Successful Transformation and Sale: 31 Raposa Vista
In January 2017, we sold 31 Raposa Vista in Novato. It sold for the highest price per square foot ever in the neighborhood ($601.50).
We listed the house at $699,000 and the house sold for $705,000.
This was such a great success story. The house had been a rental property for years. It was in mostly original cosmetic condition. When we first met with the sellers, they were debating whether to sell the house as-is or put some work into it.
In our market, many buyers want homes that are updated and move-in ready. They pay the most for remodeled homes. Kitchen and bathrooms are especially important. The sellers decided they wanted to maximize their profit, so they undertook the job of updating the home's finishes.
KITCHEN BEFORE & AFTER
Before, the kitchen had old cabinets and appliances. The flooring was dated too.
After, the kitchen is light and bright thanks to new cabinets, counter tops, appliances, backsplash and flooring. We advised the sellers to go with the most up-to-date look for 2017, which is white Shaker style cabinets, stainless appliances and black, white and gray accents.
KITCHEN BEFORE & AFTER #2
This stunning new kitchen helped sell the house for top dollar. The buyers now get to enjoy a brand new kitchen. And, because we are in an appreciating market, their home's value is likely to increase going forward.
LIVING ROOM BEFORE & AFTER
Before, the house needed new paint and de-cluttering.
After, the rooms are cheerful and fresh. We chose a light gray for the walls with white for all woodwork. The home was cleared of all furnishings before the remodel. We then staged the home with our inventory of furniture and accessories. This is a service we provide at no extra cost to our sellers. Staged homes sell for significantly more money, on average. Learn more about our staging here.
BATHROOM BEFORE & AFTER
Before, the vanity and tile flooring were scuffed and tired.
We advised the sellers to install a new vanity and mirror, and new tile flooring. (The tile isn't seen in the photo, but it's a white hex pattern). To save money, the bathtub and tile surround were cleaned but stayed in place.
The sellers installed new lighting and smoothed the wall texture before painting a light gray.
BACK YARD BEFORE & AFTER
Lots of furniture and other items made the space feel crowded.
Adding new plants and wood chips and paring way down on furniture made a huge difference in the way the yard looks.
FRONT YARD BEFORE & AFTER
Before, there wasn't much character in the front yard beyond the grand redwood tree. Upping the curb appeal is always a priortity when you sell your home.
A nicely defined yard is appealing. The sellers added bender board to define a large area for plants and mulch. They also added river rocks on both sides of the driveway. The home's exterior got a fresh coat of paint.
If you want to know what projects will improve your home's value - and provide the greatest return on your investment - please call us today! Kevin and Erin McGinnis at 415-725-1911