Before & After

Mairangi Bay - Listed and sold in a couple of days!

Mairangi Bay – Listed and sold in a couple of days!

 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)

This room was the ironing / sewing / excersiing / extra closet space room... oh and drying room.

Formerly used as the ironing / sewing / exercising / extra closet space room… oh and drying room….But remember how we live in our house isn’t always the best for selling.

  After - Wow now that’s a room that could tap into our heart (Room A)

A beautifully presented child's room.

A beautifully presented child’s room. 

 Before - The master bedroom should be luxurious and restful (Room B)

We needed to give this bedroom some LOVE!

We needed to give this bedroom some LOVE!

 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)

Simple yet classy and very inviting. A restful lovely space.

Simple yet classy and very inviting. A restful lovely space.

 Before – Master Bedroom En-suite needs to be a little memorable, it’s an important room for the “BUYERS” 

It looks like there is not enough room with so many things... Get rid of any ick factor (toilet brush,mats)

It looks like there is not enough room with so many things… Get rid of any ick factor (toilet brush,mats)

Try make this space special.

Try make this space special. 

After - En suite Now has a touch of sophistication and class. Take inspiration from a SPA, magazine or Classy Hotel.

Shine those taps and ensure the soap is decent quality and NEW!

Shine those taps and ensure the soap is decent quality and NEW!

Tie in colours if you are using them. Sometimes white is the best but this Coral looked great!

Tie in colours if you are using them. Sometimes white is the best but this Coral looked great

If space is limited around bath, keep it simple.

If space is limited around bath, keep it simple

Perfectly folded towels and sparkling white bath mat casually hung on bath

Perfectly folded towels and sparkling white bath mat casually hung on bath

A little Trick to make the towels stay perfectly folded -Safety Pins. make sure both sides are folded in.

A little Trick to make the towels stay perfectly folded -Safety Pins. make sure both sides are folded in.

 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)

We took a bed out to use in the "child's" room and make this into a eye catching Nautical room.

We took a bed out to use in the “child’s” room and made this into an eye catching Nautical room.

 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.

Don't be afraid of some clear spaces - people need to feel they have more than enough room.

Don’t be afraid of some clear spaces – people need to feel they have more than enough room.

Take care to remove EYE Clutter - people get distracted so easily.

Take care to remove EYE Clutter – people get distracted so easily.

 After – A sleek kitchen that shows well. Lemons and San Pelligrino they just usually work. 

Notice how much bigger it looks and how removing the things above the cabinets it looks more modern.

Notice how much bigger it looks and how removing the things above the cabinets it looks more modern. How much better does that glassware look in the cupboard now! GORGEOUS!

You'll notice some furniture has vanished! Don't be afraid to move it around the house. That clock was in the entry!

You’ll notice some furniture has vanished! Don’t be afraid to move it around the house. That clock was in the entry!

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.

see here is my son who had to tag along for the day - DIY Home Staging challenge

see here is my son who had to tag along for the day – DIY Home Staging challenge

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.

    DIY Home Staging - we borrowed a table/ chairs to create a dining room

    DIY Home Staging – we borrowed a table/ chairs to create a dining room

 

  • 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.

    To add warmth use soft furnishings like throw cushions and rugs. Curtains would have been ideal but you do the best with what it in your budget.

    To add warmth use soft furnishings like throw cushions and rugs. Curtains would have been ideal but you do the best with what it in your budget.

  • 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.
    The cow bean bag and cushions had to go while selling.

    The cow bean bag and cushions had to go while selling.

    AFTER: Kitchen, Piano area

  • Look at show homes and make your kitchen look picture perfect!

    Look at show homes and make your kitchen look picture perfect!

    DIY Home Staging I think you made a difference!!

    DIY Home Staging I think you made a difference!!

  • 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.
    This was a space used for many things - no clear purpose and almost depressing to look at.

    This was a space used for many things – no clear purpose and almost depressing to look at.

    This was before we turned the office back into a bedroom - 3 bedrooms is more important than 2 and an office.

    This was before we turned the office back into a bedroom – 3 bedrooms is more important than 2 and an office.

    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.

    This bedroom now has a clear identity

    This bedroom now has a clear identity

  • 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.

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    bedroom before DIY Home Staging rescued it

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    The aim was to make this room an inviting space that people could imagine letting their guests stay in. We put a picture on the wall also to draw attention away from the window,

  • 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!!
    This not at all a room you could relax in. We have to transform this. Too much furniture also.

    This not at all a room you could relax in. We have to transform this. Too much furniture also.

     

Changed around but plenty to fix yet.

Changed around but plenty to fix yet.

AFTER : This room needed to be a bit more glamorous. Be careful not to be too feminine or masculine

Now this is more appealing isn't it. A bit romantic but not overly feminine. You need the master bedroom to be a bit sexy. No two ways about it. Everyone wants romance so you need the buyer to think they will have just that if they live there.

Now this is more appealing isn’t it. A bit romantic but not overly feminine. You need the master bedroom to be a bit sexy. No two ways about it. Everyone wants romance so you need the buyer to think they will have just that if they live there.

notice we have removed some of the bulky furniture. make the bedroom look spacious - not bare though

notice we have removed some of the bulky furniture. make the bedroom look spacious – not bare though

notice in  the both rooms you can see the lamps on, always put them on even in the day for showing. It gives a glow that adds to the relaxing atmosphere you want a bedroom to give.

notice in the both rooms you can see the lamps on, always put them on even in the day for showing. It gives a glow that adds to the relaxing atmosphere you want a bedroom to give.

 

 

Thankfully the landscaping was great thanks to them owing ACE Landscapes

don't overlook landscaping - this luxurious landscaping adds such value - make sure it's in pristine order

don’t overlook landscaping – this luxurious landscaping adds such value – make sure it’s in pristine order

Well planned landscaping adds texture and movement - look at the shadows - fab!

Well planned landscaping adds texture and movement – look at the shadows – fab!

 

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.

Pamela Cox, Barfoot & Thompson

Pam Cox

Sales

Barfoot & Thompson Papakura Branch

mob. 0274 982 225

BUS. 09 298 8029

p.cox@barfoot.co.nz

 

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