Before and After… What a difference

What a difference a fresh coat of paint makes! Can you even believe these are the same spaces?

  • Styled and staged by Joan Arcoleo

Move – in ready

Home Projects To Win First Impressions

Today’s buyers truly want move-in ready condition. There are many inexpensive projects that you can do to help maximize your sale price—why not take advantage of the cold weather and focus on the inside? Even if your home is not new or renovated, consider some of the following ideas to help it feel fresh and have greater market appeal:

1) Painting

Grays and neutrals are all the rage.  It allows the buyer to see the architecture without being distracted by strong colors. Follow these colors throughout the house to create an even flow.

2) Bring on the light

Have your windows washed and remove old blinds, shades and heavy drapes.  If any of your light fixtures are tired, replace them with more modern, simple ones.

3) Look at your kitchen

Although it may be dated, sometimes a few changes can make it feel much more current. Depending on your kitchen, replacing the countertop, painting the cabinets, changing knobs on cabinets or a new floor can have a big impact. Or, maybe just the appliances need to be switched out for new.

4) Clean up the bathroom

Make sure that the grout is all in good condition and clean.  Are the tiles a dated, less appealing color? Is the tub stained and worn? Have them re-glazed white. It is much cheaper than replacing either and makes the bathroom read young and fresh. Does it need a new vanity, or maybe an updated faucet?

5) Floor it

Is old wall to wall carpeting covering hardwood floors? Nothing looks cleaner than freshly painted walls with hardwood floors.

6) De-clutter your closets

If they are too full, the buyer may feel that you have outgrown your home.  In turn, they may think that they will as well.

7) Clean the basement

Organize and try to make it feel clean and inviting. Many old home basements can be anything but. Does it need a coat of paint? Is it musty? Use a dehumidifier.

When you’re ready to consider selling, contact your real estate professional so he or she can help you determine the best steps with regard to your home.  Remember: You never get a second chance to make a first impression.Contributed by Deborah Doern, Larchmont Brokerage Manager

De-Clutter, design, Design Ideas

Ready to sell? Ready to stage?

Great tips from our friends at Westchester Magazine

6 Westchester Home-Staging Quick Hits

Local home-staging expert Marlene Gold offers up insider tips designed to put your home’s best square foot forward.



An accredited staging professional, certified interior decorator, and former PR exec in the home-furnishings industry, Larchmont’s Marlene Gold founded Gold Staging & Redesign in 2008. Since then, home staging—visually presenting a house to its best advantage—continues to be a critical real-estate marketing tool. Want to attract serious buyers this fall—or just spruce up the family home? Check out Gold’s expert advice.

Refrain from staging in your own decorating style.

Professional stagers remove the sellers’ personality so that it doesn’t distract buyers from envisioning the home as their own. This should not be an opportunity to express your personal talent and style, explains Gold.

Consider a neutral color palette. Light grays, blues, and whites are current, says Gold, and will help buyers envision their own furniture in your house. Check out HomeGoods, Target, and Pier 1 for accessories, and IKEA and Home Depot for lighting fixtures with the look of upscale designers at discount prices. Gold also likes Overstock.com for well-priced designer bedding.

Refrain from putting tablecloths on dining-room or kitchen tables. The more shiny surfaces there are in a space to reflect the light, the brighter and more spacious it will appear, says Gold.

Choose one or two large pieces of art for less visual clutter. And refrain from hanging art on an angle—too distracting, Gold explains—or covering every wall with lots of small pieces.

Invest time and energy on your home’s exterior. Curb appeal counts—many buyers will do a drive-by before scheduling the first appointment.

Resist the urge to “decorate to sell.” You may think that by buying lots of new accessories and occasional furniture you will give the room the “wow” it needs but, says Gold, “You’re just trading clutter with too many distracting small things.”