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Houzz Tour: A Modern Loft Rises in a Onetime Bakery

Industrial style gets a rustic, personal edge in a historic Chicago building, thanks to lots of wood and meaningful collections Full Story
     Comment   June 24, 2014
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Wow! This is what a loft should look like. The charm and the character all kept and updated beautifully.
May 5, 2014 at 8:37am     
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Fix It or Not? What to Ask When Prepping Your Home for Sale

Learn how to decide whether a repair is worth making before you put your house on the market Full Story
     Comment   June 24, 2014
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When I sold my home, I had several friends come over to look at the house and give me advice on what stuck out as needing repair or care. I was amazed by how many of them said that my front door was dirty. I opened that door several times a day and never noticed it. They also noticed that my blinds didn't open right, my kitchen cabinet doors didn't close all the way, and my carpet needed to be stretched and secured. I would never have noticed these things. It just goes to show that when someone walks through your home they see all the little things that you have grown used to or that happened gradually and went unnoticed. I was so grateful to them for taking a few minutes to walk through my home and be honest with me. I did the repairs and my home sold quickly. Sometimes it's the little things that keep a home from selling. If a potential buyer sees very many small things they will assume that there are many more.
May 5, 2014 at 12:42pm     
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Honestly, clean is important but it depends on what market you are in. A cheap kitchen remodel is actually a turn off if I am going to rip it out and start again anyway I don't really want to pay you for new cheap appliances and a new countertop on 20 year old cabinets it seems like a waste and it is very obvious despite what the realtors tell you.
May 5, 2014 at 3:05pm     
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Wonderful advice. My story is a bit different and I hope will not be considered too far off topic, but will offer some another option.

The market is quite soft in our area, and we are wanting to move to a lake house year round. Our current home is a 1902 craftsman cottage style that we have lovingly restored. Because we won't get what we need for it in this buyers market, we have opted to rent it furnished to an international home swat organization. The basement has been a one bedrm executive suite that we have rented out since moving in 15 years ago and pays the mortgage. By renting out the main living area, this will more than cover the mortgage on our current lake house. So, if selling becomes an issue in a buyers market, maybe you can get skirt this, by delaying the sale.
May 6, 2014 at 11:04am     
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Having recently sold my house, I do have some tips that worked for me. I made necessary repairs without going overboard. Although my kitchen needed remodeling, I left it as is but we painted where needed and the house was sparkly clean. Now to solve the biggest was my house going to stand out on the internet when I was one of 167 similar houses for sale with just a very small picture of the front of my house. My living room was very pretty and appealing. My broker called it the "money shot." I asked that instead of the front of my house being the lead photo that we put the money shot in its place. He said it wasn't done that way. The photos should go in order as if you were entering through the front door. I asked if we could try it anyway. Well, it worked. I had so much more traffic and sold the house soon afterwards. So my suggestion would be to feature the room, yard, landscaping, etc., that you think will sell your house and sets it apart from other homes in your neighborhood. I had so much competition but I think the photo of my living room is what sold my house.
May 6, 2014 at 5:27pm     
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