September 18, 2014
Think of Your Customer as Peter Pan
From the New York Times:
Things like grab bars and anti-slip mats installed for older homeowners won’t appeal to most people. “Today’s buyers aren’t attracted to things like that,” said Corinne Pulitzer, an associate broker at Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Manhattan, explaining that someone else’s fixtures make it more difficult for buyers to imagine themselves living there.
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at September 18, 2014 02:35 PM
“I would highly recommend removing them,” she said, “because they’re easily removed, and it just eliminates a distraction and a conversation you don’t want to have.”
Cause the population's NOT aging?
You have to discern between wall-mounted grab-bars and ceiling-mounted grab-bars. Wall-mounted is win-win, ceiling-mounted is ga-ga. People just don't want to feel like being in hospital. Makes them sleepless at night because of the cost-benefit ratio.
And get all those trapezes and leg lifters out of the bedroom, too.
There's a whole new community of people called "stagers" who are devoted to making apartments on the market in New York look generic. They insist that photographs get taken off dressers so that nobody will wonder who lives there. They replace costly furniture with cheap stuff that is deliberately chosen for its blandness. They'll take down a Picasso and put up a painting made by a machine. Beige is the new everything. I hadn't heard about the anti-grab bar craze, but it fits with the rest of the generalized insanity.
The best I have to say about staging is that it gives work to otherwise unemployable and talentless interior decorators.
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