Archive for February, 2010

Darryl Rose Featured in Make It Better Article

Posted on 10 February 2010 | Category: Press

“Handy For Home And Wherever Community Need Pulls Him: Darryl Rose of Get Dwell”,  by Megan Davy, February 2010

Darryl Rose was featured in this  article published by Make It Better – the most trusted community resource and print magazine for the Chicago North Shore, recognizing his commitment to the community.
Read the article here

February: Getting Your Home in Sale-Quality Shape

Posted on 05 February 2010 | Category: Tips

Curb appealIt might not feel like it, but spring is right around the corner. That means not just flower and shower but the unofficial start of home sales season. If you’re thinking of putting your home on the market, it’s time to address that list of home fixes you might have let slide. Even if you’re not planning to sell, though, getting your home in sale-quality shape can make it even more livable and enjoyable, and can save money by preventing the need for more expensive work caused by deferred maintenance.

February To-Dos:

project_listDo Your Own Walk Through
Work with your Realtor to do an informal inspection of your home. Approach it by car in both directions and check curb appeal. Then list the top three things you would change to make your home and property fresher, more welcoming and more stable. From there, walk through the front door, stop and make a list of the first five things in your house that someone might feel look tired, worn or in need of repair. Repeat in the bathrooms and kitchen. Finally, make a master list and prioritize based on cost and potential impact on your sale price and sale speed.

EntryFix the Small Things
Buyers often see small imperfections – the things homeowners learn to live with and overlook – as a sign of bigger potential problems beneath the surface. So work with your Realtor to look at your home with an outsider’s eyes. Some areas to look at include:

  • Doors, windows and screens
  • Cabinets and drawers
  • Walls and trim
  • Flooring
  • Bathroom grout and caulk
  • Landscaping

BathrooomOf course, a coat of neutral paint, both indoors and outdoors is a great and relatively inexpensive way to give your house a fresh, new look. This month, hire Get Dwell for any paint job, curb appeal upgrade, bathroom grout and caulk work, or small fix-up projects and get 15% off all labor charges.

Fix the Big Things
Don’t wait for an inspector to find a problem that might require a sizeable investment. Even if you’re willing to patch a roof, or make repairs to a heating system or fix foundation cracks, they can make a potential buyer wary. Get Dwell can do a thorough walk-through of your home and help identify trouble spots you might not know exist.

If you’re planning to sell your home and you’d like a consultation about potential fixes and upgrade to your home, call Get Dwell today because the spring sales season is coming fast. Even if you’re not selling your home, making improvements mean your home will be ready to put its best face forward when spring arrives. And don’t forget to ask about our February 15% discount on select home improvement projects.

Turning a “To-Do” List into a “Sold” Sign

Posted on 05 February 2010 | Category: Featured Projects

House for SaleBrian Quinn’s interest in fixer-upper homes isn’t just personal. As a former member of the “This Old House” team and current interactive sales vice president for HGTV, Quinn has a professional connection to home renovation and improvement, too.

So when Quinn and his wife prepared to sell the vintage North Shore home they had been renovating since 1998, they knew they still had a lot of work to do to get the house in optimal sale shape.

“We had done a lot of work on the home, but I still had a long punch list of items we knew we needed to deal with,” Quinn says. “Plus, we were selling in a challenging market. We knew we had to get the home spit polished for it to sell for the price we hoped for.”

Their first step was hiring Shields and Baylor, a Realtor team now with @properties. Barbara Shields not only recommended hiring a stager, who would help the home look as aesthetically appealing and personality neutral as possible, she also brought in Get Dwell to consult on and manage the physical repairs and upgrades that needed to be done before the house went on the market.

“There was trim work that had never been completed, attic stairs that needed paint and a new railing, light switches that need to be replaced, a service door in the garage that needed to be replaced, paint touch ups — a long list,” Quinn says. “Get Dwell came in, consulted with us and guided us through the process. They did a lot of seemingly small things that really made the house appear to be worth more to buyers.”

According to Barbara Shields, those kinds of repairs and improvements are important even — and sometimes especially — if a house is in good shape overall.

sold“When a house is in good shape, often times small imperfections stand out more,” she says. “You want to make the home consistent in quality. Plus, buyers these days don’t want to move in and have to do a lot of work.”

What Quinn describes as a “modest” investment in Get Dwell’s services paid off handsomely. The house went on the market in late spring of 2009 and sold in six days for 95% of the Quinns’ asking price. And they received two other offers.

Quinn says there was one downside to hiring Get Dwell, though.

“Once the work was done I said to my wife, ‘I don’t know if I want to sell now.’ I wish we’d done this two years ago and been able to enjoy it more. It did give me some second thoughts, but we had our eye on another house. Looking back, the work everyone did — our Realtor, our stager and Get Dwell — really made our sale clear sailing.”

Get Ready. Get Set. Sell.

Posted on 05 February 2010 | Category: General

Michael GoldenIf anyone knows a thing or two about getting your home in sale-ready condition, it’s Michael Golden. Golden is the co-founder and co-owner of @properties, a real estate company that in 10 years has grown from a small but forward-thinking business into one of Chicagoland’s largest and most progressive brokerages. With approximately 900 agents and the #1 market share in the city, @properties is now increasing its presence in the North Shore with a large office in Evanston, a satellite office in Winnetka and plans for a strong Highland Park presence on the drawing board.

So what advice does Golden have for local homeowners hoping to prep their homes for a speedy sale?

door“Use your Realtor as an objective third-party,” he says. “When you’re the homeowner, you don’t see things having to do with your home the same way other people do. A Realtor can help you look at your home with fresh eyes and see problems that have to be addressed.”

Chief among those problems? Those little items that have probably languished on your household “to-do” list for ages.

“Small leaks, water stains, peeling paint, windows that don’t open and close correctly  — anything that would make a potential buyer fearful,” Golden says. “People tend to see small imperfections as an indication of bigger problems beneath the surface. It pays to go all the way when making these repairs. Just because someone might repaint after they move in doesn’t mean they’re not looking carefully at the condition of your walls and ceilings.”

Clutter is another potential stumbling block for buyers. Golden recommends clearing out or organizing all the detritus that can keep a house from feeling airy and spacious, like stacks of magazines, kids’ toys, countertop messes, even extraneous furniture.

House for Sale“You want your house to look homey, but roomy, too,” he says. “I have kids, and I know how things accumulate. But you want people to be able to visualize themselves in the house, and when there’s a lot of clutter it’s hard to do that.”

Last, Golden says, is considering the curb appeal of your home. From landscaping to gutters, paint to windows, the outside of your home is the first impression most buyer get.

“Again, it’s about identifying items that may cause concern and correcting them,” he says. “Clean gutters, clean windows, a nice, new paint job — those are things that can put a buyer’s mind at ease and make a showing a success.”