• "I have bought and sold 6 other properties and working with Bette and Betsy was by far the best sale/buy. Personally they are delightful to work with." -Heather C.
  • "We enjoyed the experience of two professional agents who worked together to accomplish our mission." -Katie and Clark O.
  • "Betsy certainly goes above and beyond. Wouldn't use anyone else."  -Julia and Dan L.
  • "We were in the process of moving out of state and Bette and Betsy took care of everything for us regarding the closing. We didn't worry-they are so trustworthy." -Barbara and Ted K.
  • "Bette and Betsy are great in every way." - Shelley Y.
  • "I have made 6 corporate moves and Betsy is hands down the best realtor I have worked with. She worked tirelessly to ensure I was paying a fair price and getting a quality property." Tricia B.
  • "Bette and Betsy are easy to get in touch with and fast moving." -David M.
  • "Awesome. No drama. Helpful every step of the way. Very professional and gave honest opinions." Elizabeth and Richard H.
  • "Very professional. Incredibly knowledgable. We had worked with many Realtors and none of them compared to Bette and Betsy. They are fabulous. I would recommend them to everyone." -Jessica J.
  • "Working with Bette and Betsy put me totally at ease because I was totally confident in them."  -Evan S.
  • "Betsy has a strong set of ethics and was excellent in providing her professional opinion at all the right moments. We love our home!" -Lauren G.
  • "This is a true team-both are strong realtors in their own right." -Lauren G.
  • "Love the home warranty and help with subcontractors." -Sherwood T.
  • "They really know the business and what they are doing. They came highly recommended-they exceeded our expectations." -Barbara and Ted K.
  • "The transaction went incredibly smoothly and I knew where I stood throughout the process." -Wendy R.
  • "Bette and Betsy were very professional and made themselves available to me at the hours that worked best for me and through whichever form of communication I chose." -Wendy R.
  • "Service above and beyond my expectations-highly recommend. Customized level of service to the needs of their clients. Excellent communication and very professional." -Gwen A.
  • "Betsy's expertise in Old Town was invaluable.  It was very apparent why she and her mom have such a fantastic reputation."  -Tricia B.
  • "First class.  Betsy worked with us for a long time, so we got to know her well.  Her knowledge and professionalism were outstanding."  Julia and Dan L.
  • "Bette and Betsy represent you not only in making a smart howeowner decision but also in the negotiating process-your agents really are on your side."  -Meleah and Mark B.
  • "Bette and Betsy were both very personable and professional.  They were perceptive to my needs and wants and were also very knowledgable for a first time home buyer." Evan S.
  • "Both Bette and Betsy were awesome to work with.  Their knowledge and expertise in the field of real estate went a long way.  We'll definitely work with them again." S. Goodman & J. Luckett
  • "Betsy worked very hard dealing with our very difficult buyer. The transaction would have fallen apart if not for her persistence." Carol H and David T.
  • "Very efficient and professional.  They know what to do and I had a contract in 6 days!" -Penny S. 
  • "Betsy was wonderful to work with. Very professional." -Coleen M.
  • "Betsy rocks!" James B.

Betsy Gorman
(703) 861-4825
betsy@gormangroup.net

Bette Gorman
(703) 585-2235
bette@gormangroup.net

Long & Foster
400 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 683-0400 - Phone
(703) 763-5750 - Fax

Clean and DeClutter

Before embarking on any major house repairs, first give your home a deep clean and declutter.  Think about what the first thing you would do if you were selling your car.  Answer:  get it detailed.  The same holds true for your house.  Declutter first, donating or throwing away items you no longer need.  Ideally, most horizontal surfaces will be bare or have minimal items on them (general rule of thumb is half of what you have now).  Organize closets and donate or discard unused items.  It is good preparation for moving and will help show off storage options in your home. Don’t forget the basement, attic and garage.  Once you have decluttered, it’s time for a good cleaning.  Bring in backup if you need to.  This is important.

HGTV has some wonderful tips on its website (and pictures too!) for getting your home market ready

Don’t forget the windows – Clean all of your windows inside and out (we recommend hiring a professional).  You want to let in as much sunshine as possible. Repair or replace any ripped, damaged or missing screens.

Eliminate all odors – If you have a pet, replace the litter box and make sure you clean it regularly.  Take the trash out daily.  If you smoke in your house, STOP immediately and contact us for tips to remove smoke odors.  Air fresheners simply mask odors. It is best to get rid of them permanently.