We’re back at our mid-century home in Fullerton and putting the final touches on some modern updates we think will help this house fetch the best price once we go to market.
After the tenants vacated, we went to work on the front of the house. We gave the interior walls a coat of fresh paint and painted the red brick fireplace white, we removed drop florescent lighting in the kitchen and installed recessed lighting, and we removed all window coverings and a host of other fixtures and fittings. We also installed new carpet in the three bedrooms.
The property’s exterior was repainted after extensive wood repairs. We refreshed the landscaping using a mid-century design theme. We also installed a super cool new, retro front door.
All told we came in right on our budget of $15,000. We plan to list for $849,800.
We’re checking in again to see how our diamond in the rough cleaned up. This home has had the same owner since 1955 and was heavily smoked in. Years of wear and tear meant the home needed a deep cleaning and a few choice improvements.
We had a total budget of $5,500 to work with and immediately got to work by removing exterior window awnings, power washing the exterior and repainting porch railing and the front door.
Inside, we took up dark red carpeting to expose the original hardwood floors. While we didn’t have the budget to refinish them, the carpets had protected them, and they appeared in sound condition. We also coated the interior walls with fresh paint and performed a thorough cleaning of the windows.
The entire redux process took 10 days, and we managed to stay within our budget. In the end, we sold the home for $115,000 more than the trustee was about to sell the home to a neighbor for.
We listed the home and procured 11 offers in 5 days on the market. The home sold for $11,000 over asking price, and the buyer purchased it entirely as-is for $540,500. For a $5,500 initial investment this seller got a return of over $100,000 net.
At Bobbett and Associates we advise homeowners on strategic improvements to increase their home’s listing price and net gains on the home sale.
We make a home 'move-in' ready for new buyers, and over time, the new owners can make the big improvements, such as remodeling the kitchen and bathrooms.
Our latest project has good bones but has been heavily smoked in so will need a deep cleaning and some updates such as interior paint and the removal of exterior window awnings. The property was last sold in 1955 to its original owner.
We have a total budget of $5,500 to revitalize this charming home into a bright, light and welcoming property that will entice offers. We believe with a bit of TLC, this will become a perfect place for a new owner to customize with her or her own touches and improvements.
Will we be able to restore this diamond in the rough into the gem of its former glory? We certainly think so but check back next week to see the outcome!
At Bobbett and Associates, we make a home 'move-in' ready for new buyers. Over time, the new owners can make the big improvements, such as remodeling the kitchen and bathrooms. We advise on strategic improvements to increase a home’s listing price and the net gains of the home owner.
Our latest Realtor Redux project is a charming Spanish inspired-style home that was built in 1926. Located on a hillside parcel in Fullerton, it has a tree house feel from inside the home and sits elevated above street level.
The interior of this 3-bedroom / 1.75-bathroom home in the Golden Hills neighborhood has been lovingly preserved with its Batchelder tile fireplace, hardwood floors and curved ceiling details.
The exterior is where we chose to focus most of our attention. Chipped and peeling paint and a sparse and tired landscape that consisted of many empty dirt patches were holding this home back from reaching its full potential with homebuyers. In addition, our home inspection revealed the exterior needed termite and other wood repairs.
We encouraged the seller to invest in exterior improvements to enhance curb appeal, as the home offered great street presence and architectural integrity but lacked recent improvements. We felt the lack of exterior improvements would prohibit the seller from obtaining her desired sales price.
Will our efforts to rehab this character-rich house in one of Fullerton’s most sought-after neighborhoods pay off with a higher sale price for our home owner? We’ll post the after photos and an update to our story in the next couple weeks. Stay tuned!
At Bobbett & Associates, we look for ways to enhance our clients' homes before putting them on the market. We make very strategic improvements that will bring the best results (aka, best price) for the least amount of investment on the part of our clients.
Our motto is: We make a home 'move-in' ready for new buyers. Over time, the new owners can make the big improvements, such as remodeling the kitchen and bathrooms.
Our latest home project belongs to a 93-year-old woman moving to assisted living after living in the home for more than 55 years. Her son is assisting with the sale and contacted us to help them make a few upgrades and updates before putting the property on the market.
After estate sale was completed and all personal items were removed from the property we began a three-week renovation of the property that included: interior paint; removal of popcorn ceilings; new flooring throughout, including carpet in the master bedroom and family room additions, and the refinishing of the original wood floors in the remainder of the home.
We could have made many improvement suggestions, but this property is located on a busy street. We considered this factor when advising on home improvements because we didn’t want the owner’s son to spend his money needlessly. Sometimes less is more, as the saying goes.
Various handyman repairs were also made, including changing out the yellowed and cracked kitchen ceiling light covers, among other things. All told the seller invested less than $15,000. We are now listing the home this week at $699,800.
Stay tuned for updated photos and as well as an update on the sale!