July 27, 2021

Painting Before Selling Pays


If you’re thinking of selling your home, painting it is one of the easiest and most cost effective things you can do to help it sell faster and for more. I think most people understand that painting will help but most sellers I come across don’t give it a second thought. However, there are some numbers to back up the claim.


HomeGain did a survey in 2012 that suggested that painting the interior of your home results in a 107% gain on your cost and the exterior in a 55% return. If both are done, that’s a 162% gain above your costs. Put in $1.00 and get back $2.62. 




Don’t Have or Don’t Want to Spend the Money?


Sometimes, having the money to paint in the first place is an issue. Well there are painters and handymen out there willing to accept partial payment up front and then the balance of the payment through the sale of the property. In fact, I just had that situation for one of my sellers. 



Real World Cost/Profit Example


Without the paint and other work done, it would’ve been a really hard sell. It was an older house in a so-so neighborhood (even being right on the ocean). Their painting costs for the interior and exterior were $12,000 but only 30%, or $3,600, was paid upfront. The rest, they agreed to pay at closing to the painter. According to the survey results, they got back $31,500 (162% gain) for a profit of $19,500. That number sounds right to me.



Your Home Will Sell Faster Too


Let’s go back to the comment “it would’ve been a really hard sell.” As it was, we were dealing with unappealing neighbors and a “so-so” neighborhood. I had recently seen properties in that small association sit for over a year without selling. Unless we had priced ourselves extremely low, we would’ve been there too. As it was, it took us about 2 months to find a buyer. Not bad by the community baseline.


That was a somewhat dramatic example of a house that was pretty rough and not in the best neighborhood. A lot of people are dealing with a house that looks ok and in an ok neighborhood. Guess what? It works just as well for you. Even if the difference isn’t as dramatic, if your house, interior or exterior could benefit from a fresh coat of paint, you should do it! Even if you’re not getting the full 162% return, your house will appear cleaner and more desirable which will help it to sell faster and for a higher price.




Interior Colors to Use/Avoid


Admittedly, this is more of a general range instead of a specific list. For the interior, light and neutral colors are the way to go. That means, whites, tans, grays. Since they go with a broad range of furnishings it’s easier for buyers to envision their stuff in your home.


There are a couple of tricks here. If you want to make a room seem bigger, go with a light color and match the trim with the wall color. If you want to make it smaller, paint the room a warmer or darker color. To give it a little pop, you could also go with white trim against a different color wall. That may not be the pattern to follow for the whole interior, but a small reading nook for example, with that white trim and different color walls can create a memorable space in a buyer's mind.


So, the interior color scheme depends in part on your goals with the space. While the light and neutral colors are your go-to's, there’s room for more.




Exterior Colors to Use/Avoid


For the exterior of your house, the commonly accepted strategy is no more than three colors. For example, the main part of your house would be one color, the trim and garage door a different color and a third color might be used on your front door to give that bit of pop to your house.


This advice is more often followed in the mainland and less so in Hawaii. We tend to see two toned color schemes a bit more often here. As mentioned above, the difference between two and three colors in your exterior scheme is usually a pop of color on a door to give the house a bit of character.

As far as color’s go, the exterior is open to a wider variety of colors. So, instead of a range of colors to use, it may be more useful to use an avoid list. In this case, bright and pastel colors are usually not a good idea as the main colors for your house. Most buyers aren’t looking for the same colors they use to paint their kids Easter eggs. It’s not that bright and pastels can’t look good in the right situation, but if you’re painting to sell, you’re trying to appeal to the largest group possible. Sticking to light, neutral, or dark colors usually works best for that purpose. 



A Final Note


This advice should do you well for a while. But remember that color trends change. I don’t see them changing all that dramatically anytime soon but it’s a good idea to get on Google or Pinterest before you paint and take a look at what’s going on in the house color world.


Lastly, Hawaii tends to stick to the two toned patterns that I mentioned so it’s not incredibly difficult to stand out with just a little pop of color somewhere in your home. Talk with your painter or again, look to Google and Pinterest for ideas. A little character can go a long way when it comes to selling your home.

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Oct. 29, 2020

Luxury Auctions are the New Way to Sell


Luxury auctions are quickly becoming the next big way to buy unique properties. But what exactly are the benefits and why do people love them?  For one reason, it’s quicker than the traditional process. On top of that, luxury auctions provide fair pricing for both buyer and seller, making sure that the value of the property being passed on is well maintained. It makes the buying process just as exciting as if you were to go to any other auctioning process. 


