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3 Home Selling Prep Essentials

You’ve got to start somewhere when preparing your home to sell, but it’s not where you would think. Before jumping right into cleaning, decluttering, staging, and marketing, take some time to review. Having a solid understanding of the real estate market and the home selling process is essential for a smooth and stress-free sale. So let’s get to it.

1. Know What’s Happening in the Real Estate Market

aerial view of residential community

Are homes in your community flying off the market in just a couple of days? Are properties selling over asking price again and again? What have homes like yours recently sold for? Knowing about current market conditions will give you an idea of how quickly your home is likely to sell, as well as how high a price you’re likely to receive. Ask us for a Neighborhood Sales Report for an inside look at market activity!

2. Find Out How Much Your Home is Worth

You’ve probably asked yourself “what’s my home worth?” a dozen times over the past few years. Now’s your chance to learn the answer!

When we’re determining how much homes are worth, we don’t just pull a number out of thin air. Home buyers are the ones who determine what properties are worth, so we take a look at current market activity (which you’ve already done!) to see how much buyers are willing to pay for homes like yours. At the end of all of our research, we have a detailed report of what your home is worth, which in the real estate industry is called a “comparative market analysis.” Call us and we’ll provide one for your home!

3. Wait Before Making Drastic Home Improvements

highly upgraded kitchenBefore you decide to shell out thousands of dollars to completely gut your kitchen and bathrooms, talk with a real estate agent who’s familiar with your community and what buyers are looking for in a home like yours. You may be surprised to learn that your potential buyers don’t want top-of-the-line appliances, quartz countertops, under-cabinet lighting, or any of those “must-haves” that you see on HGTV.

Save yourself the time, money, and headaches and talk with us. We can tell you which home improvements are worth the money and which ones aren’t.

Bonus Tip: Find the Right Real Estate Agent

The best way to save time, money, and unnecessary headaches? Work with a professional. The best real estate agent takes the time to understand your goals, provides you with the resources you need, and tells what to expect when selling your home. Plus, your real estate agent will be there to answer any questions you have at any time in the process.

We’d be happy to talk with you about your plans to sell your home. Call us!

Richmond Real Estate Listing For Sale | SOLD!

This move in ready Richmond real estate listing includes updates like all new paint throughout, all new carpet with hardwoods underneath, new whole house generator, crown & chair rail moulding, GRANITE countertops, Stainless Steel appliances, recessed lighting, TILE Baths, Maintenance-Free vinyl siding, Privacy Fence – and so much more! This unique floor plan in this terrific piece of Richmond real estate boasts a FORMAL Living Room, cozy office, OPEN Kitchen, LARGE Dining Room, Three Bedrooms, Two Full Baths, Laundry Room – AND also includes a large addition that could be used as either a Family Room or a First Floor Master that would add a 4th Bedoom with a walk in closet. The exterior of this Richmond home listing for sale offers just as much as the inside with the two story deck, large patio, basketball hoop and plenty of storage space! All of this located on a corner lot, just minutes away from the Powhite Parkway, Chippenham and the Kroger Marketplace!

Real Estate Listing For Sale | SOLD

5925 Shallow Way | SOLD!

Sell A Home

Are you looking to  sell a home? Let our team of Richmond real estate experts help you! We can help you get your home SOLD quickly and for TOP DOLLAR, just like we did for this seller!  Our team of Real Estate Experts have MANY resources to assist you in selling your home – we have staging experts, professional contractors to help get your home in ‘Market-Ready’ condition, professional photographers and much more! We will provide you with expert and objective information about your unique situation and we will help you negotiate the best terms possible.  There is so much more to think of when you sell a home than just looking around on the internet! If you would like to experience what Concierge Level service is all about, than contact us TODAY and let us show you the difference we can make for you! Give us a call and connect with us today!

