Tag: Resale Ready

5 Renovations That Offer the Biggest Return

March 30, 2015

A question I receive often is asking for ideas on how to improve their home’s value. Whether you are remodeling to bring your home up to date or plan on selling, here are a few interesting facts from an article I read and thought you might find useful:

1) A new front door. (Return on investment: 96.6%) Refresh your entryway and impress potential buyers with a new front door. If your current front door is in good condition, consider painting or staining to make it look as good as new.

blue front door


2) A wooden deck addition. ( Return on on investment: 87.4%) Improve the indoor/outdoor versatility of your home by adding a wooden deck.

back deck


3) An attic bedroom. (Return of investment: 84.3%) Bedrooms are a versatile addition to a home. They can serve as a bedroom, a guest room or a home office. An attic bedroom makes use of this often underutilized space and adds value to the home.

attic bedroom


I found so many photos of beautiful attic bedrooms! I did not know so many people creatively used the space- genius!

4) A new garage door. (Return of investment: 83.7%) If your garage doors are old or dated, replacing them will add value to your home. If they’re still in good shape, paint them to enhance the look of your home.

garage doors


5. A minor kitchen remodel. (Return on investment: 82.7%) The kitchen is one of the most popular renovations that homeowners tackle. A minor remodel can update the space and entice potential buyers.



While you may not be able to do anything about your home’s location or age, there are things that you can do to improve its size and condition and add value!

Source U.S. News and World Report

Agree or Disagree?

September 11, 2013

This home was listed on the market today in my area:


Do you think this home is ready for an Open House? Remember, buyers will look at this picture of your home and make a quick first impression. Here are a few quick suggestions I would offer:

*   Take down all the shelving and everything on them.

*   Take down the window treatments.

*  Get rid of all the stuffed animals and the pillows (including the dog pillow).

*   It looks like the blue couch is not in the best shape, and my suggestion would be to remove it from the room.

*   I would also suggest to try a console table in that area, with a large mirror and lamp.

Do you Agree or Disagree?

Resale-Ready® Services

January 27, 2013



There is no secret or magic wand quick-fix to get your home ready to put on the market to sell. But there is a way I think  that makes the most sense if you hire an outside service to help you .

Lovely Vignette


This way is called Resale-Ready® which is a registered trademark of the IRN. How and why is Resale-Ready® different? The major difference is that the appointment is done in one day using your own furnishings. Which means no extra expense renting staging furniture for empty rooms:


Another significant distinction is that a Resale Ready consultation is done at the very beginning of the selling process when you decide to put your home on the market. Especially before all of your listing photos are taken! First impressions are so important!



Since pictures are worth a thousand words, here are a few examples that suggest what I am referring to:

This home below is a photo of a home listed online for sale:

These photos are online representing the home to potential buyers!

Look at the photo below. No one is going to want to come and see your home when all they can see is the not so pretty bedding in the picture. I am not trying to be mean, just honest to help you sell your home.

I understand your taste may be different than mine, but it is my job as a professional to help you sell your home. It is nothing personal.

In the photo below, you are not doing any justice to a pretty corner of the room. My suggestions to help you make the room look it’s best, would be to take down the window treatments or whatever that is in the left window. The walls are a soft pretty color, so why would you hang dark and heavy artwork in the room? White or pastel colored frames would look so much better.  Please get rid of the stuffed animals and please fix up the bedding at bottom of the bed:

This is the goal of a Resale-Ready®professional. To use what you already have and make it better. It also will guarantee a quick Open House and best of all, get your home ready for the listing photos that the realtors will be using to represent your home.

As you know, you need an extra edge today when you are ready to sell your home. An IRN certified professional can help you get your home ready and sold!

Doesn’t that make sense?

If you need help getting your home ready for sale, contact me today.

Top Ten List of Outdated Decor Still Found in Homes Today

August 5, 2010

Would you consider these items outdated or vintage?

 Number Ten:            Outdated window treatments.

Bed, Bath and Beyond

I really do not want to hurt any one’s feelings, I am just trying to help!  Really!                   

Number 9:            Paint colors no longer in fashion.

                                            House Beautiful 1966

I do not know which is worse, the dreadful faux gold paint on the cabinets or the fake fruit in the bowl.  I remember my mom having that fake fruit on the counter.

Number Eight:                Big brass chandeliers.

Brass 27

I offered advice here on how to update your brass lighting.  Do it.

Number Seven:               Avocado Appliances.

If you hold out a little longer, they will probably be back in style.  Did you hear people are getting tired of the stainless steel look?

Number Six-    Paneled Walls.  The gentleman is extra on me.


Number Five:              Old fashioned wallpaper.

                                               House Beautiful 1968

Number Four:             Dated bathroom light fixtures.

These were not the worst light fixtures in a bathroom I have seen.  Believe me.

Number Three:        Fake looking plastic flowers.

Oh, don’t even get me started!  This one really bugs me.  Do people seriously think others will be fooled into thinking they are real?

Number Two:         Peeling linoleum floors!

And the Number One  outdated decor item we can still find in a home today:    

Crochet Lace Doilies - 12 Inch RoundCrocheted Doilies!

Please do yourself a favor and get rid of them. If they are sentimental- keep them in a drawer where you can see them but no one else can.

So there is my top ten list of out of vogue items.  I might have to start another list because what about macrame plant hangers?  Obsolete ashtrays?

I would not consider any of  these items vintage.  They are just ‘out’ in the design world today.

If you need advice and encouragement to help you update your home, call me 401-765-7999 or email for more information [email protected].