Northern Virginia Real Estate and Community News

June 7, 2022

Tips on Buying Power Tools

 

 

 

 

 

It’s almost Father's Day and many men have a power tool wish list. With the market being saturated with various brands of power tools, it can be a really tough decision to choose the right ones.

 

Here are some basic areas of comparison that you need to take into consideration. These tips will also help you get the best deals on the power tools you do decide to purchase.

 

Of course, the purchase price is something we are all going to look at.

 

It doesn’t matter how great a power tool is, if it is too much for the budget then it probably won’t even be considered. Most power tools are reasonably priced but you are going to run across some heavy-duty, top-of-the-line power tools that have a price tag to reflect it. Don’t spend a fortune on a tool you’re only going to use once or twice, just get what you need to get the job done safely. You can rent many expensive, ‘single-use’ tools such as a tile saw, table saw, floor sander, etcetera, from your local Lowes, Home Depot, or similar store. 

 

When you are starting your search, be sure to consider some local hardware stores too, and not just the big box stores. You will most likely find their customer service much better. 

 

If you are going to purchase, keep in mind that the total cost is more than just the purchase price. You have to include the ‘expendables’ or accessories needed to make the tool do what it has to do. Take the cost of these essentials into consideration as well. Depending on the type of power tool, these essentials can be sandpaper, belts, blades, bits, or any number of other items. Optional accessories are also something to consider, which may make the tool even more useful or versatile.

 

What features are you looking for in a particular power tool?

 

Don’t get caught up in all the ‘special’ or added features that some have to offer. You may end up paying a great deal more for a power tool that has features you won’t or don’t intend to ever use. Take a good look at those features however, because you may find a few that you could really use. that you didn’t think of, such as a laser guide on a miter saw, or a drill that has a hammer-drill setting. That will definitely make a particular model more appealing to you. Note: when it comes to circular saws, some are ‘left-hand’ blades and some are ‘right-hand’ blades. Which works best for you, something we sometimes forget!

 

Consider Replacement Parts and Customer Support...especially Batteries!

Since most power tools are designed to last a very long time, you want to find out about the availability of replacement parts. You also want to find out about customer support. It can be over the phone, by mail, or on the internet. It is important that customer support is available to you in the event you have questions, comments, or complaints about your power tool purchase. Manufacturers who have been in business for a very long time are likely to still be there down the road when you need a replacement part for your power tool. READ REVIEWS!

 Here’s a great example. For cordless tools, look at DeWalt. They are available everywhere. Batteries are available and are common or shared, and are compatible among many different tools. Many times, you can find them in sets, all using the same batteries and charger. Keep in mind that less common replacement batteries can be quite expensive. DeWalt tools are used by professionals and do-it-yourselfers alike, are of good quality, and they last!

 

Stanley, Milwaukee, Ridgid (Rigid) Tool Company, Dremel, Crescent Tool, Channel-Lok, Klein, Wiss tools, Snap-On, Craftsman, Black & Decker, Estwing, Lenox, and Leatherman, are others to consider. These are generally all brand names that have been around a while, so replacement parts and customer service are generally good and available.

 

 

The quality of a power tool is very important.

 

A good way to compare the quality of a particular type of power tool is to check reviews online from other consumers and professionals. These reviews are free to look at and usually unbiased. You can also check with magazines or websites that do comparisons such as Consumer Reports. However, you will probably have to pay for a subscription to get this information. Their monthly magazine has features for a variety of products. You can search their archives online to find articles and reviews about power tools as well.

 

It is a good idea to purchase a particular model and brand of power tool only after you have physically looked at it and touched it. Is it too heavy? Does it seem too flimsy for the job you plan to do with it? How noisy is it? Does it fit properly in your hands? These things are all very important and will affect how compatible the power tool is for you.

 

Safety should be a top priority on your list when it comes to selecting power tools.

