A Diamond in the Rough...Just Needed Polishing

Real Estate Agent with Hillscape Properties, Inc. DRE#01452976

These before and after photos really show what it takes to get a home prepared for the market.  They highlight what Realtors commonly describe as "de-cluttering,"  Dorie outlines the steps she advised of cleaning the carpets, rather than putting in hardwood flooring.  And staging.  Scroll down to the "Before" and "After" photos and enjoy the full scope of work conducted to get this home sold.

Original content by Dorie Dillard Austin TX

 A Diamond in The Rough….Just Needed Polishing

Last year I met with a couple who was getting transferred and needed to sell their home. They had a lovely floor plan backing to the greenbelt (protected preserve) but hadn’t taken on any redecorating projects in the 10 years they lived in the home. The carpet was rippled and worn (it was the original house built in 2002) they had wall paper and a border in the master bath, outdated fixtures, hadn’t been painted and the house was cluttered beyond belief!

They understood they needed to move out because they didn’t want anyone to see the home the way it looked as they knew it wasn’t appealing. Another Realtor met with them and said they didn’t have to do anything and she would put a “Coming Soon” sign and get it under contract for a ridiculous price! They knew better as they watched the sales in the community and knew homes needed to be shown at their very best and priced well to sell. They chose me as their Realtor.

We formulated a plan of the most cost effective measures to get their home sold. Rather than replace the carpet, as someone might want hardwoods and the house was large square footage they opted to have the carpet cleaned and stretched. We knew attention would need to be diverted from the carpet so an investment of professionally staging the majority of the house was in order.

They moved out and moved to another state.  I coordinated the painters who painted the entry and hallways an accent color, removed the wallpaper from all baths, painted and replaced light and plumbing fixtures. The window cleaners were next and then the carpet people. Last was the cleaning crew...the home sparkled from head to toe! All vendors were hand-picked by the seller from references I provided.  The deck was re-stained and Brian, my favorite stager, came in and created an ambiance buyers loved!


The home closed and the sellers derived satisfaction from being a team player in the process that sold their home in record time at the price they desired! I love it when that happens!!

Selling or buying a NW Austin home is a complex process and you want to work with a REALTOR that understand the process and can connect you with other professionals that realize the importance of contract contingencies, customer service and are laser focused on closing on time every time.  

If you  are looking for a Realtor in NW Austin who will give you the professional real estate services you deserve...before, during and after your Sale or Purchase...Call Dorie Dillard...let me put my expertise to work for you….reach out to me at 512-346-1799 or dillard@reloaustin.com.

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Comments (8)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Melanie,

Thank you for the re-blog of my post! It was a quite a project but we all felt a real sense of pride when it all came together and looked so dazzling!

Feb 11, 2014 07:46 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Melanie. Dorie did a great job with her post, the before and after photos were great. She did a great job coach her client.

Make it a great day!

Feb 11, 2014 10:41 PM
John G. Johnston
John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC - Westcliffe, CO
An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO

Good morning Melanie

Great choice for a re-blog.  Welcome to the Rain.  Any chance Marte wrote your bio?  Or, are you a professional PR person too?  Enjoy your day!

Feb 11, 2014 10:50 PM
Melanie Narducci
Hillscape Properties, Inc. - San Francisco, CA
Your San FranciscoBay Area Real Estate Expert

I follow Marte, too, John.  I'm no Marte but I got my BA from NYU in Journalism, so I've done my fair share of writing.

Feb 11, 2014 11:33 PM
Melanie Narducci
Hillscape Properties, Inc. - San Francisco, CA
Your San FranciscoBay Area Real Estate Expert

Your photos are just great, Dorie!

Feb 11, 2014 11:34 PM
Melanie Narducci
Hillscape Properties, Inc. - San Francisco, CA
Your San FranciscoBay Area Real Estate Expert

When a project comes together like this it just says so much about Dorie's talents, Joe.  Wishing you a great day as well!

Feb 11, 2014 11:37 PM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Great choice for a reblog, Dorie is fantastic!

Feb 12, 2014 02:55 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Here this is clearly proof positive that a little changes can translate to a sale, great Re-Blog, Endre

Feb 23, 2014 07:52 AM