Reviewing some of the quality upgrading Tom did at the Stewart house:
Category Archive: ‘Repairs/Improvements’
Tom Tarrant has done some incredible remodels over the years – here is a visual collection of a few of his projects:
Here’s the video tour of his Bay Park remodel:
Sellers should do more to their properties today to get them sold.
Even those who were nicely updated with the golden Tuscan look or cherrywood floors and cabinets just a few years ago look dated today. Modern photography doesn’t hide it, and in some cases can make it look worse.
Do you remodel the whole joint?
Nobody wants to go too far, but there are modest improvements you can make to help the cause:
- New flooring and paint.
- New pulls and handles on cabinets.
- New towels and towel racks.
- New lighting – especially the LEDs.
- New sod and landscaping.
Here are a couple of extreme examples but for anyone selling a house that is more than ten years old, your trees are probably overgrown and more of a distraction. The clean, crisp neutral look goes for the exteriors too:
Do you have those high ceilings over the living area, and wonder about turning it into usable space? We’ve done three of them over the years, and I got the camera rolling for this one:
Sellers need to do more updating and improving to get their home sold these days, but you don’t want to go crazy. Here are a few quick ideas from Bob Vila:
10 Kitchen Updates You Can Do in a Day
You don’t have to live with your ugly cabinets one minute longer!
There are plenty of ways to give them a quick refresh without having to purchase replacements. Make a large-scale change by painting your units a bright color, or go for a mix-and-match effect by applying a few coats only to the top cabinets. Consider removing a door or two to create trendy open shelving, or use chalkboard paint on the doors or expanses of wall for a dose of cottage charm.Link to Full Article
This is probably the baseline for regular houses in Carlsbad for the next few months – this just closed for $700,000 cash:
A key point here is that the local neighborhood experts gave them no chance of selling for the price they wanted, even after making improvements.
It sold for full price, on the first day:
Many thanks to our clients for doing this!
For those who are looking for new flooring and don’t mind traveling to the 15 corridor, this new store is just a couple of miles east of Carmel Valley. They have plenty of other extras too – here’s a tour:
Hat tip to Eddie89 for finding this article on remodeling:
It was a crumbling Parkdale rooming house, populated by drug users and squatters and available on the cheap. We were cash-strapped, desperate to move and hemmed in by a hot market. Five years, three contractors and $1.1 million later, our home renovation nightmare is finally over.
We realize that our story could’ve ended up much differently. We’ve learned a harsh lesson: there’s no way to shortcut a reno; they cost a lot, period. If we had just listened to the advice of realtors, architects, designers, tradespeople and many friends, we would have avoided considerable stress and, well, $100,000 in debt. We were the victims of a shoddy contractor and bad luck, but also of our own colossal ignorance and hubris.
Anyone thinking of doing their own home renovations should read full story:
We check permits on every house: