Outdated Homes Can Sometimes Be Like Cake... Without the Frosting

Home Stager with 1st Stage Property Transformations

We all want to have our CAKE and EAT it TOO!!  

Check out this great post by Andi Grant a wise, out-of-the-vacant-box, LA Realtor that understands the importance of helping Home Buyers by educating them with Before & After pictures!

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Original content by Andi Grant BRE# 01728424

Outdated Homes Can Sometimes Be Like Cake... Without the Frosting

Cake with frosting

Unless you've been hiding under a rock here in Los Angeles lately, you will have noticed that home inventory numbers are shrinking in many parts of the city, especially for the areas where homes are priced under the $500K mark.  First time home buyers are now inevitably finding themselves having to sacrifice some of the bells and whistles just to jump into the home buying fray while the going is still good. 

There are some homebuyers that can easily look beyond the outdated features of a house by visualizing modern upgrades that will eventually make it their perfect home, even if it takes a little time, effort and patience.  But then there are others who just can't seem to get beyond the plain Janes needing a cosmetic fix, when in most cases all they will have needed to do is personalize it by adding the "frostingCake without the frosting"  to bring it up to their level of taste.

For some of my buyers who admittedly need a little help with seeing the vision, I've printed out some "Before" and "After" transformation photos from Janice Sutton of 1st Stage Property Transformations that I take along with us to show them ideas when faced with plain, outdated and sometimes hideous room features or an awkward space.  Mind you, had the vacant home already been updated or staged by the seller, other buyers that also needed a little help in this area would've benefitted from the real-life visuals as well.  But hey in this competitive market, as long as the homes are in good condition and in a fantastic resell location, I want them to leave the less attractive ones for my savvier first time home buyers! 

Here is just one example of something that my home buyers and I have often seen throughout our househunting experiences here in Lakewood and Long Beach;  A vacant room with an outdated fireplace as it's focal point. 

Before (without the frosting):

Outdated fireplace

AFTER (with the frosting):

 AFTER Photo of fireplace (Janice Sutton of 1stStage.net)


WOW!  What a huge difference!  A savvy homebuyer will look beyond the easier cosmetic fixes if the house has so many of the other right ingredients that will make it the perfect home such as a great location, a great price, a floor plan that suits their needs, and room to grow.

If you are home buyer looking to buy a home in Los Angeles, Lakewood, Long Beach, Downey and Carson or a home seller in the same areas looking for a Realtor that has both the experience and resources to help you prepare your home for sale, do not hesitate to call me at 310-508-4354 or write me at andi@andigrant.com.


Before and After photos used with the expressed written permission of Janice Sutton of 1st Stage Property Transformations.  Plain cake photo by Blondie5000 for Creative Commons.  Creative Commons License
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Comments (7)

Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Janice ~ What a great post to show sellers how important staging is to their selling success!  Andi is a very smart and savvy agent to use your services and it sounds like a great partnership!!

Mar 19, 2012 04:39 AM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Janice - Love the analogy.  It's making me hungry, too! 

Mar 19, 2012 09:35 AM
Andi Grant
310-508-4354 | FirstTimeHomeBuyerRealEstate.com - Los Angeles, CA
Helping 1st time buyers and home sellers in LA!

Janice - thanks for the reblog!  You really have a talent for "frosting" the cake - prompting homebuyers to bite!

Mar 19, 2012 01:16 PM
Michelle Drewry
Signature Real Estate Group - Henderson, NV
Realtor - Signature Real Estate Group

Janice - What a great example for sellers to get the idea of how to market their home.  Those strategic changes with your "Frosting" surely sells homes.

Mar 22, 2012 11:52 PM
Janice Sutton
1st Stage Property Transformations - Murrieta, CA
Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta

Maureen - Thanks so much! I love it when RE Agents go the extra mile to help clients see what can be!!

Barb - I agree! Savvy agents are great! I will take frosting with mine too!

Sally - Ha ha gf! Andi really came up with a great analogy! She is amazing!

Andi - Thank you gf! It was my pleasure to reblog your post!  I am honored you used my before & after pictures! You rock!


Mar 29, 2012 08:07 AM
Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors

Gerat post Janice and lovely work in the staging photos!

Apr 20, 2012 11:35 PM