8 Seconds To Sell A House - Is Your Home Market Ready?

Real Estate Agent with Signature Real Estate Group S. 0182277

One of the biggest challenges we face when selling a home in San Gabriel, California or anyplace in the San Gabriel Valley is making the home appeal to its target market.  When a buyer walks through the door of the home for sale, it takes them only 8 seconds to determine whether or not they would want to live in this home.  With this in mind, the seller must do all that it takes to make the most of the features of their property.  As a Realtor and professional home stager knowing what sells a home, this issue is solved first by evaluating the home, then providing a plan for home staging.  The sellers are on board and we all get to work to achieve the desired results.  The following photos are BEFORE and AFTER preparing the house for market. 

BEFORE Home Staging San Gabriel Living Room

Before Home Staging The Living Room

AFTER Home Staging San Gabriel Living Room

AFTER Home Staging The Living Room

BEFORE Home Staging San Gabriel Master Bedroom

BEFORE Home Staging The Master Bedroom Downstairs

BEFORE Home Staging San Gabriel Master Bedroom

Another view- BEFORE Home Staging San Gabriel Master Bedroom


BEFORE Home Staging San Gabriel Master Bedroom

AFTER Home Staging San Gabriel Master Bedroom

AFTER Home Staging San Gabriel Master Bedroom

Another view - AFTER Home Staging San Gabriel Master Bedroom

This home is now market ready.  We supplemented with some furniture and accessories that we brought in, along with the seller's furnishings, to make the home appealing to buyers.  This is a great house that just needed to show buyers how great it is.  After all, homes don't sell themselves.  :-)

Posted by

Michelle Drewry, REALTOR® CalBRE#01916333- Century 21 Masters - Arcadia, CA

Serving The San Gabriel Valley, Inland Empire & North Orange County


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Comments (14)

Digital Digital
Alachua, FL
full service

Hi Michelle,

Great job with the home staging.

Hope you find a qualified buyer soon!

Aug 29, 2012 02:23 PM
Winston Heverly
Coldwell Banker Access Realty - South Macon, GA

I wonder if it takes that long if they have laminate flooring. This has got to be one of the worst products for aesthetics ever used. This however comes from someone that built and had a flooring business. Nothing spells cheap like plastic.

Aug 29, 2012 02:35 PM
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

Wow Michelle... staging really makes a difference!  Great job!  Kathy

Aug 29, 2012 03:05 PM
Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Michelle....turning the Living Room back into a Living Room vs a gym was so important!!!  Now potential buyers will NOT be confussed!!

Aug 29, 2012 04:04 PM
Shanna Day Team Leader (UT & AZ)
Keller Williams SLC (UT) and Keller Williams Realty EV (AZ) - Park City, UT
Keller Williams Realty

I agree with the 8 second rule.    I had one of the best sales (not necessary dollar amount, although $750,000 was terrific), but I thought it was a super fun sale because I met the cross agents buyer (agent wasn't available) and I showed my listing to the buyer and w/in 8 seconds, she was sold.  Seriously, no joke, she walked through the home and in no more than 4 minutes, she wrapped up her tour and left to write up a contract!   Needless to say, I loved that buyer - and that seller for staging the home so perfectly that it literally only took 8 seconds to sell her!   Great post Michelle!   Shanna

Aug 29, 2012 05:25 PM
Bernadine Hunter, SFR, ACRE
Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty - Pickerington, OH
"Finding Solution to Your Real Estate Needs"

What fantastic before and after shots. Although it may not be as important as price, I really believe home staging works.

Aug 29, 2012 09:18 PM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

HI Michelle, Love that living room! I think I want to sit right down. Now the marketing photos on line show the home well in the first few seconds of viewing. Nothing left to the imagination.

Aug 30, 2012 03:25 AM
Michelle Drewry
Signature Real Estate Group - Henderson, NV
Realtor - Signature Real Estate Group

Hi Wanndanna- Thank you!  Glad you stopped by.

Winston - I agree real wood is always a step above, but now we're working with what the buyers have.  Fortunately, it's chiseled wood laminate, which is very popular.

Hi Kathy S. - Thanks for your words of encouragement!.

Hi Kathy B. - Yes, yes!  A living room needs to be a living room!

Hi Shanna -  Buyers know when they feel it's the right home.  Staging helps!

Hi Bernadine - Home staging does work!  Many stagers and real estate agents who employ their expertise will agree.  Price it right - stage it and you have a winning sale.

Hi Michelle F. - Exactly, we show the buyer how they can live in the home.  Why let the buyer guess?

Aug 30, 2012 12:10 PM
Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Awesome staging, Michelle!

Congratulations. Your home staging is being featured in the group Staging Before and After Pictures.


Sep 04, 2012 09:41 PM
Michelle Drewry
Signature Real Estate Group - Henderson, NV
Realtor - Signature Real Estate Group

Thank you Kathy!  And thanks for the feature.

Sep 05, 2012 02:24 PM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Michelle ~ Wow -- what a dramatic transformation in this home!  It looked like someone was camping there before LOL ... then you turned it into a very inviting living room and restful master bedroom.  Well done!!

Sep 07, 2012 05:04 PM
Michelle Drewry
Signature Real Estate Group - Henderson, NV
Realtor - Signature Real Estate Group

Thanks for your nice comment Maureen!  

Camping is a good description of the BEFORE - Inviting and Restful for the AFTER.  That's what staging does! 

Sep 09, 2012 12:37 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Michelle -- it's clearly evident that staging and proper presentation of the rooms was badly needed.  Nice transformation.  Nothing makes a great first impression like a basketball hoop in the living room - even if it's a child's toy.

Oct 27, 2012 01:24 AM
Michelle Drewry
Signature Real Estate Group - Henderson, NV
Realtor - Signature Real Estate Group

Hi Michael - Thank you for your nice comments.  Yes, I was debating whether to leave the basketball hoop.  It did add a lot of perceived value.  LOL!

Oct 28, 2012 06:57 AM