Richmond Real Estate Search

Are you looking for homes for sale in Richmond VA? Not sure where to start your Richmond real estate search? Want UP-TO-DATE information – NOW? Stop by our website and check out all the great ways we have for you to find your new home! You can search all homes for sale in Richmond VA by using our free Real Estate search tool and search RVA area homes for sale in specific neighborhoods, or you can perform your custom Richmond Virginia real estate search by map area. Looking for even more specific? We’ve got you covered there too! Check out our Richmond Real Estate Search Tool and you can input the exact criteria that you are looking for in your new Richmond VA area home and tailor it to meet YOUR needs. Take a moment to check out our fav listings for sale! No matter how you choose to search for Richmond real estate, you are sure to find your new home here! Need more information? Have a real estate question? Give us a call or drop us a line – and expect a prompt reply, because we would LOVE to talk with you today!

What’s Hot in Home Design This Summer

Bright sunshine, warmer days, and a ton of new trends come with the change in season, and this summer certainly won’t disappoint. In the real estate world, these new trends revolve around the latest and greatest in wall colors and decorations, space savers, and creative living arrangements. We have our eye on a few interesting home décor ideas and hot home features that we think you’re going to love!

laptop sitting on marble countertop

Marble: A Sophisticated Look for Summer

Whether natural or imitation, marble is one of the top home décor trends for summer 2017. Designers are incorporating this luxe look into bathrooms and kitchens as expected, but they’re also taking it to everything from flower vases to side tables.

table with vintage dinner plates

Vintage Looks are Back in Style

1960s floral patterns have resurfaced in today’s home design magazines. Old World-inspired indigo dyes are popping up in everything from fabrics to bedspreads. Colorful melamine dinnerware is becoming popular in indoor and outdoor table settings. These nostalgic summer looks are sure to create the perfect feeling of “home.”

Today’s Buyers Crave These Trendy Home Features

Seasonal trends are not all about home décor. Outdoor entertaining spaces and smart-yet-sophisticated interior features are what buyers are searching for this summer. Are these popular home features on your must-have list?

sparkling swimming pool

Private Swimming Pools

With warm, sunshine-filled days ahead for summer, pools are at the top of most buyers’ home search lists. Backyard pools continue to be sought-after as both a focal point and a fun outdoor entertaining space.

neutral room with light wood floors

Lighter Hardwood Floors

Darker shades are out; bamboo, oak, and pecan flooring are on buyers’ must-have lists this summer. With these lighter shades in your living spaces, your home will seem even more light-filled and spacious.

kitchen with open floor plan

Spacious Open Floor Plans

This home design trend continues to be popular among home buyers. It’s not hard to understand why! Open floor plans create an effortless flow into any home and maximize every square inch of space.

We’ll Help You Find Your Dream Home

Have these décor ideas and trendy features on your mind as you search for a new place? We can help you find the perfect home and move you quickly through the process. Call us and let’s chat!

Richmond Real Estate Listings – Under Contract!

700 Hill Top Drive – Under Contract!

Thanks to the Richmond real estate experts of The 20/20 Team at GO Real Estate, this Richmond NEW CONSTRUCTION FOR UNDER 200k listing is now under contract! Inside this brand new Richmond real estate listing for sale are 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths and features a spacious Living Room with luxurious DARK stained engineered hardwood flooring, Eat-in Kitchen with TILE, wood cabinets, breakfast bar and SLEEK black appliances, Laundry Room with TILE flooring and large bedrooms – including the Master Bedroom with His AND Hers closets and an en-suite bath! Outside, this terrific Richmond real estate listing for sale features low maintenance vinyl siding, a large front porch, rear deck and a paved driveway. All of this situated on a large wooded lot only minutes from Forest Hill Park, James River Park System and South of the James Farmers Market! With all of these FAB features at such a GREAT price, this brand new Richmond home for sale didn’t last long!

Richmond real estate listings for sale | Under Contract!

700 Hill Top Drive

Buying a Home? Selling a Home?

Are you looking to buy a home in Richmond Virginia? Thinking about selling your home in Richmond Virginia? Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, we can help! Our Team provides concierge-level service to our clients every day and we’d love to help you! Check out what some of our past clients say about us. We will be there with you every step of the way, from preparing your home to present it to the market and get top dollar, to getting you pre-approved with a trusted local lender, to negotiating the BEST terms for you – buying OR selling. When you are ready, Contact Us and see how we can help you – we look forward to hearing from you!

