Category Archives: Home Remodeling

HOME IMPROVEMENTS THAT MATTER MOST TO MILLENNIAL BUYERS

Millennials, who make up the largest share of homebuyers, are looking for “move-in condition” properties and therefore want to avoid the expense of significant repairs, based on the latest National Association of Realtors study. The bottom line for today’s sellers is to look through the lens of selective buyers and invest in updates that will be most appealing to them. Our list below features the top modest home improvements to get your home noticed and boost its perceived value in a competitive market.

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Enhance Curb Appeal

Make the best first impression for buyers even before they step foot in the door by investing in the exterior of the property by sprucing up curb appeal:

  • Remodeling magazine’s 2020 Cost vs. Value Report lists replacing siding, garage doors, entry doors and windows as the upgrades with the greatest return on investment.
  • Refresh landscaping by trimming bushes, weeding, eliminating dead shrubs/trees and manicuring the lawn.
  • Power wash and make any necessary repairs to siding, windows, walkways and steps.
  • Enhance the entry with a fresh coat of on-trend paint color for the front door and update or clean all outdoor light fixtures. Finish with a colorful welcome mat, fresh wreath, potted plants, and seasonal potted plants.

Refresh the Heart of The Home

The 2020 Cost vs. Value Report also lists minor kitchen remodels as a top investment for resale. Our top kitchen upgrades for an instant boost include:

  • Introduce modern lighting options with fixtures in different materials (metals, woods, rattan) and geometric shapes.
  • Swap out dated faucets and cabinet hardware for more contemporary, full-functioning styles in trending finishes such as matte black, brushed brass, or polished nickel.
  • Rather than completely replacing dark, dated and worn cabinets, simply repaint them in a bright white or soft gray hue to brighten and enlarge the space.
  • Replace or refinish damaged or dull hardwood floors to make the room shine.

Give the Bathroom a Boost

Potential buyers evaluate bathrooms both functionally and visually — the colors, the style, the layout, the amenities and the fixtures. 

  • Start by fixing leaky faucets and showerheads, worn caulking, broken toilet, chipped tile.
  • Replace outdated lighting in modern designs and finishes to instantly set the mood and add sophisticated style. Pair with matching hardware and faucets to complete the look.
  • Change out damaged and dated countertops with marble or quartz and/or paint darker colored vanities with an on-trend neutral or soft color (the robin egg blue pictured above is a perfect example).
  • Be sure the wall and/or tile color is soft and soothing to give the room a spa-like appeal.

Revive the Dining Room

Buyers want to envision where they can entertain guests so be sure to present it as spacious, inviting and elegant.

  • The best way to make the space feel larger and enhance the room’s features is by covering dark walls with neutral paint. It will also pair well with bright white crown molding and/or wainscoting, an added touch of elegance.
  • Replace traditional chandeliers with chic, contemporary fixtures to set a more sophisticated tone.
  • Spruce up your dining room table with a stylish table setting to help buyers envision their own dinners here.

Create a Master Bedroom Retreat

Make the master bedroom feel like a cozy getaway with these simple changes:

  • Remove and/or replace heavy draperies with simple, sheer white curtains or shades that allows for a little privacy while letting in natural light.
  • Install stylish ceiling and bedside table lighting.
  • Deep clean soiled carpeting to restore plushness or add a neutral, textured area rug to hardwood floors.
  • Layer fluffy, white bedding with accent pillows and soft throws in different colors and patterns.

When all the above updates are complete, don’t forget to hire a professional home stager to add inviting, modern furnishings and accents to help buyers emotionally connect every step of the way!

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JUMPSTART YOUR HOME PREP THIS WINTER FOR A SUCCESSFUL SPRING SALE

With a little advance planning and prep during the winter season, you can reduce home selling stress in the spring. Here’s our go-to list of what sellers should be doing now to ensure for a successful sale next spring.

1. Assess Your Home’s Condition – Inside & Out
Take a step back and look at your property through the lens of your buyer to determine what needs the most attention for move-in ready appeal.

2. First Impressions Go A Long Way
Tackle exterior repairs and maintain seasonal landscaping – such as cleaning gutters, raking lawn, trimming shrubs and shoveling driveways/walkways.


3. Remove Distractions & Get Organized

Remove the clutter – personal items, collectibles and excessive furniture that distract from the room’s key features. 


4. Make it Fresh & Bright
Update anything that feels dark and dated with a neutral palette such as walls, cabinets, trim, window treatments and carpeting.

5. Create the “Wow Factor”
After all the repairs and updates are complete, consider hiring a professional stager who can add the final aesthetic touches that will engage prospective  buyers both online and in person.

Click link below for our full article featured in Coldwell Banker’s Blue Matter Blog:
How To Prepare Your Home This Winter For a Successful Spring Sale

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Common Myths about Hiring an Interior Decorator

Why are people sometimes hesitant about hiring decorators? In a world where “surprise” remodeling shows on television dominate the visibility of interior decorating, it’s understandable that a few misconceptions about interior decorators have formed. But in reality, whether you’re moving into a new home or updating the house you’ve lived in for the past 20 years, hiring a decorator has many advantages from saving time and money to eliminating unnecessary stress.

The following is a list of common misconceptions about working with a decorator.

Myth: Interior decorators are too expensive.

This is one of the most common assumptions people have about interior decorators– and it keeps many from seeking out the help of a designer in the first place.

Truth: Decorating doesn’t have to break the bank.

Our decorators are committed to finding and creating options that maximize our clients’ resources, style, and budget. As one of our decorating clients, Abbi, stated, “PJ & Company knew I was on a tight budget but was open and very creative at working with me to find things that met my taste and fit into my budget.”

In the long run, hiring a designer can be more budget-friendly than taking on the project yourself. An expert can help you avoid costly mistakes and can suggest design options that will ultimately increase your home’s value for when it comes time to sell.

Myth: The decorator’s style differs from my own, so the design won’t reflect my taste.

People often equate hiring an interior decorator with the loss of creative control. In fact, it’s just the opposite.

Truth: The design process is collaborative.

Instead of infusing his or her own style into a client’s space, a decorator listens to what the client wants and then transforms that vision into a design that is cohesive, forward-thinking, and functional for the client.

We believe communication is essential, which is why we make sure to establish a partnership with our clients every step of the way. The most important part of the process is understanding our clients’ needs, lifestyle, and budget so we can provide them with a decor that they will love.

Myth: I don’t need an interior decorator because I can do everything myself.

While this is an option, there are benefits to hiring an interior decorator.

Truth: Interior decorators can make the decorating process cheaper and stress-free.

A professional can maximize your budget and schedule by utilizing resources only available to interior decorators. For example, our designers have access to showrooms not open to the public and receive discounts that can then be passed on to the client. Our company provides access to reliable vendors and contractors, and manages the project from design to construction so that the decor update or renovation can be a stress-free process for our clients.

While there are many misconceptions surrounding designers, their skills and expertise debunk the myths. At PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating, we pride ourselves on making the decorating process pleasant and easy for our clients. Whether it’s a consultation to select the right paint color or fabric for a room, complete decorating renovations, kitchen and bath cabinet and countertop selections, choosing the best coordinating backsplash, lighting, flooring, or furniture and accessory selections/arrangements, we collaborate with you to fulfill your personal goals and make you happy every step of the way.

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A Thank You Gift For Our 12th Anniversary

To celebrate our 12th Anniversary we are offering $50 off a home decorating consultation with one of our designers. No matter what your style, schedule or budget, we can help refresh any space in your home for the new year.

Contact us to schedule and mention “The Style Report” through January 31, 2018.

 

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