As our summer winds down--although you wouldn’t know it by the temperatures every day--our beaches begin to lose a little sand with every low tide and days get a little shorter. Daylight Savings Time will soon become a distant memory (everywhere but here and Arizona). Halloween decorations are popping up on some of the houses in the neighborhood and I know retailers are chomping at the bit to get past Halloween and start right in with Christmas fare. Thanksgiving has long since been relegated to a family gathering and the week you can buy turkeys for .69/lb, but not much more than that.
After a very sluggish September, Real Estate activity seems to have picked up a bit as I’m seeing more “Pending Sales”. While many markets on the mainland are starting to hunker down for the long winter months, we, of course, look forward to our busiest months from December through April.
For those of you, though, who might be inclined to go against the grain and put your home on the market sooner than later, here are five cost-effective improvements the average weekend do-it-yourselfer can tackle that will add value to your home—granted, some easier than others. (ref: RIS Media House calls March 1, 2017)
1. Boost First Impression with Curb Appeal
Of course, pull the weeds and mow the lawn, but how about adding some fresh new blooms in a newly created flower bed framed by some simple bricks? New pavers from the driveway across the lawn to the front door will create a fresh new look. Don’t forget that tired old garage door that’s crying out for a new coat of paint!
2. Re-paint Your Kitchen Cabinets.
The kitchen is clearly a great place to invest your time and a few dollars making easy improvements, and whether it’s kitchen, baths, bedrooms, etc. staging, staging, staging is always a great bang for your buck. Yes, repaint those old wooden kitchen cabinets. Invest in some sleek new hardware for the cabinets. And don’t forget to remove all the clutter from the countertops, pictures, and magnets on the refrigerator, some fresh new kitchen towels, and maybe a new piece of art to hang over the circuit breaker box on the wall.
3. Crown Molding for Along the Ceilings
You may not be able to install crown molding in the entire house over a weekend, focus on the important rooms: kitchen, living room, master bedroom. Keep the color very light—off-white at the most—to draw eyes upward and make the ceilings seem higher than they actually are.
4. Beautify the Bathrooms
Bathrooms sell! Without getting involved in a complete remodel, consider a new fixture over the vanity; clean, new shower curtain; even a new vanity. Paint never hurts, of course, and new fluffy towels displayed in a deco-type fold over your towel rods will help. Accessorize with a new soap dish and toothbrush holder; floor mats, too.
5. Out with the Really Old
Of course, old, tired furniture should be replaced when possible and the clutter removed, but here again new lighting, paint, perhaps a contemporary area rug even just over the old wall-to-wall can help. Move furniture away from the wall when possible; accessorize with throw pillows and new art. Consider taking down the old wood (or worse yet, fake wood) paneling in favor of smooth-walled paint. Shopworn wallpaper or (ugh) grasscloth can be stripped in favor of a nicely painted accent wall. Be creative!
I was recently asked to do a little “staging” with a very minimal budget on a 1BR condo I just listed. Shopping Macy’s Last Chance sale department and Ross, I was able to purchase a chic looking new comforter and bed skirt for the king-sized bed. I added some fresh new art for the wall to replace old family photos, lots of bright and cheery throw pillows for the bed and sofa in the living room, some accessories for table tops and had the sofa and dining chairs steam cleaned all for under $400. Now if I could just find a buyer for the condo…
Perhaps I can find a buyer for some of this month’s Featured Properties, all new to the market (less than 10 days), all with fabulous ocean views and premium locations within their complex, and all vacation rentable with $1,000’s in advance bookings included with the sale:
MLS #380105—Ever since I first visited Maui in 1985, the Mana Kai, Five Palms restaurant, and fabulous location on Keawakapu Beach has been my home away from home. In my opinion, Mana Kai is the best beachfront property in south Maui under $3 million. Minutes to the Shops at Wailea and all the amenities Wailea has to offer. Don’t miss out. $1,550,000!!!4
MLS #380135—The word “iconic” was created to describe Wailea Ekahi, its history in the resort community, beautifully landscaped and maintained grounds, and a favorite as a vacation destination for generations. Many units are sold amongst owners and never even make it to the MLS. Here’s your chance to own a great 2BR/2BA unit. $1,699,000!!!
MLS #380102—Ho’olei has earned its reputation as a superb alternative to the luxury hotels that line the beach in Wailea. With its spacious interiors and 3BR/3.5BA Townhouse design, this 2,426 sq. ft. Plumeria floor plan will satisfy your most demanding expectations. As prices continue to rise, Ho’olei stands fast as one of the better values in the luxury market. $3,390,000!!!
MLS #380101—Wailea Beach Villas, the last beachfront property built in Wailea offers unfettered ocean and outer island views from its high-end Penthouse units. This rare-to-the-market 3BR/3BA 2,180 end unit 4th floor Penthouse features 180+ degree views as far as the eye can see. With access to the shopping and dining options at the fabulous Shops at Wailea just steps away, paradise is at your fingertips. $5,750,000!!!
It has been a long time since I have seen a movie that I cannot stop raving about and will be going back for a second viewing, and I’m likely not the first person you have heard this from. If you only see one movie a year, or one every decade for that matter, go see “A Star is Born”. Here’s easy access to the trailer if you are so inclined.
Mahalo for following my Monthly Newsletter, some of you for many years…so buy something already!
As our summer winds down--although you wouldn’t know it by the temperatures every day--our beaches begin to lose a little sand with every low tide and days get a little shorter. Daylight Savings Time will soon become a distant memory (everywhere but here and Arizona). Halloween decorations are popping up… Continue Reading