before kitchen

This past Saturday team Etobicokehomes4sale did what they often do on a Saturday morning, watched HGTV. Sarah’s House was on.  Kathy has followed Sarah Richardson avidly for some years and enjoys seeing her take what can be described as a fixer-upper and well, fix-it-up. Personally my favourite was season three which featured the over-hauling of an old farmhouse. Sarah doubled the size of the house and made the most fantastic country escape.

We watched the Grand Finale of season one where Sarah took a home in Rosedale she purchased for $580, 000. A little research revealed to us that another house on the street sold for $1, 179,000 that same year. The difference between the two being that the one Sarah bought backed onto the train tracks and the other was located on the opposite side of the street.

After 8 months and extensive renovations to the interior and exterior of the house Sarah put the house back on the market listing it for $1.16m. Despite the one obvious setback (the train tracks directly behind the property) the house sold for $1.2m. Due to the quality work and attention to detail Sarah is known for she took a house from less than $600k to $1.2m in less than a year. Granted she put approximately $420k into the renovations. Subsequently the house has sold twice and the value has increased slightly each time.

The location has to be a huge factor in the property having been sold 3 times in less than 5 years with the selling price only having increased by $118k since Sarah sold it in 2007.

This is the perfect example of location, location location being key. At the same time it is a prime example of how some tender love and care (ahem- hefty bank account) can easily take a dull house and make it brilliant.

Below is the before of the house when Sarah first bought it. It was nearly impossible to find an after of the exterior so you will have to be contented with a link to Sarah’s house featuring after shots of the interior.