Sun Doggies

We certainly had quite the cold day, but at least the sun was shining, and if only that wind would’ve gone down, I would say it could’ve been a pleasant after-the-storm day. One positive thing was my being able to take the above photo of this morning’s sun doggies.  They were the biggest and brightest I’d ever seen.  I only wish I could’ve got them more centered when snapping it, but of course I had to be quick since I was driving.

Unfortunately, I was out of the office more than I was in due to appointments in the morning as well as afternoon.  One of my morning appointments took me to a home that a client is working at getting ready to either move into or sell.  He wanted my opinion on some color schemes along with looking for advice on what the most sought-after features of a home are which he wants to accentuate while he’s still working on it should he decide to sell.

He likely thought I was going to come up with some secret formula for making a home sell at its highest price and quickest sale time, but all I could share with him was that if he wanted to make that house really stand out, he must work at making the kitchen and bathroom exceptionally appealing.

The bathroom is pretty much finished and as far as I’m concerned, it’s about as good as it gets with the tub surround, the tiling, and flooring.  I did mention again that all hardware for doors and windows must be paint-free which included the door hinges because it’s always those little things that draw attention to detail.

When talking about his kitchen, I suggested ordering simple but very well constructed cabinets offering soft-close drawers and cabinet doors.  He asked about the type wood and I suggested a mid-colored maple of a Craftsman design.  I also suggested he use modestly designed but well made hardware that’s nickel coated because I’ve found in my years of marketing homes that nickel always seems to hold its own in popularity.

He talked about running the cabinets all the way to the ceiling but I suggested against it because oft times buyers look at tall upper cabinets and say, “How do I get up there and what would I put in them?”  My thoughts were for him to add a simple crown moulding design that would run along the top of those upper cabinets just to make them look as if they were custom built for his kitchen.  I’m finding of late that buyers are now returning to their wanting to place collectables/keepsakes above their kitchen cabinets.

By the time I left, he had a list of ideas which were about as good as I could give.  He thanked me for stopping by, but in turn I thanked him all the more because I always enjoy seeing works in progress on homes–especially the older ones that have all the more character.

Most of my afternoon was spent showing six homes in assorted neighborhoods around the City.  I always bristle whenever pulling up to a home that hasn’t been shoveled, and as chance would have it, there were four of today’s six that were un-shoveled. At one of them, I even had to walk all the way to the back of the house to get the key for the front door which got me all the more snow covered.

I would say there were two out of those six that were possibilities and hopefully one of them will end up being my buyer’s choice.  I was really brought up to speed on how few homes there are to choose from in that particular price range which is telling me we’re going to have a “slim-pickings” market if we don’t get more homes listed by the time Spring arrives.

While out showing, we did encounter a scary situation when walking into a home that has hot water heat.  The moment I walked thru the front door, I knew there was a problem because it was too cold.  I walked over to the thermostat and there it blinked “replace batteries” and its screen reading 40 degrees which was wrong because I discovered the water in the toilet bowl was frozen solid which pretty much told me that all the water lines feeding those many radiators were frozen.  You can be sure I was grabbing my mobile and sending a text to the selling agent about what I’d found.

I don’t even want to think about how much damage there’ll be once that boiler gets up and running, along with the number of copper radiator lines that’ll need replacing.  What really creeped me out, is knowing that very home went thru a freeze about 10 years ago and at that time there was somewhere around $50K worth of damage done to its first and second floors.  I only hope those sellers have good insurance because there’s going to be some monster plumbing bills.

I can’t begin to tell you all how true the quote below is because it’s not just from my own personal experience, but after having watched others from afar these long years,  I’ve found that the most outstanding people in any given profession are those who feigned the thought of doing what they ended up doing their best.

Tonight’s one-liner is:  No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.

Joe Chodur

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