As many of you know, I market homes in very unique adult lifestyle communities, Tecumseth Pines and Green Briar/Briar Hill in New Tecumseth. I found this great series of posts written and published by Ginger Foust, an Active Rain Blogger and Home Stager from Oakhurst, California about preparing a home owned (usually for a long time) by a senior citizen or couple.
In this post, Part Two, Ginger discusses kitchens and bathrooms, and possibly outdated cabinets, fixtures and flooring. Updating these can be more costly, but can make a dramatic difference in the overall appeal of a home...
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Selling Grandma's house is often difficult, even when selling to another grandma.
Our Oakhurst and Fresno California staging company is frequently asked to do consultations and stagings at homes owned by seniors in Oakhurst, it's surrounding communities and in Fresno communities.
Here is what we often see:
- Decades old floral and plaid furnishings and window coverings.#1
- Outdated kitchens and baths with oak cabinets, brass fixtures and vinyl flooring.
- Outdated light fixtures.
- Carpeting in need of replacement.
- Wallpapered and paneled walls.
- Rooms cluttered with years of collectibles and memorabilia.
- Family photos everywhere.
This blog post is #2 of a series addressing each of the above with photo examples and solutions. Most of these issues can be addressed with low-cost, creative thinking and a simple consultation with us to help seller's move forward in the sales process and increase their chances in many that sale faster and for money return on this major investment.
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Outdated kitchens and baths
Do these baths look familiar?
Oak cabinets seem to be EVERYWHERE and the difficult thing is that they say to sellers...my kitchen and bath are OLD! Unfortunately, there are builders still putting up low-grade oak cabinets in their new builds here and they can get away with it because the process of making cabinet selections for the uneducated is difficult and pricey.
There are many solutions to this problems from staining, refacing, replacing and painting. By far, the least expensive and the least labor intensive is painting. If you would like to see examples of the differences that can be made with painted oak cabinets, look at these:
This first example was a result of a consultation from my staging colleague and friend Maureen Bray, Room Solutions, Portland, Oregon :http://activerain.com/blogsview/2206898/home-staging-tip-dated-oak-cabinets-update-them-with-paint-
Here's another great example from Professional Home Stager and friend Kathy Burke, Sensational Home Staging, Danville, California: http://activerain.com/blogsview/1548093/removing-80-s-oak-one-house-at-a-time-
Here are a few photos of kitchens and baths which our company has helped update.
The owner of the home above and below refused to paint wood cabinets, so I convinced him to at least go with a darker stain and add some cabinet hardware (jewelry)
I know that the fluorescent lighting in both places should also be replaced but this work was being done for a rental property, so the owner had a limited budget. At least the frames are no longer a shiny brass.
Start with a great consultation, add some sweat equity, updated lighting, mirrors and hardware, plus some great staging and the results will make a big difference in the appeal of a space to potential buyers (and renters).
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Dream Interior Redesign and Staging by Ginger Foust is a full service, licensed and insured CSP ® Professional Home Stager and Interior ReDesign/Decorating and consulting company.
Locally serving the California foothill and mountain communities of: Oakhurst, North Fork, Bass Lake, Coarsegold, Ahwahnee, Wawona and Mariposa. Also serving areas of: Fresno, Clovis and Madera, California.
We provide Virtual and Conceptual Staging Worldwide and we will very soon be offering Professional Stager Training in California, Nevada, Idaho and Hawaii, as part of the International CSP ® training program, Certified Staging Professionals.
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Chris Smith CSSBB
Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage