“Remove the Word Resale from my Vocabulary”

That is what the Houzz.com article stated. The decorator side of me agrees, but the Realtor side is a little more hesitant. I can’t tell you how many times I have walked into a house, and be astounded by the things people do to their homes.121125oklahomacityok2.jpgth-1.jpg

While this is the extreme, if you love it and plan on being there for the long term 10+ years then sponge paint away.  If however, you are like most of us and have no idea where life is going to take you, there are certain decisions that do need to be influenced by resale value.  We all know that, after location, the Kitchen and Master are what sell a house. If you are planning to remodel either of these and may be selling within the next 10 years, resale is important.  These are expensive remodels and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve shown a house to a client with a brand new kitchen and the buyers hate it.  For most of us, it’s hard to justify tearing out a brand new kitchen because it’s not your taste. Plus, the cost of that new kitchen is usually reflected in the price.

My advice, if it’s just a coat of paint, go for it! paint it whatever wacky color you like, as long as you are willing to repaint it before you sell. If it’s anything more, call a decorator.  In the long run, they will make you lots of money at sale time.  Most buyers do not want to live through a remodel and will pay big bucks to have it all done, as long as it is done well and correctly.  There is a reason house flippers make money.

I have had sellers tell me, “In this market I don’t need to do anything, my house will sell” Isn’t that the thought of most FSBO properties. They are right, it will sell, but not for as much money as it could with just a little pizzaz.  When I am listing a home I go through and tell sellers, as your house sits now, it will sell for X but if you do these few things we can sell it for Y.  Y is always higher and usually will cover all of the selling costs and sometimes more.  A well appointed home will sell faster and for more money than your average house.  Logically, it does not make sense, the furniture and fixings are not part of the sale. But when people walk in, they get that feeling, you can see it in their faces and they are hooked!

Day 7 of the 10 Day Challenge

Here we are 7 days in and I’ve only accomplished the first challenge! Look at all of the stuff I’ve cleared out. The pile to the right is donation and the one on the left is garbage, and I thought the garbage would all fit into a plastic grocery bag.  Yes, it has taken me much longer than the allotted 1 day, but after the very first day I could feel my mind clearing out, having room to breathe and an overall much calmer feeling.

The next challenge is to stop stuff from coming in.  You’ll remember a week ago I said that I was going to stop unnecessary shopping. It’s been a full week and I have kept my resolution.  The other step is to stop junk mail from coming in, according to this article, you can go to DMAchoice.org and opt out of junk mail.  This is something I really need to get a hold of.  We have several companies that send both my husband and I copies of their catalogs, they must know that I don’t like to share. I went through my email and unsubscribed to many “junk” mailers.  I do this every New Year. After all the  consumerism of the holidays, it just starts to feel yucky.  It really starts with Halloween, buy all that candy (we get over 1,000 trick-or-treaters, so its a LOT of candy) then decorate the house, then right into Thanksgiving and all that food.  Then the big season starts. By New Years Day, I’m done!  According to this article, you can go to DMAchoice.org and opt out of junk mail.  Do you have any rituals, (not resolutions) that you do at the start of each year to prepare for the upcoming year?

Next is clearing out and organizing the kitchen.  It may be a few more days before I have any time to report on my progress.

 

I WAS FEATURED ON HOUZZ!

This is just so exciting!!  I woke up this morning with an email from Houzz that said one of my design pictures was featured in a story!! Click through the story, mine is the 8th picture!  I AM SOOO EXCITED!  Thank you Becky Harris of the HOUZZ team!

Not Going to Happen

Two days ago I started the 10 day cleaning challenge I found on Houzz.com, the first day you are supposed to grab a garbage bag and go through your house to throw things away and the second day go back through with a new garbage bag and collect items for donation.

Day 1 – I grab my little garbage bag, because I am not a hoarder and don’t have trash laying around, or so I thought.  Not 30 minutes into this little challenge when I realized, “we’re going to need a bigger bag.”  3 HOURS later and I was still upstairs and had not even begun to tackle my own closet.  However, I did have empty space again!!

Look At All This Space!

