Bringing Holiday Cheer That Everyone Will Love

holiday tableDuring the winter holiday season, the stores are overflowing with all kinds of holiday decorations.  When I’m designing a home for sale, I like to add a little taste of the holidays, while keeping in mind that everyone celebrates differently.  Adding some subtle holiday accents will make a property feel more warm and inviting to potential buyers.

Here are a few ways I like to add the holiday spirit: Continue reading

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Savvy Advice For Selling A House With Pets

Family and petIf you’re an animal lover like I am, then you know how big a part of our lives our pets can be.  Recently, the press reported that Paris Hilton is looking for an apartment that she will only consider if the building is pet friendly and the apartment has enough space for her seven dogs!  Now you might not be trying to sell a house with seven dogs, but just one pet can present a challenge when you’re trying to sell a house to buyers who are less than understanding.

When I’ve had clients who have pets, I give them the following advice: Continue reading

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How To Stage An Outdoor Space For Ultimate Impact

Staged Outdoor SpaceOften times when you see a house for sale, the tendency is to focus on the inside.  If you live in the suburbs, the outdoor space can be a huge part of whether buyers will even want to see the inside.  In New York City, if you have an outdoor space, it is definitely a highly valued asset not to be overlooked…no matter how small or large it might be.

In the Spring, Summer, and Fall season, you can’t afford to overlook the outdoor space.

There are a few key things I like to keep in mind when I redesign a terrace or a backyard, regardless if I’m starting from scratch or adding to existing furnishings. Continue reading

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Three Overlooked Home Updates That Will Make You More Money at Closing

Worker with toolsI love walking into a new project and finding small ways to help homeowners make more money when they sell.  There are several some times less obvious home updates that you can make, and here I’ll share my top three.  You don’t necessarily have to break the bank to make these changes, and the returns can more than pay off, with a faster sale, and a higher selling price.

1.  Get rid of those old, worn out switch plate covers.  Switch plate covers are those typically overlooked things that cover all of your electrical outlets and switches, which means they show up in every room.  As buyers walk through, old covers make the house feel a little more worn and dated than it really is.  Covers can be replaced very inexpensively and will make a big difference to the overall look and feel of the house.

2.  Swap out outdated light fixtures for a more contemporary style.  The right lighting in a property may seem small, but it’s critical to setting the stage for buyers to fall in love.  I like to update old fixtures that don’t fit the style or period of the home to create a very specific feeling in every space of a property.  For example, a chandelier, even a modest one, can make a bedroom feel like an elegant retreat at the end of a long day.  I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want to come home to a retreat every day.

3.  Replace or Upgrade the kitchen countertops.  We all know the old adage…kitchens and baths sell homes.  Well not just any kitchen or bath.  For many people, the kitchen is where they will spend the most time with family and friends.  This means that an ugly, uninviting kitchen won’t do anything to get you a faster sale, and make you more money.  Even in an inexpensive home with old laminate countertops, simply upgrading the laminate to one of the more contemporary styles, like granite or marble, can make a world of difference to the feel of the kitchen.  I’ve done this in smaller projects, with great results…translation…a fast sale, at top dollar!

The next time you are selling a property, go through this quick check list.  I guarantee buyers will be more impressed and you’ll get more offers.

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