All In a Day’s Work: Solving Real-Life, Real Estate Problems for Our Clients

Breathing New Life Into an Old Home

Problem: Unexpectedly, the owner of a large colonial in Newton had to move into a nursing home and her siblings were tasked with selling her home. She had lived in the house for many decades and it was packed to the gills with possessions.  The whole place needed brightening up, including the furnishings — which were dated and didn’t show off the home’s excellent bones. The owner’s brother, who took charge of the process, lived in another state, which added another layer of complexity to the sale.


Solution:  Over the years, Marie Presti has put together a network of top-notch, trusted professionals to assist her with every aspect of preparing clients’ homes for sale. She hired a downsizing expert who helped the Presti team clear out the home — donating to charities and gifting to neighbors those things with value, while filling several dumpsters with the rest. Presti hired painters to refresh the rooms, a cleaner to do a top-to-bottom scrub and shine, and landscapers to lend the property curb appeal.  Presti also enlisted a stager to give the interior a fresh, up-to-date, tasteful look, using some of the homeowner’s furniture and bringing in the rest.

The Result: The home showed beautifully and the cost of the spruce up paid off many times over. The home had several offers and sold for considerably above the asking price. 

All in a Day’s Work: Solving Real-Life, Real Estate Problems for our Clients is a regular feature brought to you by Marie Presti of the Presti Realty Group. Our agents specialize in luxury homes, rehabilitations, multi-families and condominiums in urban, suburban and exurban areas throughout the Greater Boston area. Marie Presti is a Certified Negotiation Expert. For more information, visit