Charlottesville Area Real Estate Blog

5 Easy Improvements To Add Value Before Selling

When selling a home, the goal is to make it look ready to move into. A place that prospective buyers can imagine themselves living their day to day lives. This is the real key, painting a pretty picture for the buyer of what their life could be like if they were in the home. 

Although there is no specific calculation that can spit out the answer, dressing things up, presenting the best version of a home, and getting people to fall-in-love will create competition and drive up the price. Here's some tips and advice on preparing a home for sale to maximize return and get the highest possible price.


If a home hasn't been painted in a while, or otherwise looks dull and beat up, paint will make it shine better than most other things you can do. It's like washing a car before you sell it. You could only do this one thing...

January Market Report

There were a lot of homes listed this month compared to Dec (77% increase). The majority of that increase is actually condos and townhomes. Homes overall are sitting longer on the market, theres fewer sales, and fewer buyers. The market has absolutely slowed down. This time last year we had 157 homes active on the market. Today we have 260. Of those 260 though, only 133 are detached homes. This is only an increase of 3 homes compared to January 2022. The condo and townhome inventory jumped from 14 to 77!

Unfortunately, buyers still feel like they can’t find the home they want. Partially because there’s more new construction homes making up the added inventory, and those neighborhoods are just not for everyone…partially just their location. Another part is there just simply aren’t a lot of nice...