Thank you Virginia! You did a great job on this Grosse Pointe Woods house I listed! Patience, lots of hard work, an eye on how to bring the best out of this 30's house...a cooperative seller and, of course, a realtor who believed in you and was "in your court" (me!) - we did receive a great offer within 3 weeks of listing. I firmly believe it was due to you taking the time to prepare and not having us rush into listing.
Beth Pressler Realtor
I can’t begin to say enough for the magic that Virginia performed in preparing my parent’s home for sale! My parents had lived in the home for 61 years and, as you can imagine, there was quite a collection of “stuff”. I was overwhelmed and my agent put me in contact with Virginia. She went over and above what I expected of a stager. She organized everything, brought in contractors, hauled trash to the curb, and oversaw the entire project. Without any major updating, the home was finally ready for market in a little over a month from the start. I was amazed at the transformation! She had taken a tired little bungalow and turned it into a cute, charming home. In just under three weeks we had an offer! Thank you Virginia and I would definitely recommend your services to anyone.
Carolyn - Home owner
A few months ago an agent introduced me to her friend/client who's father passed away.
The house is set in a wonderful neighborhood of Grosse Pointe Woods. This is the first time that I've been called in by this realtor and really wanted to make a good impression on her and of course her client.
The kitchen hadn't been updated since, let's say,....day one.
Our challenge was to make it presentable to potential buyer without putting in a lot of money.
Our agenda was to make it feel more spacious
This is the kitchen before.
The kitchen felt small with 3 door ways. One led to the back door and basement, the 2nd one led to the hallway to bath and bedrooms and the third, which I'm standing in, led to the dining room.
This is the kitchen after
We removed the doors to the back door and hallway. This opened up the room right away. The doors have been left for the new owner to decide what to do.
Painting the yellow walls to a more soothing neutral color. We removed all the window treatment (there was a lot)
Now it's charming.
The dining room before
Removing the Draperies and all rods, painting out the yellow walls, updating the light fixture and removing the green tattered carpet made a big difference.
The dining room after
The family room before
The budget, again, was very tight.
We removed the tired green carpet to expose the hard wood floors. The big challenge was the padding was stuck to the floors with age.
We tried every product out there to remove it. The only thing that would remove it was scrapping with a very sharp putty knife. The floors are beautiful and the new owner can decide to sand them down, carpet or live with them being a little imperfect
The draperies were removed to open up the room. The walls were painted to make the fireplace pop.
Family room after
99% of the staging was done with the sellers furniture. All we added was a few nick, knacks, bedding and talent.
We don't have to rent expensive furniture to stage a home.
1st bedroom had the hard wood floors exposed
1st Bedroom after
2nd bedroom before
I have to admit that this is the first time I've had to deal with indoor/outdoor carpet in the living area of the house.
It turned out very well
The bathroom I did a post on earlier. I truly think that this bathroom helped sell the house.
The master bed room is upstairs in the cute bungalow.
That's not green carpet up there. It's vinyl flooring.
I was so excited that the budget allowed for carpet
A Friendly Wager with a Realtor on Home Staging Impact - I Won!" The market conditions for the area showed the Realtor that the home should be on the market for 6 months.
My record is getting offers in two to three weeks.
We had an offer in 3 weeks and it's scheduled for closing in a few weeks. I won the wager and hopefully more jobs from the realtor
Exterior while working on it
Will she call me again for another job????????????????