Search For Homes in Richmond VA

Would you like to see ALL of the homes that are on the market right now in your neighborhood? Start here at our website and here you can perform a Search By Neighborhood, browse through outstanding Featured Listings, or use our Custom Search to find exactly what you’re looking for! No matter how you choose to search, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for with The 20/20 Team at GO Real Estate.

These 6 Simple Tricks Make Moving Surprisingly Effortless

two people packing cardboard boxesLet’s face it, moving to a new home is no picnic. Moving day will be here before you know it, and you feel like there’s no way on Earth you can sort through all of your belongings and pack your entire life into a moving truck in time.

We know how stressful a move from one home to another can be, so we wanted to share a few helpful moving tips to make it a much easier experience.

Create a To-Do List and Pin It to Your Wall

You probably won’t remember everything you have to do in the chaos of researching moving companies, calling your insurance provider, and closing on your new home. So before you start the bulk of cleaning and decluttering, take a few minutes to compile a detailed list of the tasks you will need to complete, no matter how small. These tasks can include:

  • transferring your homeowners insurance to your new address
  • compiling a list of your emergency contacts
  • labeling your moving boxes
  • fixing a squeaky door hinge
  • meeting with friends for coffee before you leave

If it helps you stay organized, categorize your tasks by room, deadline, or importance. As you’re completing all your to-dos, make sure you check them off your list as you go. It will help you see how far you’re come in accomplishing such a gargantuan goal.

Declutter Your Home Room by Room

a person moving a stack of boxesThe less stuff you have, the less stuff you have to pack. But as we all know, one of the biggest hurdles to moving is sorting through all of your belongings and deciding which ones you won’t be taking to your new home.

If decluttering your entire home seems overwhelming, don’t panic. Start small: Instead of trying to tackle the entire project in one weekend, spend an hour or two on just one room. Create three piles: Keep, Donate, and Trash. Go through your closets, bedrooms, and other hot spots first, then move on to the rest of your home.

Remember, you can always buy books, kitchen gadgets, and other things after you move. If you have a few sentimental items you’re having a hard time getting rid of, ask a friend or neighbor for objective feedback.

Host a Yard Sale or Moving Sale

Once you’ve sorted through most of your home, host a yard sale and set out items that you planned on giving away. Sell anything that you can that day, and anything that’s left over you can donate to charity or a local thrift store.

Get Creative with Your Packing

homeowner opening cardboard boxesYou’ll be surprised at just how many small items can fit into the nooks and crannies left over in your moving boxes. After you’ve packed your bulky appliances and decorative pieces, you can fill in the spaces with smaller items to act as extra cushioning and save a bit of space in the process.

Another way you can get creative with your packing is by stacking items vertically instead of horizontally. Instead of laying down dishes, bowls, plates, and other fragile items in a box, stack them upright and cushion them with socks and towels. This will prevent your glass items from shifting around during the move.

Use Cling Wrap Where You Least Expect It

Worried about bottles of shampoo, soap, lotion, or other liquids spilling out on the journey? Cling wrap is a surprisingly effective seal. Remove the tops of bottles and cover the openings with a bit of cling wrap, then twist the caps back on.

Cling wrap is also easier to remove than tape. If you have clothes and jewelry packed away in drawers, surround the drawers with a thick layer of cling wrap. It’s easy to remove, and you won’t have a sticky mess to clean up later!

Create an “Open Me First” Box

After your move, unpacking can be just as stressful as packing. To avoid digging through countless boxes just to find coffee or toilet paper, create a box of the essentials and place it on the moving truck last. Here are a few items you should consider packing in this box:

  • instant coffee or tea bags
  • a first aid kit
  • tools like box cutters and screwdrivers
  • toilet paper
  • soap, shampoo, and lotion

Ask Us for More Helpful Moving Tips!

first-time home buyers moving inWe hope these moving tips come in handy, whether you’re planning to buy a home or whether you’re selling your current home. We’re more than happy to provide you with additional tips to help you prepare for your upcoming move.

If you need more advice about buying or selling a home or want to know more about the area, we offer a wealth of resources to help you out. Call us and let’s talk about your plans!

Recently Sold Real Estate – 24209 Yosemite Road

Dinwiddie VA Real Estate For Sale – SOLD!

