sell faster than bold colors. ( I love color in a home) but less is more.


If you are not sure what you should do to get your home ready to sell. Please don't hestiate to call me 703-851-3085. I will come take a look and help you decide what is necessary. The worst thing you could do is spend tens of thousands only to learn your over improved for the current market conditions. Don't do it. Selling a home starts well before putting a sign in the yard and a lockbox on the door.Mistakes can be costly.

When it is time to sell. You must remember we all live in our homes differently than how they need to be marketed and sold. You must think about the "Marketing Potential" of your home. In today's online world, we only a few seconds to capture a home buyers attention. Real Estate agents do that with blogging, Google+, Instagram, Faceboook, Twitter, LinkedIn, as well as Facebook boosted ads and MLS. Most people think that all homes can be found on the MLS. Not quite. A good local REALTOR may know other homes that are available to qualified buyers ready to make a move. For Sale by Owner homes, Coming Soon homes, and folks whom they've sold who might be ready to downsize or purchase a move-up home. Local real estate professionals know the inventory, and the possibilities. It doesn't cost you a penny more to have a local real estate specialist help you.

Gone are the days when a REALTOR would meet someone at a real estate office, interview them, and then go out and search for the perfect home. With today's internet many home buyers make snap decisions based on how the home looks online. It is so unfair I know.  As a homeowner you know your home is "Special" You know your home has so much to offer. You love your lot,  your community, the convience yet...unless they buyer crosses the threshold. They never get to experience what it might be like to live in your home.

So if you think their is a move on the horizon, stay clued into what is happening in your area. What the selling trends are, what new homes are your competition.  To do that just click on this link
"Sellers Corner Updates by The Twins Selling Real Estate"  and key in your street address and SAVE your search. Our system will keep you up to date when homes come on the market of sell in your neighborhood!

So in closing today. If you need help finding a nice home in the Lake Ridge, Woodbridge, Dumfries or Manassas Virginia area call us. Learn more about who  The Twins Selling Real Estate  are and how we can help you with your local Prince William County Virginia real estate needs.

Peggy James Realtor and Patty Blackwelder Twins Selling Real Estate

Hope you are having a Super Day!


ps- did you hear interest rates spike yesterday! On my goodness we are up over four percent...




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Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/ - St Thomas, VI
Improving the Quality of Your Life

Thank you for sharing! This is so very true and I have seen countless examples of lighting and a couple coats of paint brightening up a previously glum room breathing life into what was a dead space. It can add value and be a relatively inexpensive way to renew areas of a home.

Jun 11, 2015 01:26 AM #1
Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida
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Two Decades Of Experience Selling Luxury Homes...

Peggy James that is definitely an amazing transformation, inexpensive but dramatic.  Paint is always my #1 suggestion for getting a refreshed updated look 

Jun 11, 2015 03:51 AM #2
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