When I first walked into this kitchen I felt nothing. And I am sure that is what the countless disinterested buyers felt when they entered what was supposed to be the heart of the home. All I could see was a humongous, 12x12 foot, 1980's vintage florescent grid light that covered the expanse of the work area. The fact that the kitchen was both large and well configured with its centre island , Mediterranean tiling, sun room like dining nook, fantastic pantry; solidly built cabinetry and incredible view of the city was obscured by the overwhelming immensity of the light. Rather than falling in love and 'mentally' moving in; with the words ' renovate and big expense' etched in their brains buyers walked away from this home over a period of 5 months.
But the fix was a simple one. The work area lighting came down and the change was dramatic.
A coat of fresh paint; the removal of tired looking blinds, not needed because there are no houses behind the property whose privacy and view should have enticed any number of buyers: a shiny new current looking faucet purchased for 62.00; simple, inexpensive yet attractive lighting placed over the work area to compliment the original fixture in the eating area; the removal of an under cabinet toaster; and the addition of accessories with a mediterranean feel that worked well with the floor tile, all did the trick. The kitchen garnered Rave Re:views. How do I know?The house sold a week after its new photos appeared on the MLS site to a couple who had seen it months ago in its original state. The fruits of my Home Staging paid off. In fact there was a second very interested party as well.
Moral of the story: Home Staging works! To those who say 'Home Staging' falsely portrays a property, I counter and argue that stagers bring out the best in a home in the same way that hairstylists bring out the best in those of us who do not cut or style our own hair.
I'd be happy to prepare your home before it is listed on the MLS site. You can count on
Rave Re:view to get the job done in a professional and timely fashion.