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Tobi TV: Tips to Add Value to Your Home

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It’s time to get those houses ready for the holidays! But once the holidays are over, your house can look like a wreck – and that’s where this episode of Tobi TV comes in! This week, I’m bringing you another great set of tips from one of my Mastermind Consulting Group members! Each of the members has a terrific niche that gives them a unique viewpoint – and Kathleen DiPaolo of Kathleen DiPaolo Designs in Costa Mesa, Calif., is known as a “Property Solver.”

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Having flipped more than 300 houses (wow!), Kathleen knows just how to solve the problems of a “tired,” well-loved home and how to really work with the “bones” to create lovely interiors. So today on Tobi TV, Kathleen is going to share her top three tips for how YOU can add value to your home. Let’s take a look:

See what I mean? She has GREAT ideas for adding value to your home! Let’s recap those smart tips:

1. Get the clutter out! Clutter encloses a space. You add usable square footage when you clear out the junk. It can make your home look like you remodeled just by doing some editing!

2. Make repairs. Fix that leaky faucet. Paint the wall with the chipped paint in the kitchen. It gives your home a new look and keeps the questions like “What’s behind that chipped paint wall?” at bay.

3. Paint! A fresh coat of paint goes a long way. Everyone wants a fresh-looking house because a fresh-looking house looks like a NEW house, which gives a home value.

I really love these tips from Kathleen and I hope you do too! Leave a comment and let me know what you think of this video and be sure to share it with your friends who want to add value to their homes! Stay tuned for more tips from other talented members of my Mastermind Consulting Group, coming to Tobi TV soon!









Mastermind Spotlight: Kathleen DiPaolo

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Kathleen DiPaolo is a jack of all trades AND a master of many! She has succeeded in several distinct careers and like me, she brings an MBA to her creative endeavors. Here’s a bit more about this talented member of my Deluxe Mastermind Consulting group and some gorgeous images of her work!


After earning degrees in art history and Italian studies, she landed a job at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and later—after adding an MBA to her credentials—worked for Disney Store, managing its art and collectibles business. After marrying and buying her first home, she earned a real estate broker’s license. With that, she began buying, fixing up and selling houses (she’s flipped over 300 homes!)—and that led to interior design.


“About three years ago, I had my a-ha moment: Why not combine everything?” Kathleen says. “When I meet with clients, I want to know the value of the home in the area (with my real estate broker’s license) so I can design their interiors (interior design) to maximize their return on investment (MBA). It is the puzzle that I try to solve every time I meet with a new client.”

It’s no wonder Kathleen calls herself “the Property Solver.”


“My greatest triumph was niching my business,” says Kathleen, who’s enjoying her first year in my Tobi Fairley Deluxe Mastermind program. “Once I figured out who I was and why I was different from all of the other designers out there, I felt as though everything clicked!”


Kathleen’s business—Kathleen DiPaolo Designs in Costa Mesa, Calif.—is never static. Last year, she shifted her pricing structure from hourly to fee-based. “When I determined why it was a win-win for my clients and for me, it stopped me from being fearful of explaining my value. You can’t do anything when you are fearful.”


This year, Kathleen is launching fabric and finial lines. She is also expanding her website to better proclaim her unique selling proposition. And then there’s the trip to Morocco that she’s on as we speak. “I am dying to see the colors, textures, shops, people—everything!” she says. “Traveling inspires my core.”


Stay tuned for more amazing accomplishments from the Property Solver, Kathleen DiPaolo! She just may have the keys to maximizing the value of your home.

Thanks for joining me for this Mastermind Spotlight. I love highlighting talent, creativity and gorgeous design.


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