How to Sell a Home in Woodbridge VA

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How to Sell a Home in Woodbridge VA 

by Claudia S. Nelson with Keller Williams Realty

CALL 571-446-0002 Home Value Estimator

  If you landed on this website you are interested in finding out How to sell a home in Woodbridge VA and the surrounding area. In this blog you will get lots and lots of great information. Where to start if you are looking to sell a home in Woodbridge VA, let's start with that.

Where to start

Consult with a Real Estate Agent

Claudia S. Nelson with The Claudia S. Nelson Real Estate Team is an award-winning Woodbridge VA Real Estate Agent that has sold many homes in and around the Woodbridge VA area and it would be my pleasure to assisting you with the sale of your home. I will be happy to meet you at your home and provide you with a detailed plan on how to sell your Woodbridge VA home. If you work with me I will give you with some great advice on how to get your home ready for a successful sale. There are a lot of things to consider with selling but one of your most important decision will be to hire and consult the right Real Estate Agent that can guide you with ease through the entire transaction. Call The Claudia S. Nelson Real Estate Team at 571-446-0002 today for assistance.

Prepare your home for a successful sale

Did you know well-placed furniture can open up rooms and make them seem larger than they are? Or that opening drapes and blinds and turning on all lights make a room seem bright and cheery? This is where your Woodbridge VA Real Estate Agent can provide you with a personalized recommendation on what you should do to prepare your home for a successful sale. It’s a fact: acquiring the highest market value and elevating your home above others in the same price range often comes down to first impressions. The blog post has some ideas on how to prepare your home for a successful sale.

Stage your home

During the time your home is on the market, you’ll want to make it look as appealing as possible to potential home buyers. You may think that the only way to accomplish this is to spend thousands of dollars on renovations. The good news is there are plenty of ways to spruce things up without breaking the bank. Check out these wallet-friendly house staging tips. Start with the outside, the curb appeal. Kitchen and Bathrooms sell homes. There is some easy and budget friendly tips on how to make sure your home draws attention and buyers are coming out to see your home.

How to sell a home in Woodbridge VA:

How to sell a house fast and for top dollars

First and foremost you want to hire a local Real Estate Agent that has a proven track record of selling homes quickly and for top dollars. Someone that is familiar with your neighborhood and with the local Real Estate Market. A good real estate agent will help you with the next steps and make sure your home sells fast and for top dollars. I am specializing in Residential Real Estate in and around Woodbridge VA and I have helped many sellers. It all comes down to making sure you have a good Real Estate Agent on your side. The condition and price are key. Your Real Estate Agent can help you with both. You always want to make sure your home is priced right.


When you work with a Realtor®, like me, you will get a personal consultation on what you should do to get your home ready for a successful sale. I will walk through your home and make recommendations. Always keep in mind we can sell a home as is, but for the best outcome generally, some preparation will go a long way. I am not talking about major renovation prior to listing your home for sale, but there are a few things that every seller can do on a budget. When I look at your home I will provide you with tips and tricks to getting your home ready.


It is crucial to price your property at competitive market value. Buyers and sellers determine value. In other words, the value of your property is determined by what a buyer is willing to pay and a seller is willing to accept in TODAY’S market. Buyers make their pricing decision based on comparing your property to other properties SOLD in your area. Historically,  your first offer is usually your best.

Pricing Misconceptions
Your home’s value is NOT determined by the following:



When selling a home what does the inspector look for?

The inspector will look at everything. When I meet with home sellers I normally take a look at the house and give them some tips. Let’s start outside:

  • Are there any cracks in the foundation or walls? If so have them patched prior to listing the home or definitely prior to an inspection.
  • Are there shrubs or trees that are too close to the home? Trim them away from the home, this will also help with curb appeal.
  • Grading. Take a look at your front and backyard and make sure the grade is going away from the home.
  • Be sure the gutters are attached correctly and if there are leaves in them clean prior to home inspection
  • Replace torn screens
  • AC insulation line. Inspector will look for the AC insulation line. If it is torn replace it. The insulation might cost $5.- at Home Depot or Lowes

Inside the home:

  • The home inspector will test all appliances make sure they are in working order
  • For the dishwasher be sure the drain has a high loop
  • Check all windows to making sure they can be open and closed
  • Be sure all smoke detectors are in working order
  • The inspector will check open the electric panel and HVAC, be sure HVAC has been serviced and electric panel doesn’t have any double tapping
  • Change HVAC filter
  • Attic will be checked for enough insulation and for any water stains on the roof. Be sure to have it fixed prior
  • Any water stains anywhere in the home are always a concern. Or any visible repair patches on drywall ceilings.
  • Electrical outlets near water should be GFCI protected (Bathroom and Kitchen) and all electrical outlets need to work properly
  • Check for a loose toilet, leaking pipes and diverters that are not properly working. If a shower tub is running as shower water shouldn’t come out from both
  • All showers and bathtubs should be properly caulked, same with windows and
How to sell a home with Tenants

Selling a home with tenants can be tricky. If your tenants are helpful and they take good care of the home it can be a lot easier.

