Homeowner Tip Prior to Selling

When selling a home, homeowners need to address maintenance items as well as keep the home looking its best to get the highest market value. For maintenance items, a pre-listing home inspection (click for previous post) will help bring to light any issues that may affect desirability of the property. The homeowner then may choose how to address the items.

This post is more about sprucing up a home to look its best without breaking the bank. Aside from LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!, the curb appeal is another reason prospective home buyers will look at a property. A home seller can’t move the home, but the seller can improve the appearance of the home.

I learned this trick while showing a property to a buyer client. The subject property was a flipped property done by a large investment company from Los Angeles. Due to the increased competition for the limited inventory of properties that were able to be flipped for profit, the LA based company would work on sheer volume with ultra tight margins. The pictures looked great as the pictures showed the property had been upgraded. The exterior paint in particular looked great.

When my client and I previewed the property, I realized the exterior was not re-painted in whole. The investors paint matched the body of the property and touched up areas. They did however repaint the wood fascia and roof eaves. This translated to significant savings to the seller in reduced remodel costs.

Here are the steps to reduce your costs and make your home looking its best:

  1. Pressure wash the exterior of the home

  2. Patch and fix any wood damage or stucco damage

  3. Repaint the wood fascia and eaves to give it a pop

  4. Touch up paint to the body of the home as necessary

Keep in mind, some homes may look great with just pressure washing.

Happy Home Selling!!

Chris Chin |Broker & Owner

December 8, 2014

DIY Tip: Cutting Dark Tile

Have you tried marking a dark colored black, brown, or blue tile with a marker and couldn’t see the line to make the cut? So you don’t need to guess while making your tile cut, you can put blue painter’s tape on the section where you’ll be making your cut. Mark your line on the tape with your straight edge. Once you make the cut, peel off the tape and you are done.

Hope this helps in your DIY home project!!

Chris Chin |Broker & Owner

November 24, 2014

Bathroom Remodel: Waterproofing Your Shower

The original master bathroom of our 1960 Ventura Home was in need of a major overhaul by the time we purchased the property in 2013. Having been around plenty of construction for flips and property management, I had a good idea of what the project would entail.

Choosing the type and overall style of the bathroom was not the challenging aspect since my wife has always wanted a classic look that stays in touch with the style of the builder’s era. So we went with matte 4×16 white subway tiles laid in brick pattern.  For a modern touch, the shower floor is honed carrera marble but in a honeycomb pattern with matching 2×4 tiles for the two niches. The flooring for the rest of the bathroom will be a distressed antique white inspired by the surrounding rustic, country feel.

Now onto the the reason for this blog. I came across an excellent product that I am extremely happy with the results.  There are different ways to waterproof a shower; however, I gravitated towards the topical method. I think most people are familiar with Redgard which the big box stores like Lowes and Home Depot carry. My contractor-friend, Scott Crawford from No Limits Construction, recommended the product called Ardex, which is a 2-part compound that you need to mix. Once the hardibacker was put up, we used Ardex on mesh for the joints.  Then, we proceeded with two coats of the product rolled on with a standard paint roller.  That simple.

If you are a DIY type, FloorElf.com has some good resources to complete your bathroom renovation. If not, I highly recommend Batt Brothers Tile from the Ventura County area.

Happy waterproofing!

Chris Chin |Broker & Owner

September 26, 2014