 

 What is the safety rating? How many accidents have occurred with a particular model of hand tool? What safety features does the power tool offer you? All power tools on the market have basic safety mechanisms in place, but keep in mind that some only offer the bare minimum as regulated while others go the extra mile to ensure their customers are safe while operating them. NEVER remove a safety guard, it is there for a reason!

 

To get the most from the power tools you purchase, follow these guidelines: Don’t be blind-sided by the brand name or the design of a particular power tool. Take the time to find out exactly what it has to offer you. With a little research, you are sure to get just the right tool to get the job done.

 

Wishing a Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

 

Robin Butler,

“Your Friend In The Real Estate Business.”

Remax Gateway

703-932-9299

 

Posted in Community News
May 3, 2022

What Can I Do on a Weekend with $1000?

 

Everyone wants to improve their home. The list is usually a mile long. But most people don’t have an endless supply of money and time to make this happen. Hence the FAQ:

 

What can I do in one weekend with a $1000 budget to make an improvement?

 

Many projects are brought to mind but your house has an exterior, too. Remember that everyone can see your yard and the outside of your house. If you want to impress the neighbors, this might be the place to start.

 

  1. Paint: With a $1,000 budget, painting is the only exterior option that works. Whether your home is brick or siding, it can still be painted. Even vinyl siding can be painted with the appropriate paint. All that’s required is a few brushes and a ladder, in most cases.
  2. Mulch: Mulch is cheap, or even free in some cities during certain times of the year. Those old flower beds will look a lot better with a layer of mulch.
  3. New numbers: Every house ought to have the address clearly posted. It’s easier for the pizza delivery person, fire department, and the police to find your house. There are even a variety of different font options that add to the overall look of your house.
  4. New mailbox: It’s not uncommon to see a beautiful home with a mailbox that looks like it was run over by a truck. If the mailbox is in good structural shape, consider giving it a coat of paint.
  5. Flowers, shrubs, trees: Depending on the variety and season, these are inexpensive ways to add to the curb appeal of your home. Ensure that you’re purchasing plants that will thrive in your particular soil and climate.
  6. Planters: Whether under a window or sitting on your patio, planters are attractive, mobile, and inexpensive.
  7. Clean up: Many yards would benefit from a simple clean-up. Trim the grass around the house, trees, fence, and driveway. Pick up all the sticks. Then, plant grass seed on the bare patches. Pull the weeds. Fertilize the lawn. Keep the grass cut to the proper length. Pick up anything else that doesn’t belong in the yard. Throw out the broken porch swing and toys that nobody uses anymore.

Many of these tasks are entirely free and only require sweat equity.

When the weather is nice, landscaping and other outdoor projects can be very enjoyable. Consider the weather and season when planning your outdoor makeover activities. It can be tough to do gardening or painting in the middle of a thunderstorm.

 

“The house has to please everyone, contrary to the work of art, which does not. 

The work is a private matter for the artist. The house is not.”

- Adolf Loos

 

Those are all great but what’s the damage?

Again, landscaping projects are the first thing people might notice. But, we said our budget was only $1,000. Let’s see how the above might break down:

 

  1. Clean up the yard – Free: Take the time to clean up around your yard and make it look great! 
  2. Grass seed - $10 – Five pounds of grass seed is enough to cover 500-1,000 square feet.
  3. Trees - $90: Five, 2-gallon trees will set you back roughly $18 each. This is the average price for various pine and fruit trees.
  4. Flowers - $75: A decent sized rose bush is $20, depending on the variety. Chrysanthemums are only $8 each, which would cost $40 if you bought five of them. A fifty-pack of tulip bulbs is $15.
  5. Mailbox and post - $60: Pick one you like. A new post is around $25.
  6. Exterior paint - $160: A 5-gallon bucket containing a combination of paint and primer is $70 for white. Colored paint will set you back $160 for 5 gallons. That’s enough paint for a 2,000 square foot home.
  7. Mulch - $15: Two cubic feet of mulch can be found for $3. This price is by the bag. A truckload would cost much less per cubic foot. A large 4x15 flower bed would require 10 cubic feet of mulch to have 2” of coverage. Five bags would cost around $15.
  8. Planters - $150: Planters can range from less than $1 to several hundred dollars. A very nice planter is in the $50 range. Let’s use three of them.

