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From Drab to Fab: The Stunning Transformation of a Shirlington Condo

The Patterson Group

Who doesn’t love a compelling 'before and after' story? This one-bedroom condo in Shirlington certainly had its own transformation tale to tell. Having served as a rental for nearly a decade, this condo needed a little TLC before it could be embraced by new owners.

Originally, the space felt a bit dim with its bold red walls, which, while making a statement, somewhat limited the room's overall appeal, casting shadows rather than inviting sunlight. A fresh coat of paint was the first step toward brightening the space. Moreover, dated appliances and old lighting diminished its initial appeal, in need of updates. After all, a more move-in ready unit tends to be far more appealing to potential buyers!

The sellers were eager to revamp this unit, ensuring it put its best foot forward. Within only about two weeks, the entire unit received a fresh coat of paint, bidding farewell to the red walls and welcoming a soothing light gray. Out went the old kitchen appliances and countertops, making room for modern replacements that breathed new life into the space. A new light fixture was introduced, instantly illuminating the once dark corners. Coupled with a thorough cleaning and professional staging, the unit transformed into a cozy and inviting space, attracting prospective buyers with its newfound warmth and charm.

The remarkable transformation of this one bedroom condo shows the power of preparation in the real estate market. Small changes, from a fresh coat of paint to updated fixtures, had a huge impact, elevating the property’s appeal and led to selling over-list price with only three days on market. For homeowners looking to sell, investing in these small but impactful changes can significantly enhance the marketability of the property. Want to learn more? Reach out to The Patterson Group for expert guidance on preparing your home for the market. Let’s turn your 'before' into an enticing 'after' and ensure your property stands out on the market.


The Patterson Group is one of the most experienced and trusted real estate teams in the area, serving the community of Alexandria, VA for more than 30 years.

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