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Transitional Style is In! 

According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association and 825 of their leading interior designers, the answer is YES! Most sellers live in a Tradition home but most buyers are looking for a Transitional style home.

The good news is The Casey Samson Team can provide home sellers free and cost effective ways to make the transition if you have not already done so.

Characteristics of a traditional home:

  • European influence. Elegance and comfort with antiques and classic pieces of art. Traditional design prides itself on harmony, order and it’s friendly charm.
  • Symmetry, almost everything comes in pairs.
  • Dark rich colors. Dark wood, rich tones and refined colors. Pairing bold accent colors with neutral walls.
  • Heavy window treatments with sheers and screens on all of the windows.
  • China cabinets and heavy knick knacks throughout.
  • Hardware and plumbing fixtures of gold or brass.
  • Old lighting fixtures give a way a homes age.
  • Regal furniture. Heavier furniture pieces, armchairs, high end fabrics usually chosen for upholstery including leather, velvet and silk.
  • Elegant furnishings such as candle holders, china, classic lamps, shades, vases, heavy curtains, drapes, oriental area rugs.

Characteristics of a preferred transitional home:

  • Transitional style takes the best elements from both contemporary and traditional design to create warm, elegant and timeless space.

“Transitional appeals to both the husband and wife providing us with the highest buyer pool.” Casey Samson

  • Neutral walls make for a great backdrop for furniture, accent decor, statement pieces and artwork. Neutral colors include tan, beige, taupe, ivory and grey. Benajmin Moore’s Revere Pewter is Kelly’s favorite!
  • Kitchens have stainless steel appliances, Quartz counters and white cabinets. Kitchens can easily be updated without large expense by changing hardware, plumbing and lighting fixtures.
  • Refined furnishing. Furnishings are a perfect blend between traditional and contemporary elements. You can play with colors in your upholstery, wall treatments and accessories.
  • Simple lines. Clean lines and simple architecture. Mix of straight and rounded profiles making it a nice balance of feminine and masculine design elements.
  • Natural elements. Rich wood to compliment the neutral color scheme. This style also incorporates quartz, stone, granite and marble which works perfectly with both contemporary and traditional style.
  • Neutral floors. Light hardwood floors and tiles are a popular choice. Just like with traditional design, rugs are used for a cozy touch.
  • Minimalism. Less accessories and elegant finishes.

Cost effective ways of converting a traditional style home into a transitional style home. 

10 No Cost Changes:

  1. Declutter
  2. Remove screens
  3. Remove window treatments
  4. Remove knick knacks
  5. Thin out book cases
  6. Remove old lamps
  7. Remove or thin out large furniture
  8. Remove all items from table tops and counters
  9. Remove any oriental rugs
  10. Remove silk and large plants

 

10 Minor Changes (Under $2000) with high ROI:

  1. New paint in 2018 colors with our preferred professional painter
  2. New rugs from Wayfair
  3. Modern mirrors from Home Depot
  4. Update plumbing fixtures from Home Depot in kitchen and baths
  5. Update lighting, especially recessed lighting or a new globe light in the kitchen or dining room
  6. New hardware on kitchen doors or in the bathrooms
  7. Optional: If you are buying new furniture for your next home, buy it now and showcase the home with newer furniture
  8. Replace large framed pictures with modern pieces from Home Goods or Wayfair for a few hundred dollars
  9. Power wash
  10. Fresh mulch and clean beds

Major Changes are only recommended in extreme circumstances:

  • Renovated kitchen and baths
  • Refinishing or changing hardwood floors
  • Our track record of selling our listings at 100.1% of our list price in an average of 24 days is unmatched by any other real estate team in the industry. Pricing and attention to detail are our keys to success. Contact The Casey Samson Team today.

The different between doing it the right and wrong could save sellers tens of thousands of dollars.

The Right Way:

The Casey Samson Team was contacted and evaluated the home.

  • The as-is value was $575,000.
  • Renovation was recommended and payment was deferred until settlement of $100,000.
  • The home sold for $765,000
  • additional profit to seller: $90.000

All Casey Samson Team renovations sold in the first weekend for more than expected.

The Wrong Way:

  • The Casey Samson Team was called in after a $300,000 renovation
  • The home sold for $150,000 more than unrenovated homes in the neighborhood
  • The sellers overbuilt the neighborhood.

The tale of two neighbors

  • A seller called in The CST to help turn their home from a Traditional home to a Transitional home, which we did for less than $10,000.
  • They received $917,000 in the first weekend with no home inspection items.
  • Their next door neighbors also called the CST to sell within 6 months.
  • They had the same size, age and style home.
  • The decided not to make any changes or list at recommended price.
  • Their home sold in 4 months for $855,000 with $12,000 in home inspection repairs.
  • 6 frustrating months and a loss of $74,000

The Casey Samson Team are experts at pricing and preparing a home for sale to maximize your profit.

Contact Casey before making any renovations. 703-508-2535