3 Ways to Improve Your Home While Giving Back
3 Ways to Improve the Presentation of Your Home AND Give Back to the Community
The real estate market in Prince William County, Virginia is now experiencing positive trends in home sales and you may be thinking about selling your home. If not, you may just be ready to clean out or change things up a bit. Either way, your efforts can help support our local community.
Bryan Garcia and some real estate agents from Exit Heritage Realty in Haymarket recently spent some time volunteering at Habitat for Humanity in Manassas. The mission of Habitat for Humanity is to eliminate poverty housing and make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. They learned first hand how this worthwhile organization can always use volunteers and is in great need of household items and supplies.
Here are three recommended things you can do to add value to your home and prepare it for sale while also supporting local organizations like Habitat for Humanity:
1. Update Your Kitchen
The added value of kitchen remodeling varies from home to home. Our market is still recovering, so kitchen updates may not bring as much return as they did in previous years. That said, the kitchen is still the heart of the home and most buyers will say it is the most important. A full remodel isn’t necessary, but some changes like replacing appliances, changing out countertops, sinks or cabinets and updating lighting can help. â€¨â€¨
All of these replaced items can be donated to Habitat for Humanity if they are working and in decent condition. Habitat does have guidelines like appliances should be five years old or less, so check the website at www.habitatpwc.org for details. Items that cannot be used directly in home building are sold at ReStore to the general public at forty to ninety percent discount off retail prices. Proceeds go towards the building program.
(Kitchen photo courtesy of ThisOldHouse.com)â€¨
Another big thing home buyers look for is storage space. Make sure your closets, garage and kitchen cabinets are organized neatly and not overflowing. Yes, buyers do open cabinets! Gather unwanted clothes and accessories still in decent condition and donate them. You can drop these items at Goodwill or the Salvation Army in Manassas. Winter coats, especially for children, are in high demand. Visit OneWarmCoat.com for local coat drives. â€¨â€¨
For the kitchen, if you have an abundance of canned goods and food supplies not expired, box them up and bring them to the Haymarket Food Pantry on Washington Street in Haymarket. You won’t have to move them later and it will serve the community. â€¨â€¨Items from your garage and basement may also be of great value to Habitat for Humanity. Doors and windows, unupholstered furniture, plumbing supplies, electrical wiring and flooring can all be used.â€¨
3. Don’t Decorate, UNdecorate
It is a home staging rule of thumb to remove objects and excessive decorating reflecting your personal style or overcrowding the living space. Let the buyer envision your home with their own personal touches. â€¨â€¨You may not be ready to part with some of these personal treasures and can store them neatly, but for some folks a home change may be a new opportunity for a style change.
The Very Thing Consignments in Haymarket or Stuff! in Gainesville will accept a wide range of household items and you’ll receive percentage of the sale. Or, these items can also be donated to Goodwill or Salvation Army.
Bryan Garcia specializes in helping folks buy and sell real estate in Northern Virginia. His area of expertise is Prince William County — Haymarket, Gainesville, Bristow, Manassas, Warrenton and surrounding communities.
Call Bryan today (703) 753-9100, ext. 103 or email BryanGarcia@exitheritage.com anytime.
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