“The Greening Of Southie” is a 2007 film about the construction of The Macallen Bulding, a $75 million luxury condominium tower rising 15 stories above the storied South Side of Boston, Massachusetts. It follows the varied experiences of those involved in the three-year project from the ground floor up. And the ground floor may be the perfect place to begin the greening of your home (for sale) too.
Watch Your Step!
The first thing that most people see as they enter your home is the flooring just beyond that first careful step through your front door. Don’t you look down rather than up as you enter an unfamiliar place? Buyers do too. And that means they will notice your floors (style, condition, and materials) before they see those new kitchen cabinets, freshly-painted interior walls, or meticulously renovated bathrooms.
Put Your Best Features Forward
The best way to ensure that your home will sell quickly is to play up its best features (See my “New Year’s Resolution To Sell Your Home: Accentuate The Positive!” blog posted December 30, 2010). The next is to make the most sought-after upgrades that also deliver the greatest return on investment. Flooring is a sensible place to start.
Conventional wisdom says that hardwood floors will help sell a home more quickly and that conventional carpeting – even new – does not necessarily impress potential buyers. True or False?
I’ll tell you the answer…in my next blog. Until then, I have a homework assignment for you: Take a constructively critical look at your home’s flooring and be ready with your evaluation when you come back to read my assessment of green flooring options.
And if you’ve got some time, you might want to check out that movie I mentioned. The goal of the construction team in “The Greening Of Southie” was to receive a Gold (LEED) rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. I won’t give away the ending but the outcome was surprising to both skeptics and believers alike. And you may be surprised at the ways that you can “go for the gold” by starting the “The Greening Of Your Housie” at the ground floor too.
Lara Taylor – Realtor/Broker
Twitter – @AskForLara