Now to look INSIDE and see how we managed to appeal so quickly to our buyer (First buyer I might add)
BEFORE – This bedroom needed a clear purpose (Room A)
After - Wow now that’s a room that could tap into our heart (Room A)
Before - The master bedroom should be luxurious and restful (Room B)
After – Draw inspiration from magazines or luxury hotels… remember how gorgeous bedrooms make you feel try to give your buyer that same feeling so they love the space and want it to be theirs. (Room B)
Before – Master Bedroom En-suite needs to be a little memorable, it’s an important room for the “BUYERS”
After - En suite Now has a touch of sophistication and class. Take inspiration from a SPA, magazine or Classy Hotel.
Before – a spare bedroom that needed to pack a punch as it is first to be seen (Room C) Unfortunately I don’t have the before photo but it was 2 singles beds with side by side either side of window with traditional old style covers.
AFTER – We chose a Nautical theme that flowed through the home as it had a sea view and suited the style well. Plus we could get our hands on items that set that theme… and that often determines the décor. The first room to be seen upon entering a house must make the buyer suddenly even more keen to see the rest! (Room C)
Before – Kitchen/Dining An area where you need to show ample space. We need to take lots of “things” away so the Kitchen can be the Star of the show. Take away bench top appliances/papers/calendars etc.
After – A sleek kitchen that shows well. Lemons and San Pelligrino they just usually work.
Unfortunately I don’t get many before and after photo’s because I’m not actually doing the physical changes myself. I always love it when my customers very proudly send me their After photos. I tend to send back advice because I spot something they have missed every time, so when I walk out the door I don’t forget about you – always here to help.
This home below was a last minute job – This couple had the Real Estate Agent come over they signed up and then they.. sorry not they … the wife (the husband wasn’t convinced it would make a big difference- stay tuned) anyway so I get this call begging me to squeeze the job in that next day as they had the photographer booked the following day and the first prospects due the day after. I was only working a few days a week as I had my young son and that particular day I had him on my own. To add to it all she is my sister in law and I have a very firm rule not to work for friends and family… it’s just too easy to offend someone you know… and so I explained all that too, but it was just not going to stop her despair so I said ok but be prepared for a transformation and it’s not going to be easy.
So the key challenges we had ( other than baby)
- This house had no provision for a dining room and the couple did not have one
- No curtains or window treatments which can be harsh and a bit cold looking
- colours quite hard to work with and no real colour scheme
- bedroom B used as an office and spare room/stashing space.
- bedroom C with a sheet as a curtain
- bedroom A that just needed help to become a sanctuary for rest
The DIY Solutions
- We borrowed a dining room table/chairs (beg/borrow… don’t steal) you’ll be surprised what your friends and family have and people love to be helpful.
- Buying curtains wasn’t an option within the budget and all agreeing would have been a nightmare so I ended up finding a lush warm cream rug at Briscoes on sale and some throw cushions (all purchased with in a huge rush with Baby in tow, we had no time to look at more than 1 shop) so maybe we could have done better but sometimes its about making the best of what you have or can get. Placed under the coffee table and in front of the gas fire helped to draw the attention away from the windows to the warm and inviting living room.
- I can’t even describe the colour of the couch and they had some red also which did not go well with the couch colour. To find cushions wasn’t easy and I don’t feel I found perfect cushions but they were better than the cow pattern fluffy ones before!!! You need to always work with the colours you have not what you like if it doesn’t tone in.
AFTER: Kitchen, Piano area
- Bedroom B was given a clear purpose, we had to take everything out and find the floor and all of a sudden the depressing office come spare bedroom has transformed itself into a child’s bedroom. This house was an entry level home so it was likely that the buyer would have children or eventually have them. You must think of your target market.
After : We turned this into a child’s bedroom, the couple did not have children but their target market would likely have children or be coming into that stage of life. Again the bedroom comforter was borrowed.
- Bedroom c had a old sheet tacked up as a makeshift curtain and even though we couldn’t replace it with anything we make the room a bit more cosy by giving it a lamp for mood lighting and a better presented bed. Again the cushions and the rug are not perfect but if you make the best of what you have you decide which was better… before or after.
- Bedroom A had become a dumping ground and the busy couple probably hardly spent time there, we needed to make people feel like the master bedroom was a great place to escape to at the end of a day. The key to a master bedroom is that it’s focus is the bed and it’s a place we like a bit luxurious. The duvet and cushions were borrowed and we removed the bulky furniture that wasn’t helping the room to feel spacious. Do not be scared of clear space it allows the buyer to feel there is plenty of room for their own things. Never use a bedspread that is associated with a fan club. It will not look good – ever!!
AFTER : This room needed to be a bit more glamorous. Be careful not to be too feminine or masculine
Thankfully the landscaping was great thanks to them owing ACE Landscapes
So you’ll remember the husband not thinking it would make much difference? He was happy his wife went ahead and got me in. This took a whole day and into the night to be honest but it got done and guess what- they had 2 or 3 OFFERS IN THE FIRST WEEK!!!! They sold for ASKING PRICE!!! Now that is a MASSIVE SUCCESS!!! You can see that making people fall in love makes them less likely to niggle about the price and it makes them want it right now in case they miss it.
Below is the testimonial about this property:
Their Real Estate Agent’s thoughts
I wish to congratulate Helana for helping me conclude a great result for my vendor and the buyer, without the home staging the professional photographer would have had a hard time making a house into a fabulous home.
I highly recommend getting DIY Home Staging to help you present any property ready for sale, using what you already have to its best potential. Not only does it increase the value of the property, it allows me the selling agent to show off the home to its fullest potential.
Thank you again Helana another great job done.
- The first buyer to view, fell in love with the home so did the second buyers which resulted in a multi offer.
Immediately after I had listed the home I called in Helana from DIY Home Staging all this took place within 2 days. The house was almost unrecognisable from the previous visit, I knew it was likely going to sell fast having such a fantastic presentation.
We had multiple offers in the first couple of days and a very solid accepted offer within the week. The sale went through and we obtained the asking price for our vendor. I highly recommend getting DIY Home Staging to help you present your home ready for sale, using what you already have to its best potential.
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