Selling Grandma's house, #2

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Selling Grandma's house is often difficult, even when selling to another grandma.Dream Home Stager Training, Fresno, CA

 

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:

  1. Decades old floral and plaid furnishings and window coverings.#1
  2. Outdated kitchens and baths with oak cabinets, brass fixtures and vinyl flooring.
  3. Outdated light fixtures.
  4. Carpeting in need of replacement.
  5. Wallpapered and paneled walls.
  6. Rooms cluttered with years of collectibles and memorabilia.
  7. 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Outdated kitchens and baths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? 

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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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Shari, thank you.  Do you see homes with these issues is the Seattle area? 

Apr 04, 2011 06:11 AM #5
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Hi Ginger ~ The kitchen and bath cabinets look so much better with a darker stain and added hardware -- amazing what an update can do to make a home more buyer-friendly.  We work with all budgets and often provide cost-effective ways to update without breaking the bank.  (thanks for the link to my post, too!)

Apr 04, 2011 06:17 AM #6
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Li Read
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Very nice work, indeed, and a "real case scenario"...low budget and narrow channel of change open to you.   Well done!

Apr 04, 2011 06:21 AM #7
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Maureen, thank you.  Your painted kitchen cabinet posts got so many comments that's it's time consuming to follow the link but I really wanted some locals to see your results that are SO-O dramatic.  I keep trying to gently get across the notion that all wood is not good wood today. 

Li, thanks again for commenting on my posts and for the compliments.   

Apr 04, 2011 06:27 AM #8
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Ginger- you've outdone yourself again.  I think the aspect of updating can be daunting to a lot of homeowners but you've shown ways to get it done at relatively little expense.

Apr 04, 2011 06:31 AM #9
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Thanks Kathy,  I kind of disliked putting up photos with all of that wallpaper but I will address that later in series #6.  It seems to me that the notion of sweat equity has pretty much disappeared today.  That's too bad because, not doing the work is a big waste of potential dollars. 

Apr 04, 2011 06:36 AM #10
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Sharon Tara
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Is it more work to stain dated cabinets, rather than paint?  I would assume that the original finish would have to be sanded more aggressively for the stain to take. 

Apr 04, 2011 08:48 AM #11
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Getting rid of those plate glass/builder "special" mirrors in bathrooms is a HUGH improvment and then a framed mirror looks so "custom"!  VERY nice collages for Before & After!!

Apr 04, 2011 09:49 AM #12
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Sharon, IMExperience staining IS more labor intensive, especially the technique that this homeowner chose, but he REFUSES to paint anything that is wood.  The stain will probably hold up better but it was a lengthy process!  Thanks for asking. 

Kathy, don't you just love buying bargain mirrors and ridding bathroom of those plate glass monsters.  I have framed many plate glass mirrors but any more try to use off-the shelf mirrors instead.  Love that Picnik and thank you. 

Apr 04, 2011 12:53 PM #13
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Loved the first in this series and this one too!  It's so nice to see great work that makes a huge difference but doesn't cost a huge amount of money!  Nicely done

Apr 04, 2011 03:40 PM #14
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Thanks again Judi.  I planning on several more in this series so please stay tuned. 

Apr 04, 2011 04:29 PM #15
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Janet Jones
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Ginger--I'm delighted with this series.  Love the updated baths--just framing the mirrors and losing the dated lighting made a huge difference. I marvel that the seller wanted to stain the cabinets vs. painting them, but great that he did and they look fantastic. 

Apr 04, 2011 07:29 PM #16
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Kathy Nielsen
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These are great examples, Ginger. What I like most about this post is that you give examples of low-cost solutions along with pictures.

Kathy

Apr 05, 2011 03:22 AM #17
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Janet, thank you.  Doing a series keeps me motivated.  Those mirrors in the baths are actually purchased mirrors from HomeGoods for under $99 each.  The original plate glass ones were in bad condition so I found these (and more) and the owner was happy with the results. 

Thank you Kathy,  I will attempt to do that for the remainder in the series. 

Apr 05, 2011 05:06 AM #18
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Janice Ankrett
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Another great post Ginger. Your photos are great examples of how a minimal investment and some sweat equity can make a big difference.

Apr 05, 2011 12:45 PM #19
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Thank you Janice.  I have a difficult time with people who refuse to under how much money they are wasting when things are done right for THIS DAY AND AGE.  It's almost like they're saying, yeah I know I'm living in 2011 but I don't have to like it".  What's up with that? 

Apr 05, 2011 02:48 PM #20
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Michelle Finnamore
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HI Ginger, this is another great example of how busy we are going to be as stagers over the next decade as more and more people reach the age when they sell the family homestead. Excellent choices you have made, the buyers will really appreciate the change in lighting in the bathroom.

Apr 07, 2011 12:48 AM #22
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Valerie, thank you for your kind comments.  I love transforming grandma's homes and most of them are wowed at how little changes can have a huge impact. 

Michelle, in my small community it's about 90% of all homes and the attitude is that since they've lived there quite comfortably their heirs can deal with changes.  That's fine I guess, but I bet their heirs will grumble and resist changes too.  I'm so happy that my mom continues to make upgrades to her home!!  Thanks for commenting.

 

Apr 07, 2011 05:08 AM #23
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Randeen Orner
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updating or adding hardware can make an impact on the visual apperance

May 10, 2011 05:31 AM #24
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Randeen, that's right and frequently recommended on my consultations! 

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