This adorable bungalow in walking distance to downtown Deland had just undergone a renovation. It now features central AC, gas tankless water heater, updated electrical and off course a cozy interior complete with TV feature wall and electric fireplace. This cute bungalow is now offered for rent through our colleague Ron Hadd 386-668-2627
This house got 10 showings in two days and received 6 offers. Not too bad for a tract build home in West Volusia county. Until one takes a look at the pictures. This lakefront house got a cosmetic overhaul to show its contemporary side. The fireplace wall received a birch wood treatment to create visual interest and texture to the room. The wrap around fireplace functions as at angle point to pull the different living spaces together. Designer Helen Bonello-Strauss decided to use a grass fiber wallpaper as a backdrop for the transitional furnishings. Here the formal area has a less formal appeal with plenty of wood and soft surfaces. So aspects of the house come from precious renovations that got additional updates. The hall bath had received green a Venetion plaster walls a few years back. This latest renovation included a whimsical owl themed wallpaper on a few of those bathroom walls. This property sold within days after it hit the market.
Rustic cabin fever – When it comes to interior design, the term rustic has as many meanings as there are experts elaborating on it. For designer Helene Bonello-Strauss rustic means the implementation of some rough unfinished surfaces and materials in the design. Case and point: The two story 3 bedroom home on 930 Lexington Road in Deland, Florida just an hour northeast of Orlando. The rustic elements are the coral stone fireplace and rough cedar elements that are original to the house. In her design these elements play a vital role in the re-design of the house. She wanted to retain the integrity of the dramatic architecture and enhance those original features with a more modern take. The kitchen had been opened to allow for a more open flow and created a more spacious appeal of the living area. Gone are the days where the kitchen was tucked away behind closed doors to not been seen. In today’s world kitchens have evolved to social hubs in the house and the center of the party. This house with its dramatic whitewashed cedar ceiling and updated features offers a lot for its modest $ 260k asking price. Fantastic 70s architecture does not have to rely on shag carpet for a stylish look. The property is available for private showings upon request.
Stunning Central Florida lake front home without the large price tag, Open to the public for viewing for the first time on Saturday, August 10th between 12 noon and 3 pm. This property went through a full renovation with a brand new roof, new kitchen with stainless steel appliances, new floors and new paint inside and out. Recent upgrades include newer AC and tankless gas water heater. Its located in the Twin Lakes gated community in Deltona between Orlando and Daytona Beach. This property features a custom birchwood wall treatment with a 3 sided gas fireplace in the living areas. High ceilings and an open floorplan offer the feeling of a spacious living area that allows plenty of room to entertain a sizable crowd. This pool home has the style one might expect from a luxury mansion without the hefty acquisition cost or the upkeep. The address is 613 Copper Beech Blvd, Deltona, FL 32725 and the MLS number is O5804475. Call for access Helen 407-314-5468 or Malte 407-416-9659. This property is owned by the listing agents.
This cute 60s bungalow in Debary Florida underwent a whole renovation with a new kitchen and a spectacular barn door that gives the laundry room a grand entrance. The property had 2 bedrooms and one bath but sold as quick as can be. This house is technically a Flip but never went officially on the market. The neighbor came by to check it out while the team was working on the finishing touches and bought it on the spot. Talking about local marketing. One thing is for sure, that move will be a quick one with that close of a distance. Its one more example how ingenious design can really help the sale and the value of a property. Purchased for $ 86k and sold for $ 158k just a few months later, there must be a healthy profit in there for the investor. The property appraised just above contract price so the appraiser must have seen the value of the transformation there. Sometimes it is a good idea to overbuild your little investment property a bit. It can pay off big time if your design is really good.
6 Tips for Renovating Your Rental Property to Minimize Future Repairs
Renovating a rental property is more than an investment; it’s one that pays dividends. Besides boosting the value of the property, it demonstrates the commitment that the landlord has towards the tenant’s quality of living.
Like with all home improvements, some give you more bang for your buck than others. However, renovating a rental property is different from renovating your home. Obviously, with rental properties, there is far much wear and tear. As such, it pays to plan accordingly.
Managing rental property repairs can be challenging. As a landlord, it’s only wise for you to minimize these as much as you can. By following these tips, you’ll be able to do that all while improving your property’s value.
The following are 6 tips on how to renovate your rental property to minimize future repairs.
1. Focus on paint
It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do for your property. It can make your rental property look more appealing and look great in photos and videos on listings.
Make sure that you invest in high-quality paint as will last longer than ordinary paint. High-quality paint provides an appearance that is smoother and more uniform.
