Out and About: Half a measure isn’t enough

This photo makes my point that the kitchen looks fine at a glance. But the cabinets, countertop, floor and appliances are wanting.

Surely your parents and teacher suggested that there was no point in doing something if you didn’t do it well.

I have to wonder whether some sellers ever got that message.  They’ll slap on a coat of white paint, install low-grade appliance and add cheap cabinets to, as we say, fluff up a property.

Who do they think they are fooling?

While I am sure that what they have replaced was pretty objectionable and that the property looks superficially more saleable, Continue reading

A book’s cover can be quite revealing

The lobby of 180 W. 93rd St., a six-story building constructed in 1941 on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

When you walk into the lobby of a building, there is almost no limit to what you can infer.

With respect to monthly costs, you can be sure they will be high if you encounter a doorman, concierge and an elevator operator.  And if there is more than one entrance, common charges or maintenance fees will be that much higher.

Add impressive floral displays, computerized information monitors to indicate packages and such, more than one passenger elevator and an expansive space filled with expensive furniture, then you already know that you’ll need deep pockets to live there. Continue reading