 

If you add that all up, the total is only $560! When you’ve physically recovered from all the hard work, you could spend the other $440 on a few more beautifying projects. 

 

A lot can be done to enhance the landscaping and exterior of your home without spending a bundle. With the weather getting nicer, now is the time to tackle the outdoor projects. 

 

As always, feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need recommendations.

 

Robin Butler,

“Your Friend In The Real Estate Business.”

Remax Gateway

703-932-9299





Posted in Community News
April 13, 2022

Sorting Out Your Tax Documents: Pitch or Keep?

 

Even though dealing with tax season is probably old hat by now, there are some things about taxes that continue to perplex. Specifically, what should you do with tax documents and the supporting paperwork?

 

Your aunt says to throw it all away after 2 years. Your banker friend says to save everything for 7 years.

 

So what should you do? Are there reasons you should save tax documents forever?

 

Use this handy guide to help you determine which tax-related documents to save and which to pitch:

 

Save tax returns. Many financial experts recommend never throwing away tax returns. They might come in handy in the future when you need to reflect back to determine the cost basis of prior investment figures, if you wish to apply for loans, or if you want to file for disability insurance.

  • If you don’t have room to store tax returns, scan them and keep them in computer files. Be sure to back them up, though, in case your computer crashes.

File stock and mutual fund confirmations for safe-keeping. Because you’ll likely someday sell your stock market purchases, you’ll need the original information about your purchase of those items, such as when you bought them, how much you paid, and how many shares you bought.

  • As long as you have the stock, you’ll need those confirmations. So save - don’t pitch.

Throw away monthly statements from all financial institutions if you receive year-end reports. Be careful with this one, though, because some major brokerage firms recently stopped issuing year-end summaries and expect their customers to save monthly reports for tax time.

Pitch salary paystubs after the year’s end. If you saved paystubs all year, it’s okay to get rid of them after you’re sure your W-2 reflects properly the amount you earned. The only exception here is if, for some reason, you need the final paystub of the year (to claim how much money was deducted from your pay all year for donations to charities). 

Before you dispose of copies of household bills, ensure you don’t need them. If you have a home office, you’ll likely need your utility bills and other types of receipts to claim the home-office deduction on your tax return. 

  • Electric/gas bills, internet connection fees, homeowners’ insurance, HOA maintenance fees, and others may help you get a hefty tax return if you have a home office.

Save credit card bills. Although some financial experts recommend pitching them, many reasons to save them exist. For example, these days, credit card companies often ensure anything you’ve purchased with the cards. 

Home improvement receipts.  According to Turbo Tax, while you can’t deduct the cost of home improvements on your yearly taxes you can use them to offset the taxes you’ll pay when you sell your home and increase the amount you keep as profit.   

  • Under current tax laws, most home sellers will avoid paying taxes on their profit, but it’s always wise to know exactly where you stand.  You can find some of the exceptions HERE
  • HERE is a past blog I shared on this topic.  

Expect exceptions to these rules. If you have room, it’s wise to save any important records.

  • For instance, in 2010, the government offered the Longtime Home Buyers’ Tax Credit to home purchasers who could furnish proof they’d resided in their previous home for 5 of the prior 8 years. 
  • Sound easy? It wasn’t, as many applied for and didn’t receive this credit. Why? Many homebuyers were unable to prove they’d resided in their home for 5 years to the satisfaction of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
  • One couple that did receive the credit got it because they had saved their monthly utility bills for the home and sent copies with their application for the tax credit. So, saving their utility bills ultimately helped them receive a $6,000 credit from the IRS. 

 

If you take this information into account, you won’t get caught without a receipt you need or using up precious space to store papers you don’t require.

 

Robin Butler,

“Your Friend In The Real Estate Business.”

Remax Gateway

703-932-9299

 

 

Posted in Community News
March 29, 2022

Are You “Nose-Blind” To Your Home?

 

 

Are you worried that you have gone “nose-blind” to the scents of your home?  Or do you know just how your house smells and you worry that it could turn off potential buyers?

 

I’ve put together a few ideas to help you…

 

If you aren’t a smoker or an animal owner and your home doesn’t have any strong offending odors you may just want to entice buyers with a pleasant-smelling open house.   You can freshen up the air with some candles or potpourri placed around the home.  And, there is always the tried and true trick of baking cookies.  These tricks won’t do anything to get rid of anything stinky but will give the potential buyers a happy pleasant smell as they tour your home.  

 

Of course, if you have actual odors that need to be addressed then cookies can only mask so much.  Before you start with the cleaning process, open up the windows and let Mother Nature help air out the house.  If you can get the air fresh it will help lead you to the offending items in need of cleaning.

 

The first step is a thorough cleaning.  Scrub the floors and walls with either a cleaning solution or a mixture of water and vinegar.  Or a bleach solution if you’ve got more stubborn smells.  

 

If you have low-level odor then sprinkling some baking soda in the carpets and on the furniture before vacuuming can help absorb the bad smells.  Baking soda is a proven odor absorber, let it sit for about 15 minutes before vacuuming.  You can also leave bowls of baking soda on shelves or in cabinets, and an open box in the fridge, to help absorb odors.  Here’s a fun project you can use to semi-hide what you’re doing.

 

https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/DIY-Scented-Coffee-Filter-Sachets-32107228

 

There are other carpet deodorizer powders that you can use but these sometimes leave an artificial smell behind.  But, they may be necessary if the smells are too strong.

 

https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-deodorize-your-carpet-naturally-with-baking-soda-252554

 

Simple clean not enough?

 

If you have more stubborn smells from smoking or pets you may need to hire a professional to clean the carpets and the fabric furniture and window coverings.  And, you may even need to freshen things up with a new coat of paint.  Fresh paint adds an odor of its own but it’s definitely better, and cleaner smelling, than cat urine.  

A great professional resource is Bio Shock.  They don’t just mask the odors in your home, they come in and in a few hours can eliminate the odor at the source.   Whether you need to prep your home for sale, moved into a stinky house, or just want to give your home a refresh Bio Shock is the company to call.  Check out my video below to learn more.

 

Once you get the smells gone you want to make sure they stay gone.  

  • If you have smokers in the house make sure they keep it outside.
  • If you can’t relocate the pets while you’re selling, then seal off a few rooms to keep them clean.
  • Invest in an air purifier.  You can always take that with you in case your new home didn’t go through the same odor removal process.
  • Put dryer sheets in dresser drawers or in closets to keep them smelling clean. (Yes, homebuyers will look almost anywhere) 
  • Don’t fill the home with plug-in air fresheners.  You may think these will keep everything smelling good, but they are often too overpowering with artificial smells.  And, buyers may wonder what you’re trying to hide.

 

 

Robin Butler,

“Your Friend In The Real Estate Business.”

Remax Gateway

703-932-9299




Feb. 23, 2022

Is Your Condo Association Ready?

 

Are you looking to sell your condo this year?  You should be aware that due to the condominium collapse last year in Florida, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are now requiring more information on reported structural problems or deferred maintenance on buildings before they will authorize a loan.  

 

The best thing you can do if you are planning to sell is to make sure your Association is ready with an information package (board minutes, budget changes, attorney letters), so that when the lender asks you are ready and your buyer’s loan can go through without a hitch.

 

And if you are a seller you can feel more confident you are buying into a sound and secure building.

 

https://selling-guide.fanniemae.com/Selling-Guide/Origination-thru-Closing/Subpart-B4-Underwriting-Property/Chapter-B4-1-Appraisal-Requirements/Section-B4-1-2-Documentation-Standards/1032991871/B4-1-2-03-Requirements-for-Postponed-Improvements-02-06-2019.htm

 

https://my.sf.freddiemac.com/updates/guide/bulletin~2021-38

 

Watch this video for more information.  And as always feel free to reach out if you have any more questions.

 

Robin Butler

"Your Friend in the Real Estate Business"

Remax Gateway

703-932-9299

 

 

Posted in Selling Your Home
Jan. 26, 2022

How Smart is Your Home?

Technology seems to be an always changing and evolving thing to consider in your home.  Once upon a time, a home was thought to be advanced if it had a telephone connection in multiple rooms. Then bedrooms with cable hook-ups were all the rage, especially if you were house shopping with teenagers.  Has anyone ever come across an intercom built into the wall?  Things that once felt like luxury now seem quaint.  

 

Today people want their refrigerators to buy their milk for them.  Just how “smart” do people want their homes to be?  And, what’s the best way to make your home a smarty-pants?

What are you looking for in a tech-assisted home?

The first thing you really need to ask yourself is what are YOU looking for out of these devices.  Are you looking to make your home more secure or more convenient?  

 

It’s not too difficult to make your existing home smart.  You can use Alexa or Nest devices with smart plugs and smart bulbs and control them either with voice or apps on your phone. When you move you will most likely take these devices with you so you don’t have to worry about tech compatibility with new buyers.

 

But what of more permanent devices? Such as appliances or security systems.  Amazon, Google, and Apple all have devices to help you control every aspect of your home.  Of course, you want to tailor your devices to your preferences but it’s a good idea to stick with the major players, the companies that you know are going to be around and updating their software a year from now, to make the home transfer easier.  You don’t want to be trying to sell your Betamax home in five years.  (Points if you know what I’m talking about). 

 

If you are planning on upgrading your kitchen with Wi-Fi enabled appliances you can feel pretty comfortable with most manufacturers, as they are working to make each of the major smart home hubs able to integrate into their products.  This means that while you may have an Apple device running your home you don’t have to worry about selling to just Apple users.  

 

https://www.consumerreports.org/appliances/smart-appliances-that-work-with-amazon-alexa-google-home-and-more/

 

The same can be said for most Smart Door Locks and Security Cameras and Doorbells.  Though, those you can also take with you if you’d like to reuse them in your new home.  

 

https://www.schlage.com/blog/categories/2019/05/moving-with-smart-locks.html

 

https://support.ring.com/hc/en-us/articles/360038010351-I-Would-Like-to-Take-Over-Change-Ownership-of-Ring-Devices

 

**If you are selling or buying a home with these Smart Home devices make sure you include the login information in the transfer paperwork.  As a buyer you don’t want to have to track down the previous owner, or go through the support headache, just to control your home.**

 

If you are building a new home you want to keep all of this in mind, but today it’s not telephone or cable connections you need to plan for, but Ethernet Ports.  Also, to make sure you avoid bad network pockets a mesh network is suggested. 

 

For an existing home, there are apps you can download on your phone to test your Wi-Fi signal and if you find you have bad pockets you can upgrade to a mesh network.  

 

https://www.pcmag.com/picks/the-best-wi-fi-mesh-network-systems

 

I know this is some bare-bones advice but hopefully, the information I’ve provided will start you on the best “education” for your smart home.

 

 

 

Here's a free download with some additional information.




 As always, feel free to reach out if you want to talk things over.


Robin Butler

"Your Friend in the Real Estate Business"

Remax Gateway

703-932-9299

 

 

 

 

Dec. 13, 2021

Save your Christmas Tree from the Landfill

 

Are you a die-hard live Christmas tree or bust person?  If so, do you struggle every year with simply dumping the tree on the curb and wondering if there are better ways to dispose of it?

 

Well, there are…

 

In the Garden

 

Pine needles dry quickly and decompose slowly, making them great moisturizing, and nutrient-full, mulch.  Of course turning your tree into mulch can be difficult if you don’t have access to a chipper.   You can rent a chipper from the local hardware store.  Or, see if your local garden center offers a mulching service.

