The smartest realtor I know used to lead with the same question at every listing appointment:
“What is your favorite thing about your home?”
This is a great question because it would allow the best feature of the home – even one that might not have been visible to the realtor – to be highlighted in the listing description and shared with potential buyers. On my side of things, I’m typically called in to fix something that is the homeowner’s least favorite. Whether it’s an entire kitchen, paint job, or an unpleasant repair such as a water penetration issue, I feel fortunate for the opportunity to turn a negative into a positive. It’s amazing the relief that the completion of some of these projects can provide to homeowners. Often, they don’t realize how badly they wanted the work done, or how it was holding their home back.
In my remodel work, most of the focus is on “the pretty” – tile selections, paint colors, accent pieces, fixture finishes – but sometimes we are able to make a lasting and long-term impact for a client without spending an extra cent. This was the case recently in South Sienna as we sought to update and refresh a master bath that was original to the home. It featured builder-grade fixtures and the worst example of “you had one job” I have seen in awhile. To enter or exit the shower, the homeowners had to go through their bedroom due to the orientation of the door. Not a big deal getting into the shower, but stepping into a carpeted bedroom upon exit was another story.
We updated the tub, shower, tile work, vanity, fixtures, toilet, trim, and paint. They upgraded to a slick frameless glass enclosure but the best part – the swing of the new door.
We also added this custom vanity tower which just might become our unofficial calling card.
We also contended with a pony wall from what I will refer to as the “deep south” – in the end, I had to float it and pray that that the granite sill would be level for the glass install.
Stay tuned for their kitchen remodel, coming later this summer.
So, what are you letting go of?
*top photo courtesy of #oddshxts