• "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.
  • "The transaction went incredibly smoothly and I knew where I stood throughout the process." -Wendy R.
  • "Betsy was wonderful to work with. Very professional." -Coleen M.
  • "They really know the business and what they are doing. They came highly recommended-they exceeded our expectations." -Barbara and Ted K.
  • "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
  • "Working with Bette and Betsy put me totally at ease because I was totally confident in them."  -Evan S.
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • "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 rocks!" James B.
  • "Betsy's expertise in Old Town was invaluable.  It was very apparent why she and her mom have such a fantastic reputation."  -Tricia B.
  • "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 are great in every way." - Shelley Y.
  • "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.
  • "Bette and Betsy are easy to get in touch with and fast moving." -David M.
  • "Very efficient and professional.  They know what to do and I had a contract in 6 days!" -Penny S. 
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • "Betsy certainly goes above and beyond. Wouldn't use anyone else."  -Julia and Dan L.
  • "We enjoyed the experience of two professional agents who worked together to accomplish our mission." -Katie and Clark O.
  • "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.
  • "Awesome. No drama. Helpful every step of the way. Very professional and gave honest opinions." Elizabeth and Richard H.
  • "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.
  • "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.

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

Refresh Your Home

Sometimes it makes sense to a do significant renovation prior to putting a house on the market.  Sometimes all a room needs is a bit of refreshing to make it feel modern and new.  Just making small changes in a room can give the room an entirely new feel.

Consider:

  • Removing wallpaper and painting
  • Whitening grout in bathrooms
  • Reglazing (pink, yellow, blue, green) tile a modern white
  • Reglazing a stained/chipped bathtub
  • Replacing faucets/lighting in bathrooms
  • Exchanging dim light bulbs for higher wattage bulbs
  • Replacing cabinet pulls in the kitchen and bathroom

Neutral Colors – Neutral colors have the most appeal to potential buyers. A fresh coat of paint is almost always recommended, especially if your house is painted in a personalized palette. Pick a neutral color that will pop with white trim.

Wall to wall carpet – Do you have hardwood floors hiding under carpet? If so, consider removing the carpet and having the floors refinished. Most buyers prefer hardwood floors to carpet especially in high traffic areas. If you don’t want to remove the carpet and it is stained, consider having it professionally steam-cleaned.  If it is bunched or loose in places, consider having it stretched.  If you replace the carpet, remember neutral colors are best. When replacing carpet, don’t forget a good, thick pad can make world of difference in how luxurious a carpet feels.