As Staples Realty and Concierge Auctions strive to choose one of a kind, luxury homes, these properties are often highly valued and greatly appreciated without sitting empty. Through this process, within 60 days, most of these modern mansions can be sold and the key handed to the new owner! With a database of over 650,000 potential buyers and testimonials from many who have enjoyed this new style, it’s no wonder that luxury auctions are gaining popularity.


Staples Realty and Concierge Auctions provide the way for a headache-free, fun to try method for selling your home. Still have questions? Get in touch with Staples Realty through our website today! 

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Dec. 1, 2019

EASY Home Improving Tips Holiday Edition

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Oct. 24, 2019

5 Tips And Tricks To Keep Your Home Cleaner Longer

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Oct. 12, 2019

Getting Your Home Ready for Trick-or-Treaters


Getting Your Home Ready for Trick-or-Treaters


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As we settle into fall, many of us start looking forward to Halloween. It’s a holiday adults can enjoy as much as kids. But, homeowners do have one serious obligation on this fun night: If you expect trick-or-treaters, you must make sure the path to your door is a safe one.


Take no trips

Inevitably, some giddy ghosts and ghouls will race excitedly to your door. Be prepared.


In the full light of day, inspect your lawn, driveway and front path for trip hazards like exposed tree roots, cracks in concrete or missing pavers. Make repairs where possible, or, at the very least, cut off access to unsafe areas.


Meanwhile, if you’ve decorated the front yard with decorations like light-up pumpkins and animated figures, keep electrical cords away from your walkways.


Light the way

Make sure the path to your house is bright enough for trick-or-treaters to approach safely.


You don’t need to install a full suite of year-round landscape lighting simply to accommodate visitors on Halloween night. There are plenty of temporary and affordable options for illumination, from glow sticks to tea lights.


And although it may seem more in keeping with the mood of this spooky night to switch off your porch light, it’s much safer — not to mention more inviting — to keep it on.


Resist flammable decor

Whether vandals or accidents are to blame, there are many more fires on Halloween than a typical October night, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Holiday decorations are often quite flammable, involving materials such as paper, hay and dried cornstalks.


If you can’t resist adorning your home and yard with such potentially dangerous items, then be sure to keep them away from candles and other heat sources. If jack-o’-lanterns or luminaries figure into your celebrations, illuminate them using LED tea lights, not open flames.


Curb your dog

Chances are yours is a friendly dog. But if some Halloween costumes are convincing enough to frighten small children, those same get-ups could be equally disturbing to your pooch — particularly on such a high-energy night.


It’s good sense to contain your dog in an indoor space that’s comfortable and secure.


A festive parade of goblins and ghouls, princesses and superheroes will soon be marching to your house. Do your part by clearing the path and lighting the way. Be safe out there, and have a happy Halloween!


Source: Bobvila.com. https://www.zillow.com/blog/halloween-home-safety-tips-160667/


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Aug. 23, 2019

Pupukea Mo'olelo



Pupukea Mo'olelo

There is a stone in Pupukea on the mountain side near Waimea known as the Piliaama stone which has a natural depression on it, said to have been made by a crab. One day a handsome man of low social status lived in the area passed by an Ali'i woman who became captivated by his looks.  As she moved towards him he would move away until he took off running which she gave chase.   When she had almost caught up to him he leaped off a rock and vanished and the only thing that remained was his footprint in the stone which resembled a crab.

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Aug. 15, 2019

5 Natural ways to get rid of pests around your home

Mice and Rats

All you need is a large glass or ceramic bowl and a half a cup of peanut oil and you can create a very effective mouse trap.  Mice and rats are attracted to the smell of the peanut oil and once they fall into the bowl they can't escape the slippery walls of the bowl.  




By putting a bowl of water next to a light you can eliminate a few hundred termites within minutes.  In the evenings, winged termites are highly attracted to light and end up flying into the water’s reflection.


Fruit Flies

An effective way to trap fruit flies is to fill a cup with a small amount of vinegar and jam then secure the top with plastic wrap and make small holes in it for the flies to enter.  Fruit flies eat rotting fruit so this trap is sure to attract them!


Yellow Jackets/Hornets/Wasps

To make an effective wasp trap you first have to get a plastic bottle (2L works best) then cut the top 1/4 off.  Place the top in the bottle as shown above and fill the bottle with sugar water.  You’ll be amazed at how effective this trap can be!



An easy way to catch and kill mosquitoes is to first build the wasp trap as explained above but instead of filling the bottle with sugar water, fill it with fresh water and yeast.  Mosquitoes can follow the scent of carbon dioxide that the yeast produces from over 20 ft. away then unknowingly fall into the water.  Alternatively you can also plant citronella which is a natural mosquito repellent. 



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