February 1, 2008: Ladue, MO --- Sinn Design Build has been featured in today's issue of The Wall Street Journal in June Fletcher's Home Front Column titled "The Eleventh Hour Upgrade". The article explores how and why a number of homeowners across the country are opting to remodel before putting their homes on the market.
Fletcher's article states "An online poll of 445 contractors conducted last week for The Wall Street Journal by ServiceMagic, a national contractor referral service in Golden, Colo., indicates last minute reovating is propping up a sizable chunk of the remodeling industry. According to the poll, 26% of contractors said they had been contacted in the past year by prospective home sellers looking to do substantial work."
Tricia Sinn, co-owner of Sinn Design Build, was interviewed for this article:
"Tricia Sinn, a Ladue, Mo., remodeler who recently oversaw a seller's $24,000 last minute redo, says rather than splurge on major upgrades, it is often better to remove aging window treatments and other dated features and to selectively replace worn and 'icky' items such as countertops, shower doors and hardware. 'A comprehensive, clean look is better than one newly renovated area,' she says. The house she worked on sold at the first open house for $645,000 --- $4900 less than the asking price."
During the interview with Fletcher, Tricia explained that many sellers make the mistake of spending all of their money on one room, like a kitchen, which only serves to leave the rest of the home looking worn and dated.
Tricia advocates doing a thorough review of the home, identifying what the objection points are, then creating an action plan to address these objection points. She says that in many cases, painting, replacing a countertop and perhaps some appliances and fixtures can make a big difference.
She also warns owners that when preparing a home to sell, don't do projects or select materials just because YOU like them. Homeowners must make choices that appeal to the "masses" of buyers.
About Sinn Design Build
Founded in 1989 by Frank and Tricia Sinn, Ladue-based Sinn Design ▪ Build is a custom homebuilder and renovator that creates inspired designs with impeccable quality and attention to detail. For more information, visit www.sinndesignbuild.com.