Wednesday, May 31, 2017 / by Nicole Solari
You would be hard pressed to find anyone with more of an inclination toward DIY home staging than me. In fact, I can think of no better way to present a property for sale. There is evidence to suggest that a properly staged home can sell for more money and in a shorter period.
The only question is: Are you doing it right?
It’s relatively easy to find advice on how to become a better home stager, but sometimes the most effectively staged homes are founded on the things you didn’t do. Remember, it’s just as important to appeal to prospective buyers, as it is not to scare them away. The trick is to eliminate the mistakes so that the highlights shine even brighter. In other words, sometimes it isn’t about what you have done that resonates the most with potential buyers, but rather what you refrain from doing.
There is a right and a wrong way to stage a home. Instead of focusing on what you should do, I want to take a minute and shed some ...
Friday, February 10, 2017 / by Nicole Solari
The 2017 Cost vs. Value report by Remodeling magazine documents the national and regional costs and ROI (return on investment) for 29 popular home improvement projects.
Overall, these 29 improvements paid back 64.3 cents on the dollar in resale value.
What that says to the homeowner is that spending money to sell a home requires research.
The goal of improvements from a seller’s standpoint is to attract buyers and achieve top dollar on a listing. But finding the balance between updates and return isn’t that simple.
In a seller’s market, spending (significant amounts of) money on improvements for resale may not translate to added value. As the tide turns to a buyer’s market in the next year or so, agents will need to carefully track ROI numbers to advise sellers.
Those surveyed about the return on remodeling projects were licensed agents, so Remodeling Editor-in-Chief Craig Webb says the r ...
Monday, January 30, 2017 / by Nicole Solari
Wondering how to choose a countertop for your kitchen? With so much to pick from, it can be challenging - especially with changing trends and so many options that are at similar price points. This pro and con list should help.
Quartz is the most popular choice in countertops today because of its easy maintenance and seemingly unending array of looks, from sleek and modern to options that mimic the appearance of exotic stone and classic marble.
Pros: It won't stain, so go ahead and drink that red wine. Let your kids have at it with the markers and paint. Go crazy and chop those veggies right on the surface since it's pretty hard to scratch. Quartz also requires no sealing, unlike granite and other countertop materials.
Cons: High-end quartz can be pricier than real stone like granite, and while it's much easier to care for, it's not indestructible. Hot pots should still be placed on a trivet to avoid burning the surface.
While granite has been repla ...