Realtor - Amanda S. Davidson: How Can I Increase My Kingstowne VA Home's Value?

How Can I Increase My Kingstowne VA Home's Value?

If you are planning to sell your Kingstowne VA home soon, you are likely thinking of ways to increase its value. One of the most common questions I get from my clients is “How can I increase my home’s value?”

How to choose the best project

When you want to boost your home value, the best answer is to update and renovate your house. There are many home projects you can do like upgrading the kitchen, renovating the bathroom, adding a bathroom, installing a deck, and more.

However, there's a caveat. Home renovation cost a bit of money and not all remodelling projects pay off.

How will you know what is the best project to undertake? This is where I can help you.

As your real estate agent, I can give you the best advice on what home improvement projects will pay off for your home. Together, we can decide on the best home updates that will add features buyers love and increase your home’s value.

Years and years of working with buyers taught me what buyers want and I will use that knowledge to help set your home in the best light so that it stands out and impresses buyers.

Best affordable improvements for resale

If you will be moving out and selling the house soon, some general sprucing up and cleaning can do wonders for the house. Minor updates don't cost a lot but can go a long way in making the house look amazing.

Here are some affordable updates you can do.

1. General home repairs. The moment you decided to sell your house in Kingstowne is the moment you should start listing out the basic repairs the house needs.

Most buyers prefer move-in ready homes. They've just spent a lot of money on buying a house, so any possible repair projects may turn them off.

Fix the broken window, replace the leaky faucet, reinforce the kitchen cabinet, do all the minor repairs needed to get your house ready for sale.

2. Paint it. When the necessary repairs have been completed, it is time to paint. Painting is one of the most cost-effective ways to beautify the home and increase its value.

Choose neutral colors to paint your home. As much as you would love to paint your living room that vibrant red, restrain yourself and go for something that is classic and simple. Neutral toned colors are easy on the eyes and it makes the home look more inviting and spacious.


Kingstowne VA Homes for Sale - Learn the best updates that can boost the value of your Kingstowne VA home.

3. Update the light fixtures. An easy way to give the home a new look is to update the light fixtures. Not only does getting new light fixtures add more life to the living space, but it also makes the room appear brighter.

4. Add storage spaces. Most buyers prefer homes with storage spaces. Cramped storage spaces are a major turn off. Adding a closet space in the bedroom or several storage areas in the garage will go a long way in making your home more functional.

5. Update your kitchen. If there is one room in your house you should update, it is the kitchen. Small, cost-effective renovations like replacing an old and worn out countertop or installing new floor tiles will make your kitchen look modern and well-maintained.

6. Upgrade the bathroom. Next to the kitchen, the bathroom is the second room in the house that increases the home’s value when updated. If you have a stained old sink, it is time to get a new one. You can also make the bathroom look new by applying fresh caulk and grout.

7. Add a low maintenance landscape. Create a great first impression and add value to your home by improving your landscape. Landscaping is on the three most effective home improvements that has the biggest returns.

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to boost the value of your Kingstowne home for sale. Minor updates will do a lot for your home without busting the bank.

There are so many more home selling tips I can share with you. So before you start taking out any walls and making home updates, give me call so I can help you decide on the best updates that will increase your home value.

When you need a real estate agent with superior local knowledge, professionalism, and outstanding service to help with all your real estate needs, call me, Amanda Davidson, at 703-431-3755.



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Comment balloon 24 commentsAmanda S. Davidson • November 26 2018 07:37AM


This is good information for home sellers. Thank you for sharing 

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 6 months ago

Excellent tips, Amanda. Home owners need to understand that it's rare to get 100 cents on the dollar back on their investment, but that their home will sell faster and at a higher price if it's in prime condition. And many also confuse maintenance projects (such as a new roof) as an improvement. Again, it helps sell a home at a better price but you don't recoup 100% of the investment.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 6 months ago

Hello Amanda- - -this is a smart, well-presented and informative guide that is quite beneficial to homeowners in Kingstowne and elsewhere too.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 6 months ago

These are great tips to improve value in pretty much any market and it doesn't always have to cost a lot of money!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 6 months ago

Hello Amanda,  Great information to improve the value of your home and make it sell faster.  Have a great day!


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 6 months ago

Great tips, Amada. Now if the homeowners would take this sage advice.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) 6 months ago

Amanda, great tips for homeowners to increase the value of their home.  Some small remodels do the job!  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 6 months ago

Sometimes the improvenents a homeowner makes are to "stay even" with the market...increase the value...oh yes...understand the starting point Mr. & Mrs. Homeowner. Great points !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 6 months ago

It's true, not all home renovations bring more value. We met with a couple who added an attic to their home because some other agent told them it would increase their value...NOT!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 6 months ago

Good morning Amanda.  Excellent advice for anyone contemplating an increased value for their home.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 6 months ago

Hi Amanda,
These are some great tips and I concur with what Nina Hollander said... especially about confusing maintenance as an improvement. 

Upgrading for personal enjoyment is one thing but if a home is being upgraded for the sole purpose of adding value for resale, it gets tricky. 
As you said:
Home renovation cost a bit of money and not all remodelling projects pay off.

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) 6 months ago

Good afternoon Amanada - these are excellent suggestions and going over the home with your agent is a good idea to decide what to do.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 6 months ago

Thank you all for your comments! Consulting with an agent you know and trust is always important when considering making improvements.

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group ) 6 months ago

This is excellent advice to share with prospective home sellers.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 6 months ago

Amanda S. Davidson - Wonderful advice to share with others. It's good information for all home owners too. Maintenance is part of the package deal. Neglect leads to all kinds of trouble and lost equity. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 6 months ago

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI thank you! I agree, I'll never understand why some owners don't maintain their homes. It's often their biggest investment and deserves to be loved and maintenance is a big part of that. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group ) 6 months ago

I totally agree - paint, new light fixtures, repairs, and some select updates can make a huge difference!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, 6 months ago

Kat Palmiotti thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a great weekend.

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group ) 6 months ago

Excellent advice, Amanda. Not all renovations have a good return, but some simple ones can easily be worth the effort. I've read that a new front door returns 110% in value. Who knew?

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) 6 months ago

Hi Amanda

Sellers often need assistance in determining what improvements make the most sense, for adding value and financially. They need to know that dollar for dollar some improvements make more sense, and not all are a good return when selling. Great job on outlining some important matters for sellers to consider and how you can help them.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 6 months ago

Mike Cooper wow that's impressive for a front door. I didn't realize it was that high of an ROI!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group ) 6 months ago

Jeff Dowler, CRS I find this is an area a lot of sellers need assistance with and I'm always honored when a past client calls to inquire about what improvements are best for resale down the road. You're right, not all of them are a good return.

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group ) 6 months ago

Amanda this is great advice not just in your market but anywhere, hope Sellers are reading and taking your advice, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 5 months ago

Endre Barath, Jr. thank you! It's been busy for this time of year, I'm interested to see what spring brings. Hope you're having a great week. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group ) 5 months ago