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designed to sell

Saturday, June 22, 2019
Debbi DiMaggio

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When you have been doing something for over 30 years that thing you do becomes second nature. For me designing homes is one of those things. Each time we take a new listing there is work to be done. Of course it varies from home to home. And once in awhile a client chooses to sell cleaned and vacant. Usually that only occurs when a home is too far gone and the investment out ways the return.

Let’s break in down.

Obtaining inspections is the first step. It’s not unlike what happens when we get a check up at the doctors office with the addition of further testing and bloodwork. We do the same for a house. Adam and I will book appointments for the following inspections: Termite, Comprehensive Home (checking all systems), Sewer Lateral, Foundation (if recommenced by the home inspector), Roof including Furnace and Electrical if those systems are outdated and require a bid to fix, update or replace. In the Piedmont East Bay these reports will be passed on to the Buyer and paid for up front by the Seller. Area standards vary from area to area, city to city. In Los Angeles where we also work, Buyers pay for any and all inspections the deem necessary, but do not preform such inspections until after they are in contract.

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The second step is the design aspect. This is my favorite part. I enjoy the creativity and the process from brining a home from lived in to staged to sell. I manage each aspect. First we obtain bids: Staging, Painting and note any repairs, as well as Garden Clean Up, Window Washing, Floor Refinishing or Carpet Replacement and Lighting Updates. Sometimes we update kitchen and bath countertops. Once we have produced all the bids we pass them on to the seller to decide how much or how little they would like to invest. Most of the times our Sellers see the benefit and agree to making the investment. After all they will reap the rewards of a higher sale.

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Having just returned from a listing consultation in the very neighborhood I grew up, and the same neighborhood we raised our children, I realized that we had sold quite a few within a few blocks of one another. As we chatted with the Sellers we reminisced about all the old neighbors. In Piedmont homes are referred to by name, the name of the original homeowner. Even though a home could have had 3 different homeowners since the original homeowner or the one that just stuck in our minds during our childhood.

Here are just a few homes we sold in the neighborhood and brought from Lived In to Staged To Sell.

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80 Cambrian ( Remodeled the home and Leased it. ) Sue Tornlof, PHS

308 Sea View Avenue

7 St James Piedmont

148 Sandringham Road

180 Sandringham Road

199 St James Drive

148 Estates Drive

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If you are interested in a complimentary analysis and design consultation please do not hesitate to call. Adam and I are happy to stop by.

 

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Marketing A Home For Sale

Saturday, May 5, 2018
Debbi DiMaggio

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Exquisite Piedmont Mediterranean

Monday, March 12, 2018
Debbi DiMaggio

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Exquisite Piedmont Mediterranean

This stately Piedmont home has been lovingly maintained and updated throughout the years. This marvelous home boasts a central floor plan, a grand formal living room with built in armoires, a wood-burning fireplace, hardwood floors, and floor to ceiling windows. The adjacent family room with wrap around windows lead out through double doors to an expansive back deck, ideal for garden parties or lounging with friends and family. The galley kitchen boasts top of the line stainless appliances and extends to a cozy and cheerful breakfast room with banquet, and to the front of the home boasts the gracious dining room with a large picture window which looks out to lush gardens making entertaining a delight.

A bedroom and beautifully appointed bath, recently updated with Carrara marble and stainless finishes makes an ideal guest room or home office.

The lower level includes a laundry room and folding table which leads to the perfect teen room for late night movies and sleep overs. Ample storage behind the wall of doors will house all of your family treasures and more.

Consistent with a traditional floor plan, four bedrooms and three full baths complete the upper level. A large master suite, a private bedroom suite and the other two bedrooms share a bathroom, a Jack and Jill set up.

Hardwood floors, beautiful moldings and details, a wood burning fireplace, gorgeous landscaped grounds and a bedroom bath on the main level, are a few highlights of this lovely home.

Stop by and see for yourself.

308 Sea View Avenue is situated on one of Piedmont’s most sought after streets, and is home to Piedmont’s top-rated schools, K-12. Also convenient to the Montclair Village shops, restaurants and boutiques and just across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017
Debbi DiMaggio

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Nothing quite like taking a home from lived in, to staged to sell. The transformation is always heart-warming to me, and successful for the seller. Real Estate is one of your biggest assets, so improving your home for sale is crucial to realizing its potential and reaping the rewards.

Highland Before and After

Saturday, August 27, 2016
Debbi DiMaggio

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Before and After photographs of the historic Ghirardelli Mansion in Piedmont.

Piedmont is certainly home to top-rated schools, K-12 but more then that, anyone who resides in Piedmont knows Piedmont is more then a town, it’s a small community with spirit and passion. When you buy into Piedmont not only do you have the luxury of private fire and police departments dedicated to its citizens but you will come to enjoy a lifetime of connections and experiences.

Begin your legacy here just as we have.

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