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Wearing a Tux in 3rd Grade??

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My 9-year-old grandson’s 3rd grade class is taking their CTAP test today.  Yesterday his teacher encouraged his class to “dress for success” so to help put them in the right frame of mind for the test.  Great idea, right?   Well, Brennan decided that dressing for success meant wearing a tux!  That’s right, a tuxedo.

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Obviously my daughter had to explain to him that dressing for success when taking the test was a very good idea; dressing in a tuxedo, however, was overdoing it and wouldn’t be appropriate for school.  He ended up wearing a nice button down shirt and sports jacket.


That made me stop and think about dressing our homes for success.  When we prepare our homes for the market we definitely want the house to be dressed for success but some times we can over do it.


Going in and doing a $50,000 kitchen makeover in a $250,000 home or putting in a $20,000 Master Bath or Closet is like wearing a tuxedo for the test.  It is overdressing for the market.  Now, if you originally put that kitchen in because you love to cook, love to entertain and you have thoroughly enjoyed it, great.  But don’t expect your sales price to reflect that $50k.


It’s an extremely good idea, once you decide to put your home on the market, to take a look at your competition to see what you are up against.  Do they have updated flooring?  Are they offering stainless steel appliances?  Is their front and/or back yard professionally landscaped?


Adding a fresh coat of paint to the interior and exterior, updating those ’80 and ’90 something fixtures are musts and great ways to begin to “dress your home for success”.  If your competition is showcasing new appliances and flooring, definitely consider following suit.  If your home is already in great shape and is up-to-date, you’re ahead of the game.  Now, just take a look and see what you can do to ensure your home stands out over your competition.


Your professional home stager in conjunction with your realtor can help you to identify which improvements are best for your home in your particular market.

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Christine Blaski
Cornerstone Real Estate - Frisco, CO
Frisco, Summit County CO Realtor

Nice point Terri! Just because you install a gourmet kitchen in a trailer home doesn't mean it's luxury! The right updates make all the difference. I will certainly suggest to my clients to follow suit of the neighboring properties.

Feb 22, 2012 10:16 AM
Teri Clardy
Colorado Premier Staging, LLC - Littleton, CO
APSD Certified Home Stager Pro

Ha ha, I can just picture the fancy ovens, granite counters, island and hardwoods in a trailer.  Thanks for the comment.

Feb 23, 2012 12:08 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Teri ~ You're so right that smart sellers have to make sure that any improvements they make have a good ROI.  Otherwise it's money down the drain .. but if updates are needed, a professional home stager can advise which ones make the most sense.  Paint is one that always works, and is so cost-effective.

Apr 01, 2012 04:28 AM