What stays when I sell my Woodbridge VA Home?

If there is anything you want to take with you, like a chandelier, curtains or something else that is built in remove it prior to listing the home. This way there is no issue later on. Be sure it is removed prior to taking the listing pictures. One of the most asked questions is normally regarding a washer and dryer, especially if a seller just recently purchased a new washer and dryer. They generally do not want to leave the washer and dryer. Again, if the washer and dryer are there while the home is on the market, prospective buyers can see it and are expecting the washer and dryer to convey. If they are not there during showings then there might not be as much of an issue. I have seen more deals fall apart due to buyer and seller getting emotional over a washer and dryer. My recommendation, do not lose a good sale over a washer and dryer.

Okay so let’s examine what will stay:
  • Everything agreed upon in the contract will stay
  • Anything built in will stay unless otherwise agreed upon in the sales contract
  • Light fixtures will stay unless otherwise agreed upon in sales contract
  • All appliances will convey, this is also important for an appraisal
  • Window Treatments, including blinds, curtain rods, and curtains, will convey unless otherwise agreed to in sales contract
  • Washer and dryer unless otherwise agreed to in sales contract
  • Ceiling Fans will convey unless otherwise agreed to in sales contract
  • Built in shelving
  • Alarm System equipment
  • Scrubs & Trees
How Much does it cost to sell my Woodbridge VA Home
Settlement Fees
In the Woodbridge area Settlement fees range anywhere from $200 to $500 depending on settlement company used. Release of Lien(s) If you have a mortgage that means you will need to release the lien or liens. Grantors Tax The grantors taxes are relatively inexpensive. $1.00 per $1000.- of sales price. Congestion Relief Fee This is a relatively new fee and anyone selling in Northern Virgina has to pay this fee. The fee is going to help pay for traffic projects in Northern Virginia. Pest Inspection, Home Warranty,
HOA and or Condo Documents, Repairs, Real Estate Commission In the Woodbridge VA area sales commission vary depending on experience, locations, and company. Closing Cost Assistance. 
You can find the detailed list of how much it cost to sell your Woodbridge VA Home right here.
How to sell a House by owner
It is never advisable to sell a home alone but if you are interested in going it alone here are some helpful tips if you are considering selling your home by owner. 
How to do a short Sale
What is a Short Sale
A short sale is when a homeowner owes more on his or her mortgage than the current market value of the home. The bank will have to approve the difference in the sale price to what the borrower owns.
Where to start if you are considering a Short Sale
    • Hire a Realtor. Call a local Real Estate Agent that is familiar with the area and has successfully closed short sales before. If you hire Claudia S. Nelson,  as your Realtor, to help you through the Short Sale Process, I will have you sign an Authorization Form for myself and the professional negotiator attorney who will assist in the process.
    • Listing Consultation at your home or at my office.
    • Complete Listing Package including the Short Sale package for your lender or lenders if you have more than one mortgage on the property.
    • Claudia will market your home to find a qualified buyer that is willing to patiently wait until we receive short sale approval from your lender(s).
    •  Once an offer is received and accepted by you, we will submit the offer along with the entire short sale package to your lender. The actual short sale approval can take as little as a 2 – 3 weeks or as much as 6 months, depending on your situation and the bank or banks involved.
    • Short Sale Approval & Settlement within 30 – 45 days from receiving the approval.
In a Short Sale transaction, the seller does not have to pay the Realtor commissions or any of the closing cost, the bank will cover all of these costs. The banks might not be covering taxes, past due HOA fees or any outstanding judgments. You should also consult a local CPA or tax attorney to discuss any possible tax implication.
What should a seller bring to closing
  •  A form of identification
  • Keys, bring all your keys to closing unless otherwise arranged with your agent. Be sure to not forget about mailbox key, any storage or attic key you might still have
  • Voided check
After Closing
  • Make sure utility service has been changed out of your name
  • Forward mail to your new address
  • Make sure you mortgage lender has your forwarding address
  • Stop any direct debits for mortgage payment or HOA or anything else
  • Make sure homeowners insurance knows you sold your home.
You should definitely consult with a Real Estate Agent if you are thinking about selling your Woodbridge VA Home. I would be happy to assist you. You can call me at 571-446-0002.

How to Sell a Home in Woodbridge VA 

by Claudia S. Nelson with Keller Williams Realty

CALL 571-446-0002 Home Value Estimator