Renovation Resource: The importance of pictures!

CIMG4601When it comes to home improvements, we often assume someone else can envision what we envision. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

When doing a remodeling project, find pictures of what you like! A couple reasons why…

1) Helps you know what you want: Pictures help you refine your vision. After cutting out or pinning several pictures, you will see patterns emerge of what you like.

2) Helps your contractor build what you want: Contractors can do most anything you want. If you have a picture to show them, you almost guarantee you’ll like the end result.

Where to find pictures? You can cut them out of catalogs and home magazines and create a collage. Or sites like Houzz and Pinterest allow you to save/pin pictures you like electronically.

The internet is an incredible resource. Use Google images to search paint colors, products, styles. Similarly, you can search any term on Houzz and usually find a bunch of examples.

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How’s the Market? Washington DC June 2014

032The DC housing market’s somewhat late surge this year continued on into June.

Closed and new pending sales were up this June relative to last. Inventory also continued to improve. The median sales price, however, dropped slightly this June relative to last – the first year over year decrease since January 2012. [Source: Real Estate Business Intelligence] Full recap.

DC buyers – your options are improving and interest rates are still historically low!

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Renovation Resource: How do I select a contractor?

CIMG28891. Get referrals: The best way to find a contractor is usually by referral. Ask friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, your real estate agent, and lender. If that doesn’t yield enough names, check Houzz, Angie’s List, and Yelp.

2. Start calling: Call several until you are able to secure a few appointments. Don’t panic if they don’t call you back immediately. Contractors are on their feet or in the car most of their days – so sometimes can’t easily return calls the same day.

3. Have a plan: The key to getting comparable clear estimates is to have a plan for what you want to do. Type it up and print it out to share with each contractor. Or use my renovation consultant services to help you figure out what you want and to put together a plan for you!

4. Questions to ask: Make a list of the questions you want to be sure to ask each contractor. Some topics important to include: approximate start and end dates, architect/permit requirements, licensing, insurance, lead certification, communication style, and how overages are handled.

5. Price isn’t everything: Be wary of bids that are much higher or lower than others. Check these to be sure something extra isn’t being added or something important forgotten. If a reason is not clear, you could risk paying too much or selecting someone who doesn’t do a great job.

6. Pick someone you can work with: Most projects are tense, emotional, and have some problems. Pick someone with whom you can go through these ups and downs.

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The Power of a Front Door: June 2014

April 2014Tip of the month: There are many creative ways to put flowers near your front door!

Note the pretty hanging baskets in this picture. You can also do pots. Or simply plant flowers near the door. Remember to do shade plants if your front door area is covered.

My suggestion with front door flowers is keep it simple. One or two pots can be plenty – and easier to do and maintain. And don’t get caught up in symmetry. One pot on one side of the door looks great!

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How’s the Market? Washington DC May 2014

032The DC market picked up pace in May. Buyer activity increased with closed and new pending sales up slightly this May over last. Inventory also continued to improve, with increases in active and new listings, but still remains historically low. (Source: Real Estate Business Intelligence).

Full recap.

Interest rates also remain relatively steady and historically low making it a great time to buy!

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SOLD! Brightwood

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Renovation Resource: What should I do before I move in?

Living Room (2)I believe one of the best ways to build equity in real estate is to buy a house that needs a little work. But what to do first? Where to start? What if the budget is tight?

These are the priorities I recommend:

1. Floors: If you don’t do the floors before you move in, you probably won’t do them. It’s also more labor intensive and expensive to do them once furniture is in the property. So focus on your floors – refinish wood, replace old vinyl/ceramic, and install new carpeting.

2. Paint: Like floors, it’s easiest and most cost effective to do before you move in. I do not recommend painting yourself. It’s time and labor intensive and you can hurt your resale with an average paint job (and most people do an average paint job). Be sure to have all trim, walls, ceilings, and closets painted.

3. Kitchen/Baths: Get these livable, but spend as little as possible if you plan a bigger remodel down the road. Paint and flooring go a long way, as do new countertops, vanities, and light fixtures.

4. Basic Furniture: This may seem counter-intuitive, but I do think it’s worth investing in a few nice pieces of furniture early on. I think a good couch is worth every penny and you get what you pay for with couches, so go for quality! I also think a dining room table and chairs is important. Craigslist can be a great resource if your budget is tight.

Obviously, any important system (electrical, plumbing, HVAC, etc.) or foundation work identified in an inspection or otherwise should be first priority!

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How’s the Market? Washington DC April 2014

032Buyer activity did not rebound as much as anticipated this spring, after a slower winter. Inventory continues to improve, but is still historically low, and so median prices are at their highest point for April on record. Source: Real Estate Business Intelligence. Full recap.

My experience and what I am hearing from colleagues reflects this. There are a lot of buyers in DC, but not enough inventory. As a result, we’re seeing fewer sales and rising prices.

Buyers, you need a savvy agent to help you succeed in this market. I work with clients to identify great properties, write the strongest possible offer, and get a home that meets their needs. Potential sellers, well-priced and well-prepared homes do very well in this market. I know how to help you price and prepare to maximize your value.

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SOLD! Logan Circle

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