b4 + after : from run-down to well-loved
This house may not have wow-factor before and after photos, but it's a great example of the various types of work that olliePop Design does for the real estate industry. Our task was to make this house 'cute' again. Even though it was empty, it needed to show like it was well-loved.
We combine staging with remodeling in many, non-traditional ways. In this case it was coming up with a curb appeal plan (paint awning, steps, front door and install window boxes. Redo landscaping with plants from other areas of the yard) and then determine which items would distract potential buyers most, and tackle those so that the house shows well. The homeowner, realtor and olliePop all agreed that we could continue to knock things off the list, but you have to stop somewhere.
And as always, the success story!
Before we came in, the realtor was concerned the house would sit on the market and attract low offers. And the homeowner was going to bring a minimum of $5,000 to the table, before spending any money with us. After we were done they listed the house for $20,000 more, are expecting multiple offers, and the homeowner will take home at least $6,000 after what they spent with us. Not bad for just over 2 weeks worth of work and less than $10,000! As they say in business, it takes money to make money. In this case the homeowner is gaining $11,000 by working with us, and the house will sell fast, which means even more money in their pocket with reduced carrying costs.
b4 + after
A task list over 50 items long
While we don't expect you to read the long list of everything we did, we wanted to include it so you can see the breadth of, and sometimes random, things we do to get houses ready for sale:
Both bedrooms on main level (walls and ceilings). Patched holes
Living room (walls and ceiling) and hallway. Patched holes.
Touched up kitchen ceiling.
Front and side thresholds
Garage trim and side entry door (in process of)
Basement finished space (walls and ceiling)
Front and side awnings
Front step railings
Other items - listed by floor
Cleaned kitchen floor, countertop and sink
Refreshed all hardwood floors (bleached, lightly spot sanded, spot stained, sealed with a hard wood sealer that penetrates the wood and hardens as the floor already had some clear coat on it.
New pin on bedroom closet door
New light in bedroom
Fixed bedroom door stain/clear coat
Touched up kitchen cabinet trim around knobs
Install new lock sets on front door, side door and side garage entry
Install cover for the doorbell hole in the kitchen.
Trim down side garage door so it doesn’t stick
New landscaping around entire property including mulch, weeding, new plants
Cleaned gutters (some in process of)
Painted clothes pole
Added edging to front pathway
Added flower window boxes, planted flowers
Installed missing awning piece. Power washed/scrubbed both awnings.
New entry mat
Garage -scrape and paint trim and side entry door
Clean out gutters
Power wash side walk, back patio and back walkway next to fence
Cut down branches above house both in front and back.
Cut down branches that touch power line
Remove bushes from back of garage. Keep 3 large trees
Plant colorful plants down east fence line (mulched area) and along garage (rocked area).
Plant hostas along west wall, move some lilies around. Take some irises and move to back.
Patched in missing ceiling tiles
Fixed both east and west wall panels
Filled in under the staircase with a new wall and panel. Installed an outlet
Cleaned finished space floor
Removed basement stairs carpet then painted stairs
Basement closet in the finished area - scrape paint, install half ceiling tile in east corner. Paint closet.
Clean cob webs from the unfinished part of the basement
Touch up tiled ceiling “grout” lines with white paint
Trim down basement door to closet and unfinished space so they shut
Bleach then paint inside of basement closet door.
Removed decals in bathroom
Added curtain to crawl space storage area
New light fixture above stairs
Installed new railing, patched holes from old railing
Touch up red ceiling overspray upstairs with white pain