Curb Appeal in California : Questions & Answers

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Brian Burke…, Real Estate Pro in 80129
Brian Burke -Kenna Real Estate answered:
Is it better to turn the utilities on in a house you want to show? Everything is off right now.
In general yes. having the power on is a must especially if you are anticipating cold conditions. Buyers will not spend a lot of time in a home that is colder than the outside temp. If ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jul 14, 2014 Curb Appeal in 93560
Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Red Bank, NJ
Deborah Madey answered:
is staging an empty or lived in house really worth it? who are the best stagers in sf?
You may get a number of varying answers here.

I support lightly staging a property with a few furnishings and a few decor items that will soften and warm the impression. You need ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jan 13, 2008 Curb Appeal in San Francisco, CA
Todd Norsted, Real Estate Pro in Maple Grove, MN
Todd Norsted answered:
Does a bathroom in San Bernardino County need to have a tub? Is it ok to just have a shower, sink and toilet?
That wouldn't be the best thing to do resale wise! Not being sexist, but women and children usually prefer tubs.
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 11, 2008 Curb Appeal in 92405
Sally Rosenm…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Sally Rosenman answered:
What's the best way to get a victorian washed? We own a small 5 unit building in SF and it gets dirty within
Dear Fred,

Lots of people power wash buildings either via a cleaning service or as a "handyman." They do windows and the outside of the building. You can make arrangements with t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Sep 23, 2010 Curb Appeal in Western Addition
Russell Sper…, Home Buyer in
Russell Sperber answered:
i purchased acreage in Montague,CA. Approximately 4 acres in Iron Gate Lake Estates on Short Road. Also 10
0 votes Share Flag Sat Sep 6, 2008 Curb Appeal in Montague, CA
Patti Philli…, Real Estate Pro in Carlsbad, CA
Patti Phillips answered:
Carpet Question. I own a home in Palo Alto.
Michael, In today's market, the better the home looks, the most likely it is to sell. I hate to see sellers put in an ungodly amount of money if not needed, but carpet and paint usual ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri May 9, 2008 Curb Appeal in Palo Alto, CA
Ute Ferdig -…, Real Estate Pro in Newcastle, CA
Ute Ferdig - Atty. Negotiator answered:
We are in redding California and just bought a house but now have to sell it. It is an upper-end home with
Hello Mj. Sorry you have to sell so quickly. I would most likely not invest in making "improvements" as you won't be able to recover the cost and it will probably not enhance your cha ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Sep 27, 2008 Curb Appeal in Redding, CA
Ruthless, Other/Just Looking in 60558
Ruthless answered:
What should I be concerned about if I replace a foundation and creat a full basement at the same time?
First, structural damage to the house, cracked plaster, un-square doors and windows, etc.

Next, price verse value. The money you spend might increase the living space for you, but i ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Oct 22, 2007 Curb Appeal in San Jose, CA
Ian Coburn, Real Estate Pro in New Orleans, LA
Ian Coburn answered:
Neighbor parking affects curb appeal
Put a couple cones outside the days you are having an open house...and talk to them and ask that for the few hours if they could park somewhere else...and that you would park your own c ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Oct 9, 2007 Curb Appeal in Santa Clara, Hayward, CA
Christine Wi…, Real Estate Pro in Greensboro, NC
Christine Willard answered:
How Much Difference do Views Make?
Depends how much it means to you. Some people don't care what they look at and others want to see water, woods, etc.
0 votes Share Flag Sat Sep 11, 2010 Curb Appeal in 94114
Jed Lane, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Jed Lane answered:
In San Francisco, how much incremental value (roughly) does a professionally landscaped yard add
It would depend on the buyer and the perceived value of the yard. If you are getting a property ready for sale it's important like curb appeal but not as much. You don't want the state ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Nov 10, 2009 Curb Appeal in 94107
Victoria Lor…, Real Estate Pro in Fairfield County, CT
Victoria Lorusso answered:
We're considering home renovations -- what improvements will bring us the most value?
I understand where you are coming from but without knowing the property it's difficult accurately tell you. A 250k home in Iowa won't buy you a condo here so that has to be taken into ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 4, 2014 Curb Appeal in Hayes Valley
Mr.P, Other/Just Looking in Arizona
Mr.P answered:
Adding expensive landscaping: worth it?
Maybe 40% tops, If it will improve the overall condition of your backyard.
I have had clients that the backyard condition was the most important thing.
Don`t go over the top, keep it ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Sep 11, 2007 Curb Appeal in 94706
Ute Ferdig -…, Real Estate Pro in Newcastle, CA
Ute Ferdig - Atty. Negotiator answered:
How important is it to have your home Staged in today's market?
I personally believe that staging is the icing on the cake. It helps set a property apart from the crowd. With an increasing inventory of homes on the market, buyers can pick and choo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Mar 11, 2011 Curb Appeal in 93631
Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Novato, CA
Sylvia Barry, MAS, CIPS, SRES answered:
Houses with pools appear less popular in the Bay Area, in particular Marin and East Bay. Why is this?
Hi Lucy:

As far as Marin is concerned, I have seen houses with pools go faster than others recently. This is not the case before.

Having a pool is really a personal choice. An a ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Sep 4, 2007 Curb Appeal in San Rafael, CA
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Seeking speakers for upcoming CRS 2008 meetiings in Northern California. Suggestions from Realtors?
I nominate Deborah Madey.

There is an absolute wealth of terrific speakers right here.

Don't pass up this opportunity.

David Knox is great but I don't see him on Trulia. Does ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri May 23, 2008 Curb Appeal in San Francisco, CA
Johnny Ziomek, Other/Just Looking in Los Angeles, CA
Johnny Ziomek answered:
What’s up with the Mediterranean monstrosity of a house that has sat incomplete at the top of Runyon Canyon?
It is for sale but has many issues dealing with code. The current owner had a partnership with another person. They illegally built on some levels which may not be grandfathered in. ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Oct 15, 2007 Curb Appeal in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA
Pam Winterba…, Real Estate Pro in San Ramon, CA
Pam Winterbauer answered:
Curb appeal in Temecula
That's a tough one. Since the orientation is with the garage visable from the street I would suggest attractive colorful landscaping....purple vines. Also, is it posible to have a pan ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 20, 2007 Curb Appeal in 92592
Michelle Car…, Real Estate Pro in Cupertino, CA
Michelle Carr-Crowe answered:
Why are most of the new homes in the Bay Area so unnattractive design-wise?
Your first answer to your own question is probably the right one. However, lots of times designers & builders are required by the cities to submit multiple versions of their plans until ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jul 27, 2009 Curb Appeal in Berkeley Hills
Veronica Gar…, Real Estate Pro in 94110
Veronica Garcia-hayes answered:
How much is parking worth on Potrero Hill?
Generally parking can add 30,000 to 50,0000 to a sales price, depending on the area and availability of street parking. Potrero Hill varies street to street. If you are on the edges o ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Nov 2, 2007 Curb Appeal in San Francisco, CA
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