While perhaps not as relevant as they used to be, open houses are still a useful tool in getting your home sold, provided you do it the right way.
Heather Echevarria of Innovative Custom Homes specializes in completely remodeling older homes. We’ll tour two of her properties today.
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Today, I’m exploring two great custom homes by Heather Echevarria with Innovative Custom Homes.
This first property is still in phase one. Heather and her team have gone through and demolished all of the interior walls. As you can see in the video, this home has a very open floor plan right now.
Phase two begins once they get the construction permits. At that point, they will rebuild this home and add a second story and attached garage. The home has also been rearranged with a new backyard. Instead of facing 36th Street, the front of the home now opens up to a side street. That is much safer for the future owners, as they won’t have to back out into a busy street anymore.
Check out the video for a more in-depth look at this home.
When we visited the second property on 21st Street, the home was still in phase two, aka the drywall phase. This house started out as a 1930s, single-level home with a detached garage. Heather and her team took the home down to the studs, got rid of all the lead-based paint, and added brand-new siding, as well as a brand-new second story. They even refinished the basement.
Once this house was completed, it ended up at just over 3,100 square feet. The new second story includes three bedrooms, a laundry room, and a bathroom. The master suite is on the main level, along with a guest suite or home office. The kitchen and living room have also been completely redone. At the end of the day, this home has six potential bedrooms, as the home theater in the basement can change into a child’s play area or bedroom.
A project like this usually takes around six to seven months. Phase one usually takes about two months to demo the property, and phase two usually takes around four months.
Heather has been remodeling homes since 1999. For awhile they moved into new construction, but Innovative Custom Homes has come back to its roots with these remodels.
The 21st Street property now features beautiful landscaping, lighting, and a cool firepit in the backyard. The house sits on 0.25 acres, which allows plenty of room for RV parking. The new floors are recycled PVC flooring, which comes with a lifetime warranty. The kitchen has beautiful white quartz countertops and chrome fixtures, and the basement has amazing new carpeting.
Heather is very proud of this project. The 21st Street property is listed at just under $700,000. You can learn more about the listing here.
Meanwhile, be on the lookout for that first home that used to be on 36th Street.
Heather and her team truly do a fantastic job on these properties. If you would like to learn more about Innovative Custom Homes, check out their website.
As always, if you have any real estate questions, just give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!
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“Get rid of the trash to make room for the treasures. Let the things that are important take center stage.” —Peter Walsh
Everyone nowadays is talking about Minimalism. I think it is a great idea, to live with less and help save the environment and our wallets. But, we have all been living in a world where more is better and we have the closets and clutter to prove it. Below are 7 steps to help you jump start your decluttering so you can be on your way to your minimalist heaven.
1. Start easy with a clean sweep. Rather than attempting to declutter your home room-by-room, try going in “waves” instead. Grab a box and walk around your home room-by-room. Fill your box with anything you find that you no longer need. No hard decisions, just noticeable impact. Once completed, try a second wave. Be advised, it does get more difficult each time.
2. Find motivation with built-in deadlines. When we first began the process of minimizing our possessions, I did a lot of the work right after I came home from work and lost my motivation. I have to leave the at 6:30 to make it to my yoga class so that gave me just over an hour to get as much done as possible. I also found some extra motivation the night before garbage pick-up.
3. Donate more. If you don’t need the money, you can declutter your home much quicker by deciding just to donate everything. Selling items can slow down the process and add extra trouble to your efforts. If quick impact is more important to you, dropping a few boxes off at Goodwill is far more efficient.
4. Recruit some help. Contrary to what you may think, you don’t need to do all the work yourself. In fact, if you have a family, you’ve got extra help built right in. You might not be able to convince them to declutter an entire room with you all-day on Saturday, but you can surely find some creative opportunities for them to help. For example, ask everyone in your family to find four things from their room that can be donated. Try again in a few days. The work adds up quickly with 3+ people involved.
5. Temporary storage. It is easy to get hung up on hard-to-remove items. These vary from person-to-person, but common examples include sentimental items, books, kitchen gadgets, or toys. To keep from getting slowed down by these things, try an middle step of packing a box, labeling it with a date, and storing it out of sight in a spare bedroom or garage. It will be easier emotionally. Six months later, revisit the box. You will be surprised how much easier it is to part with these items after not seeing them for six months.
6. Tell a friend and invite them over. Telling others about your decision to declutter/minimize is an important step. Sharing your desire brings accountability and forces you to articulate why you made the decision. To add extra urgency to your decluttering progress, invite your friend over for dinner or coffee. Give yourself a few days to prepare the house before their arrival. Trust me… you’ll find motivation real quick.
7. Don’t confuse intent with action. With all things in life, it is important to not confuse a desire to change with actual change. Thinking about decluttering or talking about decluttering won’t result in any positive benefits. These benefits can only be experienced when the excess clutter has been removed. Remind yourself today that talking about change is not the same as implementing change. And take one small step in the right direction because of it.
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In the comments below let us know if you have any other helpful tips and which of these tips worked the best for you.