Choosing the right color palette is also key. Neutral colors such as cream, grey, and beige are great for all spaces, big and small. These colors create an impression of a larger space.
In addition to this, you can allow your tenants to paint the property with the color of their choice. However, remember that you should also tell them to paint it back to a neutral color when they vacate the premises.
2. Clean often and replace fixtures
To revamp a property, overhauling entire rooms sometimes isn’t necessary. Usually, replacing minor fixtures and a thorough clean will also go a long way in helping your rental property look its best.
Make sure that you give your property a thorough clean at every tenant turnover. You can go the DIY route, or you can hire professional services.
Replacing fixtures can also help you increase your property’s value and minimize future repairs. The following are good examples of inexpensive fixtures that need replacing. They will make your property more appealing and minimize after-the-fact maintenance.
- Dripping tubs and faucets
- Mini-blinds with missing slats
- Cabinet hardware that has lost its finish
- Toilets that constantly run
- Door handles that stick
3. Flooring is key
The flooring in a rental property needs to be able to withstand a lot of wear and tear. Since you don’t want to replace the floors every year, you need a durable yet cost-effective material.
When buying flooring for your rental property, consider these three things:
- The function of the room
Different areas of the rental property may have different flooring needs.
- The property must be appealing to the masses
The goal is to make money. Obviously, if it’s your home, you may want a unique lime green backsplash or the most exotic marble. But with an investment property, appealing to the masses is key. Neutral materials are your best bet.
- Choose durable materials
Rentals undergo more wear and tear. Thus, your goal should be to choose materials that are durable.
Generally speaking, there are seven flooring options for you to choose from. This includes linoleum, cork, vinyl, laminate, hardwood, tile, and carpet.
4. Swap out old bathroom fixtures
The bathroom is an important space. It’s probably where most people go to in the morning and the last place they visit before getting to bed every night. As such, it looks its best is vital.
Making simple renovations to your property’s bathroom fixtures can mean a lot, both in improving functionality and aesthetics of your bathroom.
Replacing a showerhead or faucet is fast, easy, and many times is a DIY project. New fixtures can automatically make your bathroom look new and modern again.
5. Give your kitchen a makeover
A kitchen is the heart of a home. Renovating it will add easiness to your tenant’s lifestyle and value to your property. However, make sure that you understand the limits you have whether they be space-restrictive or financial.
In trying to minimize future repairs, keep in mind that you also need to factor in the aspect of durability.
As you choose among materials and fixtures, it would be a good idea to visit specialty design showrooms for cabinets, flooring, lighting, appliances, and so on. Talk to the professionals who work there about the ideas and goals that you have.
6. Provide plenty of storage
It’s every landlord’s goal to make their property stand out from the crowd. One way that you can do this is by providing plenty of storage. You can accomplish this by installing shelves in your living room or by adding hooks to hallways and bathrooms.
Additional Tips When Renovating Your Rental Property to Minimize Future Repairs
In addition to the aforementioned tips, here are more tips that you can take advantage of for you to minimize future repairs.
- Create a comprehensive plan of works so that you can budget properly.
- Make sure that the building’s fabric is sound before you start plastering, decorating and fitting out.
- Work with registered professionals who can offer you guarantee for their work.
- Have a builder look over the property to make recommendations for advisable improvements or upgrades.
Staying ahead is key to success. Proactively planning and managing your rental property’s maintenance and renovation will get you closer to your goals. We hope the tips shared above help you get one step closer to success!
Apopka Preview open Sunday July 15 from 1-4pm – This house in the Apopka Sheeler Oaks subdivision just underwent a full transformation. The house features a new white shaker style kitchen with granite counters and white wood trim features around the larger pass through opening to the family room. The old popcorn ceiling made way to a tong and groove wood treatment and high gloss paint job to reflect light onto the space. The same treatment wall pulled onto the accent wall for an electric fireplace and TV. Contrasting colors in warm grey tones make the wall stand out. Off course all light fixtures were selected to give the space a warm illumination. The floor plan was quite functional so it did not need any drastic modification. The sofa now floats the room and allows for a good traffic space to the master and secondary bedrooms. The master received a new dual sink vanity with matching mirror cabinet to maximize storage there. The glass shower door provides a high end look. This property is a great example how a smart budget oriented renovation can provide a tremendous equity boost. The house is available for preview and offered at $ 199,800. For questions or and appointment please call Realtor (R) Malte Strauss at 407-416-9659.
