This house in Alpharetta was in basically good shape. It had been built 24 years ago by the owner and she was ready to move to a smaller retirement condominium. The house had gotten to be too much for her to clean and manage. That meant Trusted Transitions was perfect for the job – the house did not need remodeling so much as it needed refreshing!
We cleaned the interior and exterior; painted both interior and exterior and updated the colors throughout. Deep cleaning brought out the elegant Italian light fixtures throughout and we updated the light switches to Décor style. We got rid of wallpaper and replaced it with updated paint colors. We replaced all the kitchen appliances with high end Bosch ones. However, we did not change out the carpets or counters or backsplash in the kitchen and we didn’t replace the cultured marble countertops in the bathrooms or the bathroom hardware. Trusted Transitions works with realtors to get you the most impact possible without spending money unnecessarily. Working with the realtor, we determined that whoever bought the house would likely change out these features themselves. As such, if we did it with our counters and features of our choosing, we might alienate and even eliminate some potential buyers.
As stated, the house was in good shape – the counters and plumbing fixtures were all in good working order and did not require replacing. We did replace the carpet in the master bathroom with luxury vinyl tile (instead of ceramic tile) so the potential buyers could see the possibilities, without the client spending a great deal of money.
In this case, the market proved Trusted Transitions to be correct. The day the house was listed, a full price offer came through and the owners (our clients) accepted the offer. (The house is one of the smallest in the subdivision, but it still realized a 15% higher sale price than the overall subdivision).
In the case of this house, the new home owners have already stated that they plan to replace the kitchen counters, the carpets and the bathroom floors, so our plan worked efficiently.
Had we pressed our client to change out counters and backsplash and other features that were simply dated, but not out of date or past their functional utility, there is no guarantee they would have realized any more money than they did on the contract. The same applies to the bathrooms and the carpeting.
Trusted Transitions will work with you to realize the biggest bang for your buck, without overspending!
We removed the wallpaper, added new luxury vinyl tile instead of carpet to show how it could look. We removed all the window covering and added a chair rail. Finally we painted the bathroom to match the rest of the house.
The large master bedroom needed a deep cleaning. Faded and dusty sheer curtains were removed, and the room was painted from top to bottom.se.
The living room carpets were cleaned, all surfaces washed and painted and the curtains removed.
We removed the wallpaper, updated the lighting, did a deep cleaning, painted all the walls and trim to match the rest of the house. Finally we changed out the shower curtain to add a final touch for sales presentation.
The original kitchen cabinets were high quality, solid wood, built on-site and did not replacing. They were degreased, and deep cleaned and new handles/pulls were installed. All new, high end Bosch kitchen appliances were installed, replacing the original 24-year-old, semi-functional appliances.
All new LED recessed lights were installed to brighten the kitchen and Décor light switches and new electrical outlets were added.
The foyer is grand and opens into a sensational dining room with a wedding cake double tray ceiling. However, the Italian lighting fixtures throughout the hallways were dirty and shed little light. Trusted Transitions removed each fixture and then cleaned, by hand, each of the crystals and then reinstalled the lights.
The large family room with a dramatic fireplace and skylights was dingy and uninviting. A fresh coat of paint, clean windows and polished floors brightened up the room.
The guest room was dated in its décor, so the furniture was removed and sold at the estate sale, then the border and drapes were removed and the room was painted to match the rest of the house.
The second guest room was decluttered, cleaned and painted to match the rest of the house.
The dining room was quite attractive with its beige-background flocked wallpaper, but fearing it might not appeal to all buyers, we removed it and painted the room the same color as the rest of the house and added extra drama with the trim colors and the double wedding cake ceiling paint application.