Shoreline., Washington

Shoreline., Washington

When considering repairs, necessary upgrades or the possibilities of a remodel, how do you decide what to do and what not to do? It’s a tricky question. Over the years, I have found that the style, history and location of the home will dictate when it is worth the effort and investment to remodel the interior spaces with a sensitive hand in order to reflect expectations of modern living patterns. After 30+ plus years of remodeling properties as diverse as urban condos, historic homes and medieval farmhouses, it becomes clear when an addition or upgrade will take a house up to a different level in terms of value, desirability and use. Particularly when considering these improvements prior to selling, it can be money very well spent in terms of a quick sale and a return of investment. However, most homeowners have neither the experience to manage a project, the resources of trusted contractors or the time to do it if they could. 

I offer a very unique service to my clients that are considering the sale of their home. In addition to advising on preparing the house for the market and evaluating the merits of any improvements, I will coordinate the entire project as part of my listing responsibilities. As in the case of this Shoreline home, it enabled the sellers to realize an unimagined success. This home sold in one day well above asking price!

“Our real estate fairy godmother -- that's what we like to call Joanmarie! When it was time to sell our first home this spring, she helped us establish a careful prep list and a timeline before a move overseas in summertime. She arranged all kinds of vendor appointments on our behalf and made herself available at all times to answer our many, many questions. Always straightforward ("That tub needs a new finish, stat!") and cheerful ("Don't panic, I'm coming to help paint trim in an hour!"). We decided up front to follow every single piece of advice she offered and trust her expertise -- it was all very reasonable and well worth it! We ended up with an offer significantly above the list price 24 hours after the house went up for sale. We are customers for life and permanent members of her fan club!” - Dustin and Holly W.