Delaney Park – Two houses for the price of one – This traditional house on Delaney Park just underwent a transformation with professional staging. The house features 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in the main house plus a fully separate apartment over the 3 car garage in the back of the house. Designer Helen Bonello-Strauss created an effortless looking ambiente that shows of the charm and detail of this great house. Comfortable lounging in the front living room as well as another adjacent family room with a sectional show off the potential for gatherings and family fun. The house is available for showings. If you have questions about the house contact Realtor (R) Don Harkins from Keller Williams at 321-377-0341.
When it comes to Central Florida waterfront locations Windermere is one of the prime luxury spots to be. This gorgeous waterfront estate is being sold completely furnished turn key with everything that one might desire. From the stunning vistas to 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, a heated pool and spa, boat dock, movie theater and beautiful but comfortable appointments. There are even two supercharged jetski in the garage that could convey with the property. Below is a video for a first look. For your private showing call your Realtor or contact the listing Broker Malte Strauss 407-416-9659.
Callaway Court re-deisign – This house in the beautiful golf course community Victoria Park in Deland Florida underwent a re-design with cosmetic changes. The main thing was a change in color and the addition of a lot of trim and finishes. The formal living area received a wall treatment with birch plywood panels and the addition of a built in fireplace.
We changed all the light fixtures and overhauled the kitchen with the existing cabinets and new leather finish granite counters and glass tile back splash. We also changed the bar top counter and lowered it to counter height. The center island was swapped to a larger one with contrasting cabinetry and the kitchen received all new black stainless steel appliances. The design scheme is a contemporary approach with updated traditional elements.
The master bedroom features a large grey winged headboard with nail-head trim and mirrored nightstands framed by a grey/silver wallpaper. On the opposite wall of the headboard we used the same wallpaper on a floating panel to house the TV and a fireplace. The nice tray ceiling was accented by a large medallion application. We chose a round crystal chandelier to repeat the concentric theme on the ceiling. The intention was to calm the room with a color palette of neutrals like grey, silver and white.
The property is available for sell with an asking price of $ 499,800 and held open for previews Sunday May 6th between 1 and 4 pm.
The power of pictures – how your photos can make or break a real estate sale.
The role your property photos play in the selling of a house are easily overlooked. It seems like the photos that represent your listing might play a minor cosmetic role in your overall sales efforts. It is rather a fallacy to assume that it is more important how the house looks in real life. The way houses are found by buyers have changed drastically from just a few years ago. The internet empowers buyers to scout the market, to compare properties based on the virtual representation they find online, and to educate themselves about property values and past sales. One of the main reasons why savvy real estate professionals hire professional designers to decorate their listing is that they understand the power of the first impression. And the first impression does not always happen when the potential buyer sets foot over the threshold, but when a prospective new homeowner takes a look at the pictures of the house online. That split second impression will influence the decision for the buyer to pick up the phone and call their agent about the house. So the house needs to show its best; and so the pictures. We all have seen the blurry picture of an empty room corner, taken with a 90’s flip phone. Or the narrow iphone pictures that only show half a fridge and part of a cabinet while claiming this is a representation of the kitchen. Unless you are trying to sell partial appliances, those tunnel vision photos don’t do your listing any justice. Buyers are quick to rule out your dungeon property, just because the pictures were taken after dark. Not putting any photos of the interior in the listing when it hits the market first is not the best move either. Buyers don’t fall in love with the description of a house. They want to see it. They respond to visual aids. That’s why we mostly watch TV instead of listening to radio at home. “You only can sell what you can see” is an old real estate truth. The most important task is to get buyers in the door. They have to see value in the house before they even see it in person. If you don’t grab their attention right away they are off to the next house, the next listing or the next agent. The next choice is only one click away. The buyers agent might not even put your house on the list because it misses one of the narrow criteria the buyers have set. It may not be in the right school district, the size might be just a bit too big or too small, the target price range was different, or it has one bedroom less than they preferred. Buyers frequently add homes to the showing list if they like what they see. And often they find the house online first. Online shoppers have the attention span of a fruit fly. If they don’t see what they are looking for within a few seconds they might be gone for good. And sellers and listing agents don’t even realize it.