Last weekend my husband spent two days cleaning out his garage, then he left town.  He is going to be pissed off when he get’s home!  His garage is quickly filling up with my garbage and donations!  Once the veterans pick up the donations he will be just a thrilled as I am. In the meantime, I better keep a low profile.

This really does feel amazing, it makes me smile every time I see my neat and organized shelves and all the room to breathe.  But, 10 DAYS! who are they kidding, it’s going to take me 10 days just to do the first days challenge.

Off I go…today is my home office, say your prayers for me, it’s going to be a long day.

 

 

Let’s Clear the Clutter

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My goal this year is to clean up my act! By that I mean mind, body and soul cleared out and ready for everything life has to give me. In my bones I can feel that 2018 is going to be amazing and I need to be ready to receive all the blessings. Some old Roman once said “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity” so I am preparing.  I cannot be ready for the new until I clear out all the old. Old stuff, Old resentments, Old thinking, Old behaviors.  One of my New Years resolution was to start each day with an intent and to end each day with gratitude. (Can you tell I’ve been streaming Oprah and Maya on YouTube)  Believe it or not, I am proud of myself that we are 1 week into the New Year and I have not yet broken that resolution. This morning I was reading this article on Houzz.com called Get Organized: Take a 10-Day Simplification Challenge.

Starting tomorrow I take the first step

1. Grab a trash bag. “Go through all the rooms in your house and look for trash,” Ley says. “You’ll be surprised at what’s just lying around.” Whether it’s expired coupons, boxes, empty shampoo bottles in the shower, dry-cleaning tags, a dead plant or wastebaskets that need emptying, just making this first step will make you feel better.

You may even decide you’re ready to make a second round with a light look for items you can donate, like books you’re never going to read again. “This will ease you into the process,” Ley says.

Two and a half years ago we moved across town into a much larger home.  When we first moved in we had empty drawers, cabinets and a fairly empty garage.  Now, just a few years later it is filled up.  That is upsetting for me, we certainly didn’t NEED anything else but elbow room when we moved. Firstly, I need to stop bringing things into the house, my goal is to go 2 weeks without bringing anything not absolutely necessary into our home. Second, tomorrow morning I will grab my trash bag and go through the house to see what can be thrown out.  Then I will go back through and collect items for donation, I’ve already called the Veterans and they will be here in 4 days whether I am ready for them or not.  I’ll post pictures of all the cleared away things, I hope its a mountain!

The article also recommended this book A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living  I’m going to read it but from the library or digital, I’m not bringing it into this house!

 

Here’s the Crew

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2 years with no posts! WHAT have we been doing?? Clearly we have not been blogging but we have been expanding!  Jenni Lovings has now been with Massey Real Estate for more than 2 years and Liz Swan has been with us for 6 months.

Liz has had several closings and is doing a great job.  Not only does she sell real estate but she is also a Yoga instructor and has started a newspaper column with The Longmont Compass about Longmonsters , she is so talented and such a creative thinker, it’s inspiring.

Jenni’s Real Estate career is doing amazing, this woman knows everyone and everyone loves her! Everywhere we go together, someone is stopping her to say Hi.  She is perpetually cheerful and it’s easy to see why she is so loved.  Jenni is a huge sports fan, this weekend is the big Bronco’s game, I am sure she is feeling quite anxious but I also know she is smiling.

Last year I was honored to be chosen to represent Gen 3 Homes, a fantastic builder originally from Chicago but has been building here for more than 13 years now.  My family and I moved from Old Town to Prospect this past year and while we miss our buds in OT, we are thrilled with our new home and new community.

We will try to do better in 2016 with a few more posts.

Susan

I Don’t Normally Care for Zillow, but…

Look what one of my clients wrote about me:

Summary of their experience

Susan represented my husband and me in the purchase of a home in Old Town Longmont. She was great to work with and had a lot of inside information about Old Town. She would drive us down the streets pointing out houses that she had been in and knew about more than surface details about homes in that neighborhood. She understood very quickly what we were looking for, our style and had good ideas for renovations, and ideas about costs as well as making good recommendations for local trades for us. Old Town Longmont is an in demand area and she was on top of that, and very available when a home came available that fit our needs. She has a good breadth of knowledge and is very fun to work with~

So right now, I’m LOVING Zillow and Bronwyn too!