Guys, this has been such a great week. I’m making some moves that are getting me closer to being able to remodel my house and maybe, just maybe do a flip!!! But before I get into that, let’s do a FFF, shall we?
Maple is in a neighborhood I’ve had my eyes on since the bubble burst (aka 2008) and I’ve watched it explode. I’m really surprised this house is listed so low. I think it’s due to its proximity to a really busy street and 580. As you know I often refer to highway 580 and tell you whether a house is above or below it since that often makes a significant difference on a house’s value.
Maple is above 580 and while there isn’t a lot within walking distance, you can quickly get to major public transportation, shopping, and other hipster trappings.
A young, childless couple. Maple is too small for a family with even one small child, and I suspect it’s even too small for an older couple looking to downsize. Older couples usually want room for visiting kids and their kids’ family.
It’s not beyond the realm that a single person would buy this home but I doubt it since the neighborhood is pretty residential and consists mostly of families. I know some single people would appreciate these things but I think it’d be the exception.
One of the Maple bedrooms is staged as a kid’s room. I think this supports my position that the buyers will likely be a childless couple. The sellers are trying to attract a couple who want kids but don’t have them yet. The staging will let them imagine that they can grow their family in this house.
How They Did IMHO?
Generally, this flip was fine. There are a few elements that aren’t my aesthetic, but I appreciate the resourcefulness they showed in others. So overall, thumbs up.
They completely reconfigured the stairs to the front door and added planters. I think it was a really smart move.
Removing the security door was also a good move. Though as I sit here sweating at 9 p.m. and there being no sign that this heat wave is going to let up tonight, I wish I had a security door like in the before so we could leave the front door open all night. Would that be a good enough reason to install one on my house during the remodel?
Living & Dining Room: before
The staging they did in the before was interesting…what did they think these 2 chairs and weird little angled rug were going to tell prospective buyers? No serious, what the hell is this supposed to be?
Living & Dining Room: after
I really love the update here because really all they did was paint and stage it better, and the room looks completely transformed.
What I should have asked was: how many plants is too many and how many is just right? 6 and 1 are the answers as proven by this house from the before and after pictures.
Bathroom #1: after
Bathroom #2: before
Bathroom #2: after
Bonus Room: before
Bonus room: after
The after space is great but I have no clue how they changed it. #useless
Well that’s all for Maple. What’d you think? I can’t wait to see how much it sells for because this house’s price point is in my wheelhouse. Speaking of my wheelhouse, (am I the only one that thinks that sounds dirty?) I began the process of refinancing our house and these crazy bankers are willing to give me enough money so that I can could do a flip and my remodel. I’m really nervous about this because if the flip doesn’t go well, then I’ll be in major debt for nothing…*gulp*
Someone recently told me that if you never do anything that scares you sh*tless, then you’re not living. Well, I’m scared sh*tless so let’s see what happens next…