If you want to learn more about how staging and professional quality photography impact the sale of your listing contact us at www.idesigntosell.com
Another home sold with the help of clever re-design. This beautiful Deltona home went under contract within a few days of coming on the market. with 1400 sq ft living space it did not carry a large footprint. But that did not limit the way the house stood out from the crowd. Designer Helen Bonello-Strauss took cedar siding and created a fireplace accent wall. The same treatment with stained cedar boards went on the back wall of the kitchen counters. A nice way of warming things up and protecting a surface that otherwise would receive a lot of wear and tear if it had been left as drywall. The tile in the kitchen floor takes the color cue from the nice laminate wood floors in the living area. This helps to provide an uninterrupted visual flow and to combine the spaces. The wall colors are a mix of 5 different shades of gray for a sexy fresh look. This comfortable house is proof that it does not necessarily takes a mansion for a fabulous lifestyle. Good things can come in small packages. It is just the important thing to develop a vision for it and carry it through.
How staging your house can make you loose money – For years almost any host on HGTV has been telling us that we need to stage homes to get a higher price. How can we loose money with staging? The answer is simple. The culprit is truly bad staging. If you have been house shopping on the internet, you probably have come across some of those derailed decoration jobs. Rooms that look like they are filled with leftovers from a failed garage sale. That banged up dining table with one lonely chair. The faded artificial tree that looks like a hurricane survivor. Mismatched items that are randomly placed in rooms, just to fill up space without consideration to flow and usability. The message a potential buyer will receive is not the ideal one. The house will look unwanted, impractical and dated. If the furniture does not fit the space it may look like too small or too large for its purpose. If the furniture looks old and worn, so will your house. Although the furnishings are rarely part of the real estate transaction they will play a key role how the room is perceived. The key is to underline the positive in a property and to create a vision of a stylish but comfortable lifestyle. What your staging should evoke is a positive feeling, and inspire buyers to ponder how they are going to use the house. They will envision entertaining friends and showing off their fabulous home. They will think about how they will spend time with their loved ones, how they will raise children there, or entertain the grandkids during their vacation. They will have a vision about the house, they will imagine how their life will look like in a designers dream house. Even if this might not reflect the way their lives will play out in reality, they might have a vision of things to come. The moment when buyers enter your house and are able to envision a better future for themselves and their family, is the moment you will pocket the most money. Buyer are not only buying brick and mortar, they are also looking for a better tomorrow and a place to make that happen. It is always an emotional purchase, despite the rationale and calculations behind a real estate transaction. Owning a home is the ultimate American dream. Your staging is the most powerful way to showcase this vision. Make sure you don’t squander the opportunity and end up loosing money.
There is an open house scheduled for Sunday November 19th, 2017 between the hours of 1 and 4pm. The address 1224 S Seagate Drive, Deltona FL 32725. The asking price of the fabulous pool home is $ 205 k.
This 3 bedroom 2 bath pool home located in Deltona was neither large, nor very special before Designer Helen Bonello-Strauss started the transformation. After a few weeks of cosmetic renovations its shows off its fabulous side. A new kitchen became the center point of the open concept living space. The wood accents in the living room give a newly built fireplace wall the right look. Here the designer used smooth sanded cedar board siding that was stained in a light grey wash to bring out the color of beachwood. The same wood was used to clad the cabinetry underneath the breakfast counter. A great way to pull those two spaces together in a coherent design. “Whenever you can pull elements from one room to another you create a great transition between connected spaces.” so the designer. She likes to use a color palette that is uniform throughout the whole house. Here the wall colors comprise of about 4 shades of warm grey tones. Even though there is a use of accent walls the colors flow nicely together. The laminate floor in the living space is accompanied by a similar toned rectangular tile for the kitchen area. Here we have the benefit of the hard wearing tile while we do have the uninterrupted visual flow due to the smart coordination. Helen felt that due to the small space she did not want too much of a transition in the floors. “It really helps to pull the visitors eye from one area to the next. It just let the house appear so much bigger.” While a 1500 sq ft living space is hardly a large house, it certainly is plenty of room to create a comfortable space for creature comfort and entertaining.
This beautiful home in Southwest Orlando (was) owner by a Realtor who wanted to lift the sales price over the hump. Real Estate Professional Ladd Tsukamoto with Real Living Real Estate Solutions noticed a house in the same subdivision which sold withing days for a price over the typical average in the neighborhood. He was determined to repeat the success by hiring the same stager who had been in charge for the transformation of this property. His house did not need any renovations since the condition was excellent. All it took was a fresh look and to showcase the different spaces and their potential. His property was on the market for a week with a number of showings but no offers. The staging brought the desired success. After just a few days the property went under contract with a few interested buyers in competition. The cost of staging were easily recouped with a swift closing and top selling price. Sometimes it takes a collaboration of a good agent and a designer with a vision to lift a sluggish sale quickly over the hump.