Curb Appeal Matters

We’ve already discussed that first impressions are everything, but first impressions don’t start upon entering a home.  88% of home-buyers initiate their search online and of those 63% will drive past a property they like.  What do they see? The home’s exterior includes the front door, hand railings and stairs, condition of the façade, landscaping, garage, and the parkways and sidewalks.  Consequently, maintaining the exterior impacts the potential number of viewers a listed home receives. Look at your home objectively and decide what you would like to see as a potential buyer.  A clean and neat appearance can subliminally convey to buyers that the home is well-maintained. We know it’s a challenge with children to put bicycles or toys away, but doing these small tasks and picking up debris, make for a more pleasing entry.  Additionally, you may find issues you have previously not paid attention to-  cracking paint, dirty…

Staging Your Home For A Quick Sale!

Buyers need to imagine living in your space so it’s vital to take the following steps:

1. Remove All Clutter
A clean home suggests it’s been well maintained. In other words, clothes a strewn and an abundance of knick-knacks only detract from the space itself. Too many photographs can also distract potential buyers or worse, prevent from envisioning themselves in the property. Pictures may humanize homeowners but then the home “belongs” to someone else. The solution: start removing!

Vintage Restoration

Historic charm has so much to offer and it’s very difficult- and often expensive- to replicate today. We both live in Pre-War condominium buildings, so we are proponents of embracing vintage characteristics, and love the juxtaposition of using modern furnishings. A favorite element in historic properties is baseboard moldings and ceiling cove moldings. Moldings can help make a space feel more defined, important, and even regal. They offer natural artistic elements to a space that can replace actual artwork or act as a frame for art. Moldings range from the very ornate to simple floor or ceiling borders. Our client, who just purchased a Lincoln Park vintage greystone that was stripped of its original features, are doing a painstaking remodeling to restore the home with classic detailing and finishes. Another common attribute of older homes is intricate woodwork. It’s common for vintage properties to have wood inlay decorative floors, gorgeously…

Dramatic Foyers

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”

When you walk into any home for the first time, you want the audience to react to the beauty of the space. This is particularly relevant when staging your home for resale, but also just for your own enjoyment.