 

If you don’t have a garden in need of mulch, many garden centers will take your tree, free of charge, so they can mulch it for others.

 

You can also remove the boughs of the tree to use as insulation for your perennials.  

 

You can cut the trunk into 2 inch discs to use as flower bed edging.  Or use the trunk and thicker branches as pathway edging.

 

If you have muddy pathways in your garden the pine needles make great ground cover to add traction.

 

And if you go the extra mile to buy a tree with a root ball you can replant it after Christmas… assuming you took the proper care of it while it was inside.

 

In Nature

 

You don’t have to rush to discard the tree, you could put it to use outside.  Make sure you put it in a secure pot and let it be used as housing for birds and squirrels.  Hang bird feeders, peanut butter filled pine cones, and suet from the boughs to feed the wildlife all winter.

 

Christmas Tree Turned Bird Feeder 😃🌲🐦 // Garden Answer

 

If you have a large pond on your property you can sink the tree for the fish to house in and feed off.  (Assuming your tree is chemical free, of course.)

 

Check with your local parks department to see if they take trees to use for the wildlife in the local parks.

 

And, some coastal areas will collect trees to help with coastal erosion, and even to help build up new sand dunes.

 

In Crafts  

 

Use some of the pine needles in a potpourri.  If you’re really creative you can cut off a disc of the trunk, put it in a heat resistance bowl, cover it halfway with water, add pine needles and other ingredients (such as cinnamon sticks, cloves, cranberries, etc ), and place the bowl in a warm spot, away from pets and children, such as over a heating vent.  As the water warms up the scents will fill the air.  Once the water evaporates you will need to refill it and refresh the ingredients.  

 

You can cut the trunk to make candle holders, coasters, ornaments, flower pot risers…  If you can think it, you can make it.

 

4 Easy DIY Ideas from Logs and Branches

 

You can strip some of the smaller branches of the tree needles and use the twigs as stakes for other plants.  

 

To keep warm OUTSIDE ONLY

 

If you enjoy your fire pit all year long you can add the trees to the fire, but only OUTSIDE, do not use the trees in an indoor fireplace.

 

If you don’t want to bother with the hassle of dealing with your tree after the holiday then make sure to check into whether your local garden centers or parks take donations.  Or, maybe your city has special tree pick-up times for recycling.  A little extra research is worth your tree being put to use, rather than simply ending up in the landfill.  

 

 Robin Butler

“Your Friend in the Real Estate Business”

Remax Gateway

703-932-9299

 

Dec. 3, 2021

Robin Visits River - Sea Chocolates

 

I recently visited River-Sea Chocolates in Chantilly, and you can bet I walked out with plenty of chocolate.  I'm sure you will too, so check them out.

 

About River-Sea Chocolates

River-Sea Chocolates offer a wide variety of chocolates locally produced in their chocolate factory. They have environmentally and socially-conscious products with options for different dietary needs like vegan, keto, and food allergies.

They named their chocolates "River-Sea" because most of the world's cacao grows in coastal jungle areas influenced by the daily flow of the tide. The rhythm of a producer's life synchronizes with the waves and moon. Beauty and reverence for these celestial reverberations, and the dance with nature that happens as beans voyage by river or sea, inspire their products.

Their chocolate factory is always open to the public and has chocolate bars for sale, craft chocolate drinks, and a nice seating area to hang out or get work done.

Their café is now open. Stop in for delicious classic and designer hot chocolate drinks, all made with their lightly sweetened single-origin craft organic chocolate.

Come and visit them at 4520 Daly Dr. Suite 100, Chantilly, VA. They are open from Mondays to Sundays!

Check out my recent visit to River-Sea, and then check out some of my other videos from local businesses.  

 

 

Robin Butler

"Your Friend in the Real Estate Business"

Remax Gateway

703-932-9299

 

Posted in Community News
Nov. 15, 2021

Small Business Saturday

 

 

During the last two years, our small businesses have been hit harder than any other business. Many of them are still recovering from the coronavirus storm. That’s why it’s important for you to remember the little guy and shop local for your holiday needs.