Thanks to the help of our AWESOME Buyer Specialists, the Richmond Realtors at The 20/20 Team and GO Real Estate, this great Dinwiddie real estate for sale is now SOLD! Congratulations to our buyer, Christina and her family! This piece of recently sold Dinwiddie real estate listing is located on a cul-de-sac with a HUGE 2.5 car GARAGE with an additional work area, roughed-in bath, AND fully heated! Paved double driveway, fenced in yard – PERFECT for dogs! – an additional detached shed and a large two-tiered back deck! This great real estate listing for sale in Dinwiddie VA also features 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, a wood burning fireplace, laminate floors, an Eat-In Kitchen, surround sound in the den, spacious bedrooms and plenty of closet space.

Dinwiddie VA Real Estate For Sale - SOLD!

24209 Yosemite Road, Dinwiddie VA

Buy A Home

Would you like to buy a home like this? If so, you should call us TODAY! Our team of Real Estate Specialists has helped hundreds of clients buy their first home! Our Richmond Real Estate Specialists sell homes throughout Central Virginia – including Dinwiddie, Powhatan, Chesterfield, Petersburg, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Richmond, just to name a few. Now is a GREAT time to buy, whether you are a first time homebuyer or an experienced homebuyer – your new home IS out there – let us help you find it! Connect with us today – we would LOVE to hear from you! Ask us for our FREE Homebuyer’s Guide!

Free Home Search

If you are ready to start your search for your new home, than start with us at GORealEstate.com. At our website, we have several ways for you to search for your new home in greater Richmond VA. Whether you choose to use our search by neighborhood feature, our custom search tool, or search by map area, you are sure to find what you are looking for here! Got questions? Give us a call or send us an email – we can’t wait to hear from you!

Richmond VA Real Estate SOLD | The Fan District

SOLD | Richmond Virginia real estate listing !

This awesome portfolio of Richmond Virginia real estate listings for sale is now SOLD – thanks to the team of real estate experts of The 20/20 Team and GO Real Estate! This was a RARE opportunity for our Buyer to purchase FOUR buildings on the same FAN-tastic block in the Heart of The Fan and Carytown, in Richmond Virginia. Off-street parking is included and plenty of potential here!

SOLD Richmond VA Real Estate Listings

W Cary Street | Richmond, VA

Buy Investment Property

Are you looking to buy investment property in Richmond Virginia? Wondered where to start? Give the Richmond real estate experts at The 20/20 Team of GO Real Estate a call today! Whether you’re looking to buy one or more Richmond Virginia real estate listings, our Team can help you with ALL of your real estate needs! If you are looking to buy a home, sell a home or rent a home in Richmond Virginia, we want to be your #1 Richmond Realtor for life! No matter what your unique need, our caring team of experts can assist you with achieving your goals! We are a full-service firm and we are committed to providing OUTSTANDING service to every client – check out what our happy clients say about us here. We can help you buy multiple properties in Richmond Virginia to add to your investment portfolio, sell your property and maximize your bottom line, or our Property Management division can simplify your life by handling your Richmond VA real estate for rent listings for you!

 

Richmond VA Real Estate Search

Visit us online and browse through all homes for sale in the Richmond Virginia area from the comfort and privacy of your home. Looking for something specific? Try our custom search tool here and enter your specific criteria. Looking for a particular area – like The Fan or Bon Air? Try our search by neighborhood tool here. Want to see the hot list of featured homes for sale in RVA? Check them all out here. No matter how you choose to search Richmond homes for sale, The 20/20 Team at GO Real Estate has you covered! Have questions? Get in touch with us today – we look forward to meeting you!

14 Conveniences You Don’t Want to Forget in Your Home Search

You have it all planned out. You know exactly which shopping centers and conveniences you want to live near, you know which amenities you need within a few miles of your community, and you have a general idea of where your workplace, grocery store, and soon-to-be-favorite hangouts are located.

When it comes to searching for the right home, many buyers like you have “the perfect location” at the top of their must-have lists. But what exactly is “the perfect location”? And have you considered all of the conveniences you need near your next home?

