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Old 02-08-2013, 04:43 AM   #11
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You must have experience in this! The room with all of the randon stuff is our school room/playroom. The table is where we do school work so the chalk board and desk make sense, but I do see how the day bed and dresser could make it look confusing. The dresser holds hidden toys and the daybed was our kids crib. They use it as a reading area. I don't think they will think the house wasn't big enough though. It is too massive- with extra rooms such as that giant sunroom. It is too much room for me. I want to downsize!

I very much dislike the living room window treatments so I do think they should go! We only have nice wooden blinds- no cheapos. Also the lighting has all been recently updated with the exception of the fan in the master. I do think a new fan (oh and a new comforter!!!) in the master would make it look much better though.

It is a tough market here, so I could use all the help I can get. I will take everything said into consideration!



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1. I would take down all personal pictures. Buyers want to imagine themselves in a home & that's difficult when you showcase your family. Also take down anything that showcases your personal taste or doesn't look like it is worth much $$. A blank wall is much better than a wall that has what some could consider a cheap print that isn't even their taste.

2. Make each room serve 1 clear purpose. The dinning table, clothes dresser, school desks, & day bed all sharing the same space is confusing & screams out to buyers that your home was not big enough for your needs & won't be big enough for their needs.

3. Paint each room 1 light neutral color or white. The darker golden yellow in your family room isn't for everyone. You also appear to have a couple rooms that have walls of different colors - its distracting & too personal of a color choice. Again, potential buyers are going to feel your presence in the home & that is bad.

4. Update your window treatments. They need to look new, current, & neutral. Cheap plastic blinds are a no-no as are your curtains in your family room & bedrooms.

5. Update your light fixtures & outdated calling fans. Buyers want to feel like they are taking a step up & can't when so many permanent fixtures appear to be from the bottom price limit of a big box store 10+ years ago.

6. Make your finishes match. In both a bathroom & kitchen I see gold door knobs/hinges & silver cabinet pulls. Gold door knobs & hinges are a no-no & more expensive looking hardware on all cabinetry would help to hide that it is outdated builder grade cabinetry. In yet another bathroom there is a gold door knob, stainless steel tp holder, & dark pulls on the above the toilet cabinet.

7. Get a much nicer faucet for your kitchen sink.

8. Purchase matching appliances.

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Old 02-08-2013, 04:53 AM   #12
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Looks great! I agree with getting rid of the star thing in the bathroom, it grabs the eye and doesn't look right there. Also what's the hanging thing near the chalkboard? A light fixture? I might take that out completely.

Your house is super clean and tidy great job momma! Very inspiring!

I have pics I need to post of our house which we plan to list, and yikes it's no where near this tidy, I'm hoping you all can be ruthless with me! Lol
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:09 AM   #13
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Great job! You have done so much work!

I have to agree with Raymark though. When we put our house on the market 3 years ago, I couldn't imagine it all one neutral color, all white curtains and shower curtains, no artwork or pictures at all. And it was a terrible inconvenience for us, but we had a big great room like yours split up into living/playroom/dining&school and we staged it as only an open concept living and dining room, no extra furniture and all playroom/school stuff hidden elsewhere in the house. But it had multiple offers in a week.

To give you an idea, these are the pictures from that listing, and they pretty much follow most of Raymarks suggestions. The main difference being the neutral paint is a little darker than what I optimally should have done, but half the house was already painted that and I found a 5 gallon bucket of oops paint for $5 to do the rest of the house to match. And of course the appliances were painted to match instead of bought new. I often wonder if I had bit the bullet and paid the money to paint the whole house white or beige if we would have gotten more and higher offers.

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Old 02-08-2013, 08:49 AM   #14
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Wow! That looks amazing! It will be a quick sale

My favorite is that first room...GORGEOUS!
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:43 AM   #15
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It looks really lovely and very clean. I do agree with the suggestions raymark made for you, especially since you said it is a tough market. We are getting ready to put our house on the market hopefully next month and we have done most of the things she suggested. I was tempted to keep our walls painted how they were (aqua kitchen, pale mustard dining, blue bedroom, accent walls in some rooms)...but I think painting the entire house one neutral color is really going to help it seem clean, fresh and a blank slate. We went with Linen White by Behr and it has the ability to really warm up a place and have different intensities in different rooms. Everyone that has seen the place since we have painted has commented on how nice it is.

I would also consider rearranging furniture and decor to "stage" the house a bit more. I know it might be a little difficult to live with it like that, but when it feels like each room has a distinct, expected purpose without extra pieces of furniture the prospective buyer can visualize themselves in the space better. Also I agree that it gives the illusion of ample living areas.
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Great job! You have done so much work!

I have to agree with Raymark though. When we put our house on the market 3 years ago, I couldn't imagine it all one neutral color, all white curtains and shower curtains, no artwork or pictures at all. And it was a terrible inconvenience for us, but we had a big great room like yours split up into living/playroom/dining&school and we staged it as only an open concept living and dining room, no extra furniture and all playroom/school stuff hidden elsewhere in the house. But it had multiple offers in a week.

To give you an idea, these are the pictures from that listing, and they pretty much follow most of Raymarks suggestions. The main difference being the neutral paint is a little darker than what I optimally should have done, but half the house was already painted that and I found a 5 gallon bucket of oops paint for $5 to do the rest of the house to match. And of course the appliances were painted to match instead of bought new. I often wonder if I had bit the bullet and paid the money to paint the whole house white or beige if we would have gotten more and higher offers.

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I actually really LOVE that neutral paint. You guys did a great job.
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I'd also take the plant off the stove, and move the utensil holder closer. I would also get rid of the converted crib. I'm sure it's functional but it looks strange to me to see that.

It looks great though!! I hope it sells quick!
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:27 PM   #20
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I LOVE your old home- it looks so unique! Thanks for sharing the pictures! I would love to hear the process of your painting the appliances. They don't look painted at all from the pics - what is your secret?




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Great job! You have done so much work!

I have to agree with Raymark though. When we put our house on the market 3 years ago, I couldn't imagine it all one neutral color, all white curtains and shower curtains, no artwork or pictures at all. And it was a terrible inconvenience for us, but we had a big great room like yours split up into living/playroom/dining&school and we staged it as only an open concept living and dining room, no extra furniture and all playroom/school stuff hidden elsewhere in the house. But it had multiple offers in a week.

To give you an idea, these are the pictures from that listing, and they pretty much follow most of Raymarks suggestions. The main difference being the neutral paint is a little darker than what I optimally should have done, but half the house was already painted that and I found a 5 gallon bucket of oops paint for $5 to do the rest of the house to match. And of course the appliances were painted to match instead of bought new. I often wonder if I had bit the bullet and paid the money to paint the whole house white or beige if we would have gotten more and higher offers.

http://www.shoot2sell.net/slideshow/..._SandraMelmed/
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