16 Jan The Story of How A House Became A Home
There once was a house “on the hill” in New Braunfels. It was a charming house in a desirable neighborhood. Sure, some of the interior was dated, as it was built in 2004, but a little remodeling had been done and those parts looked great.
Fortunately, open concept would be appreciated by buyers, the remodeled kitchen was gorgeous, the pantry with a customized Elfa system was a dream, and the backyard patio and yard were “wow-factor” areas.
However, the entire main area of the house was 12”square ceramic tile with an orange, Saltillo look. With all that tile, the house echoed, which doesn’t say “warm, homey, inviting” to buyers. Like the tile color, the various wall colors throughout the house were very taste-specific, which can interfere with a buyer’s ability to envision.
The master bedroom had two wall-mounted, tiny ledges for nightstands, but the bed oriented on that wall would make the room look and feel small. Also, the carpet was a bit old and worn, and without furniture and décor, that’s pretty much all there was to focus on. The master bathroom was very narrow and dated, with a tiny standard-sized tub front-and-center when you walked in the door.
Each of these small objections added up to too many for buyers, it seemed. Plus, with the house vacant, all the little oddities seemed to be magnified. And so, the poor house sat on the market, while the other “for-sale” houses in the neighborhood were getting their very own families.
After two months on the market, with 7 showings and no offers, the astute REALTOR® knew that Staging would make a huge difference. She actually came to this realization a lot earlier, but her clients were finally ready to entertain the idea.
Once staged, with photos re-taken, the showings more than doubled! The happy house was filled with “hustle and bustle,” with 17 showings in a 1 month period, and an offer within 25 days.
Finally, the house became a home once again, to a very lucky new family. The old family was incredibly happy, as well, and became raving fans of the REALTOR® from that day on.
(Don’t ya love stories where everyone gets their “Happily Ever After”?)
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