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464 Dewey Blvd, San Francisco

Exterior (before): It was difficult to assess the foliage-encased home. Side walkways were nearly impassable, and the rear yard was overgrown beyond recognition. Pruning and debris removal had to happen before we could uncover the rear fence.

Exterior (after): Without even painting the exterior, we dramatically improved curb appeal and revived the handsome architectural appeal of this marina style 5-barrel window home. Landscaping, edging and painting the walkway made maximum difference at minimal cost and time investment.

Living room (before): Sections of walls were torn off, revealing old leaks. Hardwood floors were in ruins. A pest inspection confirmed our fears, extensive dry rot behind the exterior stucco which we’d have to disclose. Even more important to upgrade the appeal within our limited budget.

Living room (after): Our designer offset the warm orange of the wood floors with cool colors. The two-tone paint scheme highlighted the original design intent of this home, while allowing a contemporary look. Staging perfectly complemented paint colors and drew the eyes to the focal point, the fireplace.

Kitchen (before): Appliances didn’t work, we had no budget to replace them. Some cabinet doors were missing. The kick plate below the refrigerator was broken. Hardware was missing at the sink. Two competing wallpaper patterns, neither matched the tiled counter tops.

Kitchen (after): Our designer gets credit for this bold, deep blue, inspired by a hue in the countertop. She finished the cabinetry with new brushed nickel handles. With the open kitchen visible from the dining area, rear deck and other areas this refresh carried throughout for dramatic effect.

Bedroom #1 (before): Massive amounts of wallpaper—in the bedroom, as well as the kitchen, halls and beyond. No good could come of it.

Bedroom #1 (after): With wallpaper and window coverings removed, we found a lovely room underneath. We carried the same pleasant color theme into the hallway and other bedrooms for a consistent, breezy feel which buyers really responded to.

Bedroom #2 (before): Dull and drab, this room had been used as a library or sitting area. It required more than a clean-up to shine like the rest of the house.

Bedroom #2 (after): We converted this room back to its original use as a bedroom. The third bedroom was essential to attracting higher-paying buyers.

Back yard (before): Choked with foliage, this space was completely unusable. We didn’t know what we’d find after the plants were cut back.

Back yard (after): We were concerned about finding an expensive liability like a falling retaining wall when the space was cleared. But the retaining walls were sound and the space was wonderful. We replaced deck planks and supports, painted and projected a lovely lifestyle.

Front door (before): If there was ever a front entrance that said you’re not welcome, this was it.

Front door (after): Hello, this is the place you want to be.

Lower level (before): The rooms were packed with belongings the trustees had argued about for years.

Lower level (after): After weeks, nearly all the items were donated or disposed of. Neither trustee actually wanted the contents.

Lovely, open space in this polished 1920s home. No wonder it sold for $426,000 over asking.

Site Conditions

  • County records measured the home as a 3-bedroom, 1-bath home
  • Pest report revealed almost $70,000 in dry rot behind the stucco, a faulty shower pan and unsafe rear decks 
  • Estate had very limited funds, but fiduciary located money for repairs
  • Home next door listed for $1.395M with no offers, trustees to the sale were furious Craig wanted to list at $1.199M

The Numbers

  • Listed $1.199M
  • Sold $1.625M
  • Offers – 9
  • Days on market – 14

Results of Our Work

  • Confidently marketed the home as a 3 bed, 2.5 bath
  • Property stood out as a fierce competitor in the neighborhood, quickly received multiple offers and went into contract
  • Trustees were very happy and relieved

When There’s a Collection of Obstacles

Craig’s favorite aspect of this project was how confident the sellers were that they knew more than he did. It seems that they’d watched many seasons of home renovation shows on TV.

The property was unoccupied for several years while the trustees fought between themselves over personal property left in the home.

Craig took the listing with one condition—they were not to return to the home once the resurfacing work orders were signed. The professional fiduciary hired by the estate supported that request.

When the trustees learned we put the home into contract for $1.625 million, their anxiety melted away.

464 Dewey Blvd Resurfacing Plan

Exterior Landscaping$5,300Remove several overgrown trees from front, back and sides of home. Weed, edge and apply ground cover. Restore rear decks by replacing rotten wood members.
Interior Painting$5,000Bleach exterior rear and side surfaces. Caulk, prime and paint where stucco is cracked. Clean, prime and paint decks to a finished grade.
Interior Painting & Lighting $17,700Repair rot and damaged wall surfaces, patch and sand. Remove wallpaper. Paint entire interior, including kitchen cabinets. Designer color choice. Upgrade lighting throughout the home.
Bathroom Repairs$3,400Replace missing tiles and grout in both bathrooms. Apply epoxy coating to tile in one bathroom. All three bathrooms resurfaced to an acceptable appearance for marketing the home.
Professional Cleaning, Power Washing$1,300Clean all appliances, surfaces, bathroom, filters and lights. Wash windows inside and out. Power wash exterior brick staircase, mildew areas.
Total$32,700Work completed in 15 business days. Advance planning of 3 weeks to line up work, secure dates.

*Professional staging – $6,400 

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