The following blog post is written by Laurel Bledsoe of Laurel Bledsoe Design who I have had the privilege and honor of working with for over 15 years. Together we have renovated, staged, updated and improved many homes throughout the Louisville Metro area to either get them ready for sale, or simply to add enjoyment and value for the homeowner. In this post she shows how an outdated house with good solid bones can simply and economically be updated, and why homes like these should not be overlooked for purchase consideration. Of course, a great designer like Laurel is a must for a project like this. She provides a cohesive plan and workable timeline all within a given budget so that you get the most bang for your buck. She also makes the case why good design always sells houses, and how simple economical updates can go a long way in appealing to the broadest market possible and getting your home sold quickly.
Good Interior Design Always Sells
Remember when our mothers used to ask us if we were living in a barn? Well, mother, we know some pretty savvy Realtors who would gladly sell us a well designed barn any day.
In Real Estate Curb Appeal Matters
After location, location, location is curb appeal. While both of these factors remain important for the buyer, the online marketing presentation is what is most important to the seller.
Online Real Estate Photos Are The First Impression To A Buyer
With the exception of a newly constructed property, every property being marketed for sale has a history. Sellers of dated houses either see only the good memories they’ve had in the home, or assume the buyer will want to “put their own touch” on the place. Sadly, in more cases than not, there will be no one willing to give the property a chance because everyone wants a little skin with those good bones and they just can’t visualize the possibilities.
Real Estate Agents With A Plan
The agents we work with on a regular basis, both on site and virtually, use our services in two ways. First, as a resource to prepare an evaluation of the property to present to the sellers, and for update recommendations so the property can be marketed to appeal to the largest number of buyers. Secondly, when updating is not an option prior to the sale, we provide a detailed plan showing the potential we see in the property. These plans are not unreachable, off the charts expensive recommendations. They include readily available, reasonably priced options that will give buyers a fresh, relevant slate in which to start personalizing their new home. Remember the photos above? Below is our presentation the agent is using to show buyers what can happen quickly with this wonderfully loved property.
Seeing A Property Through A Designer’s Eyes
When we looked at this property, we saw nothing but a well maintained house on the brink of becoming another cherished home. The inspiration photos above are all attainable in this home. Below are some of our recommendations.
Designed To Sell Recommendations
Included In The Design To Sell Real Estate Package
In addition to the presentation boards the real estate agent shares with both the seller and potential buyers, is a complete listing with resource links of all of the suggested materials. All materials suggested are from local big box and online vendors for quick delivery and to meet budget requirements. For this property, we assisted the agent by compiling bid specifications. One of our shared resources prepared an itemized cost analysis for the project. Laurel Bledsoe Design is always honored to work with these agents dedicated to such levels of client service.