With a pre-reno value estimated at $440K & a $15K renovation budget (from the contractor’s estimate), my client pulled the trigger on a kitchen renovation that included some minor edits to 2 other areas of her home and invested in inexpensive staging items (pillows, rugs & artwork). Along the way, I documented the renovation with a Pinterest board and on Facebook.
The work included: granite counter tops, removing the drop ceiling & fluorescent lights, replacing a leaky kitchen window, swapping an old trash compactor for a beverage fridge, a new oven/microwave combo, a new smooth glass cooktop, a brick backsplash, painting the kitchen & bar cabinets, refinishing the butcher block island, a reclaimed brick backsplash, adding recessed lights with dimmers to the kitchen, living room & bar area, 2 larger island pendants, adding cabinet hardware to all the kitchen, bar & hallway cabinets and cleaning the usual “honey-do” list that most homes have. We did manage to stay on budget, though the 2-week completion time we were promised actually turned out to be 8 weeks.
On Memorial Day weekend, we listed her 2400SF home for $490K. Within about 3 days, we had with multiple cash offers and settled on a sale price of $480K. Escrow closed in 26 days. My poor client, a business road warrior, did not anticipate the house would sell so quickly. She barely had time to find a temporary rental to move into prior to COE, but it all worked out and she got it done. She was a very happy camper!