Shops and Services That Buyers Take for Granted

You know where the basic conveniences are located near your home search location — shops, restaurants, grocery stores. But how about the services and places that you take for granted? As you’re trying to decide where to live and which home best suits you, use this list to determine which amenities you can and can’t live without. This will help you settle on the perfect location — and your ideal home.

bananas at a supermarket1. Specialty Grocery Stores or Farmers’ Markets

You likely already know how far the closest grocery store is from your home search location. But if you love cooking and trying gourmet recipes, you may also want to live near shops that offer the ingredients that traditional grocery stores don’t.

2. Medical Facilities That Take Your Insurance

While you’re searching for homes and determining your ideal location, call around to the doctors, dentists, optometrists, chiropractors, and other medical professionals that you are considering. Find out which insurance providers these places accept to help you decide whether you need to change your location or your provider.

3. Schools

Even if schools don’t affect you, they can still affect your home search. If there is a school near the location you’re considering, be aware of lower speed limits during school hours, traffic congestion due to carpool lanes, and buses that may make frequent stops along major roads.

dog and cat sleeping by fireplace4. Veterinarians and Pet Stores

While you can buy basic pet supplies at a grocery store, there are still some things that only a veterinarian or a pet specialty store has in stock. If you know you’ll be visiting these places every month or so, you may want to choose a home search location that is closer to the veterinarian, pet store, or even an animal hospital.

5. Fire Stations, Police Stations, and Hospitals

It’s always a good idea to be aware of the location of emergency services. However, it’s also a good idea to be aware of the noise levels due to fire trucks, police cruisers, and ambulances. Sirens may go off at any time of day, and sometimes multiple times a day. Proximity to these emergency services can help you determine which location may be best for your new home.

6. Communities with Sidewalks

Sidewalks offer a sense of security and accessibility. If you know you are going to be walking your dog, jogging, or spending time exploring your community, you may want to consider living in an area that offers plenty of sidewalks.

shopping at a store7. Easily Accessible Shopping Areas

If you want to live near shopping centers, consider whether it’s easy to get in and out of the area. Do you have to turn left and cut across several lanes of traffic to enter the shopping center? Will you have to deal with congestion on a regular basis? Is parking abundant or hard to find? These questions may help you narrow down your favorite home search location.

8. TV and Internet Providers

If you’re moving to an unfamiliar area, go ahead and take the time to acquaint yourself with the local utility providers. If fiber optic providers are in the area, consider whether you want to live in an area or community that offers fiber internet.

9. Bookstores, Libraries, and Record Shops

Music apps and Kindles are great, but if you’re eager to get your hands on an album or a physical copy of a book, will you live close enough to one of these stores so that it’s worth the trip?

person on the treadmill10. Gyms and Fitness Centers

If your ideal community doesn’t offer an on-site fitness area, you may find it helpful to live close to a gym. If you prefer taking group exercise classes, you may want to live close to a place that offers fitness programs taught by certified instructors.

11. Furniture Stores, Home Goods Stores, and Home Improvement Stores

Chances are, you’re not going to keep the same furniture forever. You’ll want to update your home at some point! There may be a vase, an end table, a painting, or a light fixture that you want to purchase. Living close to an interior decorating or home improvement store will certainly come in handy as you’re making your home your own!

12. Auto Repair Shops and Gas Stations

If you own a car, you’ll have to take it to the shop for routine maintenance and inspections from time to time. Spend some time exploring the area you like and determine how close you want to live from mechanics, auto body shops, and gas stations.

waiter delivering food13. Restaurants That Offer Your Favorite Cuisine

It’s nice to live near your favorite types of restaurants, especially for the nights when you don’t feel like cooking. Take a look at online reviews to figure out where the best restaurants are and what type of cuisine they offer.

14. Moving Companies and Truck Rentals

You don’t want to do all the heavy lifting when moving furniture, major appliances, or other bulky items out of your home. Check to see whether your ideal home search location is close to movers or truck rental companies.

Have a Question About a Home or Community?

We would be happy to help you narrow your home search location and find the best home. Call us and we can talk about what’s most important to you.

