From SAD to SOLD in 3 Days!

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Home Stager with Shows Great Home Staging and Web Solutions

Some homes just feel sad when you enter them.  Years of neglect have taken their toll.  In previous real estate markets they would have been listed as "fixer uppers" and buyers looking for a deal, would snatch them up and make them look new and fresh again. Now with so many foreclosures on the market, these "fixer uppers" are no longer such a great deal and buyers are passing them over for homes that are "move in ready".

Below are before and after photos of a home we staged recently. It was only on the market 3 days before it received an acceptable offer.  This home needed a little more than traditional staging services.  It needed "market ready" services.  We brought in our team of professionals and within days...years of neglect turned into a home that was ready for today's highly competitive market.

Living Room Before

Living Room After


We painted the walls a soft ivory with a hint of yellow to brighten the space.  The space was cleaned from top to bottom.  Woodwork washed to show the beauty of the wood.  The hardwood floors were scraped (years of rubber backed rugs) and cleaned without damaging the patina of the wood. Furniture and accessories added to compliment the space.  The hideous green carpet was removed from the steps.

Dining Room After

Front Porch Before

Front Porch After

We replaced some of the boards and repainted the front porch.  One of the top rails was replaced and they were all repainted white to freshen the space.

Bedroom Before



Before After



We removed the shelves and repaired the walls.  Painted the walls and cleaned the floors and woodwork for a fresh new look.

Another Bedroom Before

Bedroom After

Some of our other challenges

We had 5 rooms with plaster that was cracked and damaged.

When the listing agent called to tell me that she had a contract...she said it was because of the work we had done to get this home ready for the market.  Sometimes a home needs a little more than just furniture and accessories to prepare it for the market.  Shows Great Home Staging is a full service staging company, we offer market ready services, furniture rental, staging services, and DYI services. 

When my children were growing up my husband and I always bought the worst home on the best street that we could afford. We would work on them while we lived in them and then sell to move on to our next project.  Once as we were getting ready to move out of a home we had just sold, my 6 year old daughter said "Mommy, we made this house smile".  Little did I know at the time, that one day I would make my living making homes smile.



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Rainmaker
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Michelle Finnamore
Preparing your property for sale
in Vaughan and Toronto GTA

Hi Wanda, I love the way you tell a story about your work. My family did the same thing while I was growing up. Buy the worst house on the street and fix it until it smiled again. I did the same thing when I got married. And as you say, we do it now in our work. Your daughter is a very wise little girl. Who knows what she will do when she grows up... take over mommy's company perhaps? LOL!! Great work, you really went the extra mile. No wonder the agent is getting other listings. you are a great team that gets results.

September 18, 2011 07:48 PM
Rainmaker
86,942
Wanda Richards
Shows Great Home Staging
Shows Great Home Staging and Web Solutions

Ginger - Thanks for the comments.  Going from for sale is always the goal in or work :).  It is nice when it happens so quickly.

Maureen - Thanks for the comments. You are so right.  This home had loads of charm, it was just hidden by years of neglect.

Sharon - Thanks for the comments.  Yes, all of the carpet had to go and the floors beneath the carpet where in great condition.

Michelle - Thanks for the comments.  Sounds like we both have been "making homes smile our entire lives".  Oh, by the way...that little girl is now 29 and a beautiful young woman with a great eye for design.  She is a real estate paralegal but has made a hobby out of "making homes smile" too :).

September 18, 2011 08:18 PM
Rainer
138,466
Wendy Tomm
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors
Beyond the Walls

I love old character homes.  Congratulations on a quick sale and well done!

September 19, 2011 05:32 PM
Rainmaker
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Barb Hutson
Phoenix Home Stager, Redesign Expert 480-216-7182
Sonoran Accents Home Staging & Redesign, Phoenix Metro, AZ.

Wanda ~ This place is all dressed up and ready for a new family.  Isn't it gratifying to make such a difference in something as important as someone's home.  You really transformed this place into a "Happy Home".

September 19, 2011 05:55 PM
Rainer
189,754
Virginia Cheezum
F. C. Tucker Company

Oh, I LOVE your before and afters!  There are so much fun...I'll subscribe to your blog, thanks, keep em up!

September 30, 2011 10:45 AM
Rainmaker
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Wanda Richards

Shows Great Home Staging
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