Shopping for a second home or selling one? You’re part of a growing trend, according to Paul Boomsma, President of Chicago-based real estate firm Luxury Portfolio International.
During a workshop organized by luxury marketing expert Steve Nobel of New York’s Nobelinks, Paul told a group of interior designers and realtors that second home sales are surging! Why? People have weathered the financial crisis and are thinking about spending more time than ever with family so they can build lasting memories.
But before you sign the closing papers, who do you call? Most buyers would think to bring in a home inspector to check the plumbing and wiring, but how about an interior designer?
Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, the best time to start working with an interior designer is before the deal is done. Interior designers understand the possibilities. We can easily see past the current furnishings in a home and have an appreciation for its bones or structure.
For buyers and sellers, we can help point out interior design elements that add value to the home, like the recently renovated, timeless white kitchen…and those elements that don’t, like the yucky old hall bathroom that still has an olive green toilet.
We can help both sides see the design potential in a home and evaluate how to spend their design dollars wisely. We’re experts at knowing the rough costs to renovate versus update a master bathroom, add hardwood floors, upgrade kitchen countertops to granite, tile a laundry room or gut a mudroom.
Even if the property is partially or fully furnished – and most vacation homes are sold that way – an interior designer can start thinking about ways to update and personalize it for the buyer without necessarily starting fresh. We know what furnishings can stay and be repurposed and what artwork, rugs and lamps need to be kicked to the curb.
This kind of early planning speeds up the move-in process, too. If you start working with an interior designer before you close we can create floor plans and color palettes, order furniture or specify materials to get the project moving so you can start sharing experiences with friends and family as soon as possible.
As a recent second homeowner myself – I just bought a second office/residence in the Gold coast – I know how eager people are to move into their pied-a-terre or vacation home and start having fun. I couldn’t wait!
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