• Erin McGinnis

Million-Dollar Listing is Back in Traditions, Hamilton: See What it Took

Team McGinnis just dols 26 Hayford Court in Novato
26 Hayford Court in Novato. 4bd | 3ba | Loft | 2,157 +/- sf

26 Hayford Court in Novato sold this month (July 2019) for $1,000,000. It sold in 4 days and was the first million-dollar sale in almost a year in the Traditions neighborhood in Hamilton Field.

We represented the sellers, who had been using the house as a rental property recently. (And who by the way are the most wonderful people and so easy to work with!) Like most sellers, they wanted top dollar, and they knew the house needed some updating and repairs.

The biggest issue that we needed to fix was the flooring. There was water damage to the wood floors in the kitchen from an old leak. Although the leak was repaired, the floors were in bad shape and repairing/refinishing wasn't an option.

We suggested they install high-quality laminate flooring. It looks and feels much like engineered wood and it is cost effective.

The sellers live hours away, so as part of our service we oversee all home improvement projects like this. Choosing the flooring color was the critical next step. It definitely needed to coordinate with the kitchen counter tops.

The counters are a taupe color. I searched for some inspiration photos online and this is what I decided to copy:

I got some samples from the flooring store and found the perfect one!

The next step was choosing new carpet for the upstairs, then the right paint color to coordinate with all the floors and counter tops.

Benjamin Moore Collingwood was the right color. I use big paint sample boards so we can really see the color.

Fortunately, we could use the same color paint throughout the house because the tile in the bathrooms (which was not changing) matched.


BEFORE: Damaged floors, olive green paint that didn't work well with the taupe counters, fridge that was too small for the opening


Totally on-trend!


BEFORE: Dirty carpet, minor drywall replacement underway, olive green paint


Light and airy is the look buyers want now. We staged the entire house

Here is what the sellers, John and Stephanie Shouse, said about our service:

"Kevin and Erin are a team made in heaven. We got to know them through open houses in our neighborhood and recognized them as specialists in our area.  We appreciated Erin's eye and took her advice on upgraded bathroom fans and other remodeling suggestions she made regarding our house at a time in which we had no intention of moving or selling. 

When the time came to sell our home, Erin's decorator knowledge for what our house needed was invaluable.  Kevin and Erin pointed us to flooring and paint contractors and frequently helped us with communication in our absence. 

Erin staged our home beautifully. Kevin worked on the business end of selling the house and he kept us informed of each stage of the process and completed all the necessary steps.  At every turn working with them both was a dream.  We give them our highest recommendation."

If you are thinking of selling, please call Team McGinnis today! 415-725-1911