Realty U's Before and After Photo Contest - With PRIZES!

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Real Estate Agent with Better Properties Seattle

My good friend Andy Capelluto asked me to enter Realty U's "I Staged It" Photo contest.  So I have to submit lots of entries.  I'm a real estate agent and not a stager, but I did attend Barb Schwarz ASP Class, which was a blast, and do help clients get their properties ready for sale.  This happens to be my own house the way it was in the mls when I bought it (before) and the way it is now prepared for market (after)

This room is part of "the great room" at the rear of the house.  The previous owner had a table in this huge room.  We usually have two sofas in an L, but for showing and photos for selling, I've removed one of the sofas and rearranged it.

BEFORE

We painted the walls a very light turquoise blue so the millwork around the windows would pop better.  We blocked the door to the deck with the big screen TV as there is a second door in the same position to the right of that big window.  Two doors were unnecessary.  We also removed the "granny" light fixture and replaced it with a more modern one.  And we removed the vertical blinds and replaced them with mini blinds. 

Here's the result AFTER

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Rainmaker
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Liz Moras Migic
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Very nice Ardell!  Gorgeous view, love the colours - very sleek....:-) I want your TV!

Jul 18, 2008 04:48 PM #1
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
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Well, I do believe you could have a career in design, decorating and staging. You're wonderful!

Jul 18, 2008 05:22 PM #2
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Loreena and Michael Yeo
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Ardell, the "After" Effect is certainly amazing. It gives you the feeling of wanting to put your leg up and enjoy the view, while the "Before" area simply felt like it was a "walk through"... nothing special area. Now, you have just framed the heart of the home. Thanks for such an amazing effect.

Jul 18, 2008 05:32 PM #3
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Pam Pugmire
Silvercreek Realty Group - Meridian, ID
Meridian Idaho Real Estate

You've done a terrific job!  I love the wall color.  It really does accentuate the woodwork.  The couch set at an angle is also very effective. 

Jul 18, 2008 05:34 PM #4
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

"I'm a real estate agent and not a stager"

Yeah right. I think you might be a little better than the average bear at both.

Steve

Jul 18, 2008 05:34 PM #5
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Courtney Cooper
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Hi ARDELL:)  I am loving these pictures - you have done an awesome job.  I think I might camoflauge that door a bit more - a ceiling hanging or something?  I am just floored - what a difference the befores and afters are!  Good luck on the market!

Jul 18, 2008 06:32 PM #6
Rainmaker
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ARDELL DellaLoggia
Better Properties Seattle - Kirkland, WA

Courtney,

I agree for living here and have considered many things to camoflauge the door.  But for selling the house it's probably good that people know there is a door there in case they use the room differently.  That's the beauty of "Great Rooms"  They are flexible. 

I don't have photos of the rest of the Great Room yet, we use it as a music room.  More photos to come.

Jul 18, 2008 06:39 PM #7
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Charles McDonald
Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner

I see that the outside rails are now white, but what happened to the plants? where they changes?

Your friend in Charlottesville!

Jul 18, 2008 11:35 PM #8
Rainmaker
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ARDELL DellaLoggia
Better Properties Seattle - Kirkland, WA

Charles,

All the decking was whitewashed to make the external appearance of the home larger and wider since it is long and narrow.  With brown decking the house looked smaller than with white decking.  It was more for curb appeal than view from interior.

The plants are trimmed.  When that bush (which is the next door neighbor's bush) has new foliage on top, the new foliage is sometimes red, depending on the season.  It was recently trimmed. While the red fire bush is dramatic, it also blocks the lake view.

Remember...staging not decorating.  The lake view sells for more than the neighbor's red bush :)  What you see should be the highest value features.  I know you can't see the lake from this angle, but from the kitchen window and the front porch and the front parlor, the lake disappears when that bush gets high and red topped.

Jul 19, 2008 04:58 AM #9
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ARDELL DellaLoggia
Better Properties Seattle - Kirkland, WA

To some extent the red bush is obviously seasonally red then green and not controllable.  I likely will attach some planters with red and white flowers to the decking before I'm finished.  Not all the way across, but here and there for accent.

Jul 19, 2008 05:00 AM #10
Rainmaker
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ARDELL DellaLoggia
Better Properties Seattle - Kirkland, WA

Courtney,

Also showing door their is likely a matter of disclosure.  You don't want to conceal it entirely and have the new owner not know until after closing that there is a door there.

Jul 19, 2008 05:02 AM #11
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ama hender
Lone Tree, CO

The paint is beautiful, but how did buyers react if there was no dining area?

Jul 26, 2008 06:19 AM #12
Rainmaker
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ARDELL DellaLoggia
Better Properties Seattle - Kirkland, WA

Amanda...there is a separate dining area across from the kitchen.  The former owner had two huge eating areas and no TV except for in the bedroom of the master suite.

I'm working on the kitchen and will soon post photos of the dining area and kitchen.

Jul 26, 2008 01:47 PM #13
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andy capelluto

Love the transformation - keep them photos coming.

Aug 01, 2008 04:46 PM #14
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Kathy Riggle
STAGING SMART N SOLD - Houston, TX
Houston Home Staging

The change is remarkable! Love the deck railing painted white-everything looks crisp and new!

Aug 18, 2008 02:29 PM #15
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