 

One great way to kick that off is with Small Business Saturday on November 27!

 

Small Business Saturday was started, and trademarked, by American Express in 2010 to help small businesses compete with Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  In an effort to promote the event AmEx bought Facebook advertising and then gave it to their small business clients to use for their stores.  And they continue by rewarding their cardholders for using their AmEx cards on the day in small businesses.

 

The first year was such a success that in 2011 the US Senate passed a resolution in support of the day.  And, in 2013 the UK adopted their own version.  According to data compiled by AmEx 110 million consumers spent $19.6 Billion dollars last year, and in its history, $120 billion has been spent during Small Business Saturdays.

 

One key thing to remember--Small businesses are a part of the neighborhoods so most of that money stays within the community where it is spent.  Approximately 67 cents of every dollar you spend at a small business stays within the community.  And, because that money goes to the business owner and the employees they also tend to spend it locally. (https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20181113005356/en/)

 

Small businesses are also more likely to be involved within the community by donating to local charities and partnering with local school/youth activities.  So supporting your local small businesses is a win for everyone!

 

If you are a small business and want to participate there are a few key things you need to do to make it a success.

  • Make sure you are web-ready and your social media presence is up to date.
  • Start your day with a Kick-off Event and extend your hours for late shoppers.
  • Offer incentives and give ‘check-in’ rewards.
  • Focus on customer service.  One advantage small businesses have over the big box stores.
  • Team up with other small businesses in the neighborhood and celebrate each other.
  • Donate a portion of your day’s proceeds to a local charity.
  • Don’t try to compete with the big box stores by slashing prices.  Your customers are coming to you for the local experience and to support the community.  Play to your strengths and don’t damage your bottom line.

If you need some local small business tips check out my YouTube page where I visit many different locations around town.

***If you are a small business owner leave a comment or drop me a text/email and I will be happy to promote your Small Business Saturday Events on my social media.  As a small business owner myself, we are all in this together, so it is our duty to help lift each other up!

 

As always I am here for your Real Estate Needs.

 

Robin Butler,

“Your Friend in the Real Estate Business”

Remax Gateway

703-932-9299

 

Posted in Community Events
Oct. 18, 2021

Top 5 Reasons To Take Photos Now if Selling Next Year

Now more than ever, great photography plays a key role in the sale of your Northern Virginia home. Check out these stats regarding home buying online:

 

According to a study by Google and the National Association of Realtors,“ Nine in 10 home buyers today rely on the internet as one of their primary research sources, and 52 percent turn to the web as their first step.” 

 

Not only that, but Realtor.com reports that 63 percent of buyers made an offer on a house they hadn’t seen in person in November and December of 2020. WHAT? They never saw the home in person before making an offer! (Read that again slowly.)

 

This is strong proof that your photos need to be top-notch and professionally done.  In today’s world, it’s possible to purchase a home from start to finish all online. Here’s why we want to start now and work ahead to get your photos done.

  1. There’s 100% proof that your photos will be viewed before your home is considered in the buyer’s list.
  2. Doing photos now puts you steps ahead of everyone else wanting to sell in the spring.
  3. The season is right. We don’t want to be stuck taking photos of ugly trees and bare landscaping for a spring sale. While the leaves are turning and you haven’t decorated for the holidays yet is the perfect time to get beautiful photos of your home.
  4. While taking the photos, I can also help you with a to-do list of things that may need updated or fixed before listing your home for sale.
  5. And, maybe the best reason, I will personally pay for a professional photographer to do the photos for you.

 

If you’re thinking of listing your home next year, don’t wait. Let’s start talking about it now and get those gorgeous photos ready. Give me a call, text me or email me and we’ll set up a time to talk.

 

Robin Butler

“Your Friend in the Real Estate Business”

RE/MAX Gateway

703-932-9299

 

RobinButlerRealtor@gmail.com

 

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