Beyond Staging - Helpful Home Prep Tips

It’s always an honor to help our sellers during their life transitions. Whether our clients are moving to take advantage of out-of-state career opportunities, move-up buyers or are downsizing seniors, we are grateful to support and guide our clients and help show and market their lovely homes at their best.

Most sellers need to maximize the sale price because the proceeds of the sale will be necessary for a future home purchase or living expenses, yet few have the funds or time for a complete renovation. Our clients generally expect us to recommend staging and painting, which offer a great return for a relatively low expense.

However, not everyone knows that painting other areas like brick facades and fireplaces, exterior trim and cabinets can also transform and modernize the appearance of a home for a fraction of the cost of fully renovating those areas. These lesser known and relatively easy changes give a renovated look that adds value and can result in a higher sale price. 

One example was our listing in Oakland's Sheffield Village. The home is lovely and spacious with great kitchens and bathrooms and a sweet backyard and the sellers had made some thoughtful upgrades but they hadn't owned the home for long before an out-of-state job opportunity came along.  In order to distinguish their home from the previous time it was listed and add curb appeal, we recommended that the sellers paint the brick facade, fireplace and metal accents around the home's exterior. The results were stunning. After just over a week on the market, three offers came in and the sellers were very pleased with the final price.

Here are the before and after photos:

 Before

Before

 After

After

We also posted this great article on our Instagram about budget remodeling. Many older bathrooms and kitchens can really shine with some inexpensive touches. While minor, these changes can add quite a bit of value, especially for sellers who are hoping to maximize their home’s performance in the market.

We love working with sellers to transform their homes.