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Selling Your Home in Larchmont? Better Read This….





Last month, we talked about whether or not it’s a good idea to renovate your home before selling. The basic idea, of course, is not to spend more remodeling than you can recoup in the sale.

There’s no question that these days — more than ever before – buyers adore those turnkey, easy peasy houses — with updated appliances, often with a spare and open floorplan, neutral earth-tone paints and tile — where all they have to do is hang a few prints, scatter some rugs, and voila, home sweet home!

But most of us don’t live in houses like that. As visitors to my home may note, we’ve cultivated a comfortable “lived-in look,” also thanks to our three dogs. So what to do, if renovation isn’t in the stars?

Ask your real estate agent for advice. And here are fifteen tips to spiff up a home:

  1. Get rid of old wallpaper
  2. Take up linoleum on front entrances, hallways, etc.
  3. Paint interior of house and touch up the exterior blemishes
  4. Remove or replace worn carpeting
  5. Refinish floors
  6. Take down heavy curtains and drapes
  7. Remove “excess” furniture and knick-knacks
  8. Declutter, including the attic, basement, and garage
  9. Reimagine the front walkway and the “first impression” of your house: Add foundation plantings, cheerful pots of flowers, etc.
  10. Consider less expensive alternatives to a new kitchen: New cabinet pulls, new countertop, take up linoleum floor and refinish wood floor underneath, etc.
  11. Ditto for the bathrooms: Pop on a new toilet seat, faucets, hang an artsy mirror, and so on.
  12. Trade out unattractive light fixtures for inexpensive cool ones
  13. Make sure all windows are squeaky clean, letting in the light
  14. Consider hiring a professional stager
  15. When in doubt, keep it neutral: better bland than blaring


Thinking of putting your home on the market this Spring? Our active Spring selling season actually begins in February. So now is the ideal time to take on these projects.



September and October traditionally show an upswing in new listings and buyer activity, second only to the Spring market. But this year was a bit quieter than usual. What might that mean?   Probably a super active Spring, since interest rates will still be appealingly low.

Eight houses came on the market in October, with 3 going to contract within the month. 8 Cabot Road, with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, is the most affordable offering at $550,000. At the other end of the scale, is 33 Pryer Lane, listed at $1,695,000, with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths.

Seventeen houses went to contract. 40 Park Avenue, with 5 bedrooms and 4 baths, “that white house across from Manor Park” topped the chart with an asking price of $2,995,000. Edgewater Place was the local bargain at $399,000; this 3 bedroom, 1 bath house went under contract in 24 days.

Ten houses sold during this period. 107 Laurel Avenue (4 bedrooms, 3 baths), listed in May for $599,000, sold for $569,000. Three houses sold this month for $4 million or more. Topping the luxury sales was One Cedar Island, which last changed hands in 2012 for $4,925,000. Offered at $7,499,500, this 6 bedroom/8 bath house sold for $6,800,000 after 69 days on the market.

Megan McCarthy is a licensed real estate professional with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Larchmont, NY, and may be reached by email at or by cell: 914-309-4648.

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