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  Swap out outdated light fixtures for a more contemporary style.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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When Painting With Color Is Good For Selling A Staged Home

Soothing Blue Master BedroomWhenever I meet with a client about staging their house for sale, one of the first questions I get is….Should I paint?  Painting is by far the easiest way to make a property feel brand new.  The challenge for most people is that they think that everything has to be painted white or they’re at the opposite end, where they think their red walls look just fine.

Here’s how I decide when painting with color or leaving existing colors (other than white), will help a house sell.

1) Using paint color to highlight architectural details.  Choosing a color other than white, like the pale blue in the picture above, will allow details like crown molding or custom built-ins to stand out as valuable features to potential buyers.  Buyers will pay more for a house with character, so why not show it off.

2) Adding whimsy or playfulness to a children’s room.  Within reason (meaning no neon green), adding color to a room that will be staged as a nursery or young child’s room will make the room feel light and welcoming to would-be-parents or children.  One of my favorite color schemes is soft pastel yellow for the walls with white ceilings and trim.  Buyers expect color in a children’s room, so give it to them.  It makes it easy for them to envision their own children playing there, which translates into more offers for sellers.

3) Make larger rooms feel more warm and inviting.  This is especially true for over sized living rooms and dining rooms, where people tend to spend a lot of time with family and friends.  You don’t have to repaint the whole room, but it could just be one wall which will act as the focal point for the room.  Where people go wrong is they paint the whole room red, or orange, or green….one wall, accent it with furnishings or accessories, and make sure it coordinates with the other colors in the room.

The next time you are selling a house with no color or too many colors, think of these three guides, and you’ll be well on your way to a faster, more profitable sale.

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