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Sweet listing in Shirlington, Arlington! Open House, Sunday, 10/26, 1-4pm.

Sweet listing in Shirlington, Arlington! Open House, Sunday, 10/26, 1-4pm.

Hi!

Just listed today. We have a wonderful 2 bedroom / 2 bath unit in the heart of Shirlington for sale – at just $335K.

Exterior

In Courtbridge of Arlington, this condo is tucked under towering pines. Sit on the patio off the living room in your Adirondack chair and enjoy the great Fall weather.

Freshly painted throughout, this home is both spacious and warm. It has a wonderfully unique floor plan with huge two level master bedroom featuring a sitting area. A sunken living room with fireplace and French door lead to your own private patio.

Living Room with Fireplace

See more pics at listings scrolling to the left of this post. Come see this stunner at our Open House this Sunday, October 26, 1-4pm.  Or contact us for your a showing at another time this coming week. We look forward to seeing you at the open house or shortly after!

Cheers,

Ken

Buying a Simgle Family Home – 5 Key Things to Look for at a Home Inspection

Buying a Home – 5 Key Things to Look for at a Home Inspection

Hi!

I always recommend to buyers that they get a home inspection prior to purchasing a single family home, or any home. Eliminating surprises later is key to keeping down your costs of owning a home.

Note that you want to get a great home inspector and listen to them closely. What I tell you here is from my many years of experience of my buyers doing home inspections, only. My expertise is selling homes, not in home inspections; home inspectors are experts in home inspection. I can refer you to one, if that is helpful, as well.

Checklist from the Real Estate Inspection Report

Here are 5 key things to look for at a home inspection:

1. Roof – What is its approximate age / how much life does it have left? Replacing a roof is one of the most expensive items on a house. Are there any obvious exterior holes or wear that might let water get into the house? Are there any signs of water on the underside of the roof, inside the house, that might indicate water has gotten inside? Look in the attic if there is one and it is accessible.

2. Drainage from the house. Is the soil at the foundation tapered / graded away from the house to allow for drainage? Are the gutters in great condition with no leaks and are they free of debris, such as leaves and twigs? Are the downspouts in great condition and lead the water well away from the house’s foundation? A simple curve that might be 6 inches at the bottom of the downspouts is not enough. An extension should be added to that piece. You might see a splash block at the bottom instead of an extension. I do not consider this acceptable to do the work, especially in a heavy downpour – and our area gets them.

3. Mechanicals. How much life is left on the HVAC and hot water heater? Typically, 15 years has been considered their general life span. Replacing an HVAC system is fairly expensive; a hot water heater replacement is much less, though still spendy. Consider the total costs of replacing, including installation cost. It adds up.

4. Foundation. Is it in great condition? It supports the house. When in question, have a structural engineer take a look at it. I can refer you to a great one, if you need it.

5. Overall condition of the house. Does it appear that the owners (and past owners) have taken great, consistent care of it? Do the current owners have an “operating manual” for the house? Are there records? I recommend to my sellers that they supply to buyers any records, details and any warranties on items in the home.

I hope these 5 key things to look for at a home Inspection was helpful to you. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Cheers!

Ken

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Arlington Rocks Presents The 10th Annual Westover Halloween

It’s here! The 10th year anniversary of our neighborhood Halloween event. Bigger and funner – and scarier – than ever!

Come by on Halloween night, October 31st, for extra special treats this year – and a chance to a win a gift certificate from Lost Dog Cafe for $50.

Check back here for the winning number! Best of luck – and we look forward to seeing you!

Ken & Team Yes I Ken!

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7 Tips to Prepare Your Arlington, VA, Home for Sale

7 Tips to Prepare Your Arlington, VA, Home for Sale

Hi!

Most of my sellers want to get top dollar for their homes and will do the work to make that happen. They are happy to do some items to prepare their home for sale. When this is the case, I advise my clients  to get a pre-listing home inspection, and make any corrections before going on the market. I even market the home as having a clean bill of health with my “Buyer Approved Home Program.” This saves you, the homeowner, the possible need to give a monetary credit or doing work if a buyer finds something “that is not quite right” and “needs fixing.” And, if you do the work early on, saves you from doing it in a period of time that is usually not convenient – the same timeframe that you will be planning your move and preparing for closing.

Even worse – what can and has happened –  the buyer might get concerned, perhaps, about one single item she sees and take it as an indication that the owner has not paid attention to more items – and the buyer “freaks out,” decided to not buy your home. Talk about a hiccup in your home selling process! You’ve taken your home off the market, effectually, to have the buyer work through a home inspection as a contingency for sale, and now you need to put it back on, and potentially not only having lost other buyers that were out there, also possibly having additional buyers think that there is a “stain” on the property. Meaning that there is something so wrong with it that a buyer did not want to purchase it after having an inspection. You may get less money for it than originally or even not be able to sell it now.

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Here are some items to pay attention to or to do to prepare for selling your home!

1. Have all of your electrical switches and outlets in working condition. Electrical can scare some buyers because most do not know anything or much about what electricity is or how an electrical system works.

2. Make sure there are no plumbing leaks. Water is a major source of concern for buyers. Among other reasons, water or moisture is a component of mold formation.

3. Make sure that your toilet(s) flush correctly and that they do not wobble when you attempt to rock them with your hands by the seat side to side. Inspectors are known to tell buyers that a “broken seal” caused by a toilet that is not secured well to the floor can start a leak and damage the house.

4. Get items free and clear of your furnace and water heater. Do not have things near near them that could either combust or make a buyer think they could. Having the items there might register negatively in their minds in terms of what care they think you have given the home.

5. Have a termite inspection, if you are not in a type of dwelling such as a condo where the management does it already regularly. Get a clean bill of health and show that you take great care of your house.

6. If you are in a home that has you taking care of the exterior vs. a management company, take special note of roof and gutter condition and make any repairs. The goal is to keep water out of and away from the house. Make sure downspouts extensions lead well away from the foundation and that the ground is graded away from the house to allow proper drainage.

7. Have documentation of all work that has been done on the house, either preventative and even possibly corrective.  Put it in neat order in a binder. This helps the purchaser access the information and feel good that you are on top of the houses’ care, so they do not need to be concerned about items in the house .

I hope these tips to prepare your home for sale were helpful to you! Please let me know what questions you might have that I can help answer.

Cheers,
Ken

Value! Two Bedroom Condo Near Metro and DC – Low $300’s

Value! Two Bedroom Condo Near Metro and DC – Low $300’s

That’s what just a hint over $300,000 gets you this weekend in NORTH Arlington!

Hi! A value to offer you…

OPEN THIS SUNDAY, 9/28 2pm-4pm! Location! Location! Bright, 2nd flr corner unit 2 bed /1 bath condo. Walk or bike to Rosslyn and Courthouse Metro stations, Clarendon area and even into Georgetown. Serene, secluded, pet-friendly Palisade Gardens. Updated bath and open kitchen. Washer/Dryer in unit. Extra storage. VA/FHA approved. Bikeshare/paths & parks. One block to new Mom’s Market grocery. Express ART bus to Rosslyn Metro.


This stunning home is another reason that ARLINGTON ROCKS!

To get there: From Key Bridge – West on Lee Highway, Right on North Scott, Left on North 21st. The unit is inside the White building through the court yard. The unit is the very top level of the building. Park anywhere on the street.

See full details on this website to the left in the scrolling homes for sale.

Hosted by us  – come see us. I hope this home is great for you.

Cheers,

Ken

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