Recently SOLD Real Estate – 3212 Matilda Cove

Henrico Real Estate Listing – SOLD

Thanks to the help of the Richmond Realtors at The 20/20 Team and GO Real Estate this Henrico Real Estate listing is now SOLD! This piece of recently sold real estate is a well maintained, move in ready, top floor condo in sought after Pemberton Oaks with LOW association dues! This Richmond real estate listing has been lovingly cared for and boasts an open floor plan flooded with natural light. Highlights of this piece of recently sold Richmond Real Estate include: family room with vaulted ceilings; dining area with chair rail and crown moulding; kitchen with newer appliances, updated lighting, pantry, and breakfast bar; generously-sized bedrooms including master with en suite and walk-in closet; laundry room with space for a full sized washer and dryer; newer HVAC, newer water heater, and covered balcony. Monthly HOA fees include water, sewer along with trash services and offers maintenance free living. All of this conveniently located in Richmonds West End, only moments from interstates, shopping, and entertainment. We told you this one would not last long.

Recently SOLD Richmond Real Estate Listing

3212 Matilda Cove, Henrico, VA

Sell a Home

Are you looking to sell a home? If so call the Richmond Realtors at The 20/20 Team and see how we can help you. Our team of Richmond Realtors has helped hundreds of clients take their Richmond Real Estate Listings from “For Sale” to “SOLD!” Our Richmond Real Estate experts sell homes throughout central Virginia including Powhatan, Hanover, Henrico, Chesterfield, Petersburg, Goochland and Richmond just to name a few. Don’t waste time and let this sellers’ market pass you by. Take advantage of it now and let our Richmond Real Estate Experts help you get more for your home! Contact us today!

Richmond Real Estate Search

If you are starting you Richmond Real Estate Search start it at www.GoRichmondRealEstate.com ! At The 20/20 Team website we have three great was for you to search for homes in Richmond, Virginia. First you take a look at some of our favorite homes and browse our list of featured listings, then perform a search using our real estate search tool and find the home that meets all of your needs, and finally perform a real estate search by neighborhood and find your dream home in your dream location. No matter how you choose to perform your Richmond Real Estate Search you are sure to find many great Homes in Richmond Virginia!

When It Comes to Home Staging, Start Small

The secret to selling your home for more money in less time is all in how you present it. Your home should look so beautiful—both online and in person—that home buyers can’t help but fall in love at first sight. The best way to create that wonderful first impression? Start small and focus on the details. Here are a few simple home staging tips that can have a significant impact on your home sale.

Start with Your Entryway

front door of a homeHome buyers decide whether a home is worth a visit based on how it looks in listing photos. You can impress buyers in seconds by paying special attention to the area around your front door. Make sure your entryway is well lit, is free of clutter, and looks inviting. (Feel free to ask for a second opinion from a friend, neighbor, or even your real estate agent.)

When it’s time for showings, don’t let a squeaky front door ruin a buyer’s first impression of your home. Spray WD-40 on creaky hinges, tighten any screws that are loose, and take care of any other issues well before the first home buyer steps over the threshold.

Move On to the Kitchen

Kitchens and bathrooms sell homes, as the saying goes. Follow these tips to enhance your kitchen’s appeal:

  • Replace old knobs and handles with stylish new hardware to give your kitchen an updated look.
  • Decorate your counters with bowls of fruit or potted plants to create an artsy pop of color.
  • Store unnecessary appliances and clutter out of sight.
  • Replace any light bulbs that have burned out.
  • Prior to showings, bake cookies to make your kitchen smell like home.

Focus on the Bathrooms

bathroom that is clean and clutter-freeNothing makes a better first impression than a squeaky-clean bathroom. Wipe down all surfaces including the inside of your toilet, eliminate any surface mold and grime from the bathtub or shower, and lay out a stack of carefully positioned hand towels as a finishing touch.

Make Your Windows Sparkle

Clean your windows inside and out, and replace any screens if necessary. Since it’s a smart idea to open your windows and let the natural light in, you can impress potential buyers with how well you have maintained your home.

Want More Home Staging or Home Selling Tips?

When you focus on these small home staging tips, it will be easy to attract home buyers to your front door and impress them with the details. If you would like additional home staging and cleaning tips, or if you’re considering selling your home and want to talk about your plans, contact us. We are happy to help.