Home staging photos – before and after

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    • #56915
      Anonymous
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      You have to admit that a little bit of effort can make a big difference:

      Before

      After

      Before

      After

      It always amazes me how few people listing their properties for free in the private sale section bother to post nice pictures, let alone do a bit of home staging / styling first 😯

    • #110337
      Anonymous
      Participant

      Mark , have you not heard of Tracy Amen !!!!!

    • #110346
      Anonymous
      Participant

      to be honest that is a very poor effort at staging a house,a nice leather sofa and glass coffee table gives a better impression of affluence and the sort of life style to be had, a sofa thats covered always screams tired and dirty at me and that could be a cardboard box not a coffee table, it does show how the space can be used but isn’t very inspiring

    • #110347
      angie
      Blocked

      Presentation is key to selling homes and that includes out side space, so gardens also need smartening up. Inside should include pleasant pictures, lamps, rugs, curtains, blinds etc and properties need airing.

      We’ve sold lots of properties but the last 3 properties we’ve sold have been to the 1st viewers who’ve been very complimentary about all the above, and end up saying, I’d like it as it is, with all your things, almost as if they have seen themselves in the properties, they don’t seem to notice the property as much as the dressing up of it, so now when we move we concentrate on presentation. πŸ˜‰

      A woman in Fulham made a great living out of using her furniture and items, she bought tired properties at discount, re-decorated, maybe installed a new kitchen and bathroom/s, dressed it up and sold for fantastic profits all within 15 months or so, making 100-150k each time.

      Rothschild said ‘you never get poor by making a profit’ and ‘always leave something for the next man’ (not be too greedy) πŸ˜‰

    • #110349
      Melosine
      Participant

      Well, if I had employed this ” interior designer” I would have sacked them on the spot !

    • #110352
      Fuengi (Andrew)
      Participant

      i think that Marks point was that even a minimum effort changes the appearance of empty properties. Helps visualize the space, etc….

      Yes its not that impressive, but it gives all of us a better appreciation of what can be done.

      just jumped on to IKEA web, and doing a basic search to outfit a property liked this and includes the following:
      Sofa
      2 chairs
      TV unit plus cupboards
      2 wall shelves
      a small table to go by sofa and chairs
      2 double beds + matresses
      1.533€
      add another 150 for a dining table and chairs.

      Small amount to invest if it brings you a sale

    • #110354
      Anonymous
      Participant

      @Fuengi:
      If it brings you a sale ??? if does not one is down by €1533, this could be some months mortgage/ service chrges. The basic has to be first location, price & than presentation and even with prsenbtation it very much depends on how it has been decorated. For me a rococo style is straight walk away.

    • #110357
      katy
      Blocked

      Personally I thought it looked better empty than a few draped sheets πŸ˜† I have always been able to look past the decorations etc. and concentrate on the potential. Location comes first. (essential when you see some of the strange stuff and ideas people have). I have also viewed some beautiful furnished places but for some reason not liked them, just a feeling.

      I do agree though that presentation is important, not sure that a place full if IKEA would do it for me πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜† We have viewed places with unmade beds one with last nights curry leavings in the kitchen and another the guy was chopping raw liver in the kitchen, yuk. (we bought that one) We sold one in Spain and the buyer said they would offer the full asking price if we left the curtains in the lounge. They were just flimsy floaty things and cost about 300 and we were planning to leave them anyway πŸ˜†

      RE. above photos, the first thing I would be doing if viewing was looking out of the windows to see what’s outside.

    • #110359
      Fuengi (Andrew)
      Participant

      @shakeel wrote:

      @Fuengi:
      If it brings you a sale ??? if does not one is down by €1533, this could be some months mortgage/ service chrges. The basic has to be first location, price & than presentation and even with prsenbtation it very much depends on how it has been decorated. For me a rococo style is straight walk away.

      Obviously. But you would not be visiting the property were it not potentially in your price range or in a location of interest.
      Most people though have difficulty visualizing what can be done with an open space. It also helps to differentiate your property. etc… all things i’m sure you know.

      Yes if could be a cost, but what would be the cost of of not selling an empty property?

    • #110360
      katy
      Blocked

      Some german friends spent a lot putting in a new kitchen when they couldn’t sell. Made a massive difference…it is still for sale though!

    • #110361
      Fuengi (Andrew)
      Participant

      Agree katy. of the 2 properties I have owned in Spain, the first had ‘dated’ furniture to say the least, and the second was empty. in both cases i knew what i could with the space. Many cannot.

      IKEA is an example. was are talking about a small (approx 60sqm) apartment, probably a 2 bed, 1 bath. probably for first time buyers. in a newish area still ‘developing’. So simple clean furniture is more likely to attract the sort of buyer that could afford it.

    • #110362
      Fuengi (Andrew)
      Participant

      @katy wrote:

      Some german friends spent a lot putting in a new kitchen when they couldn’t sell. Made a massive difference…it is still for sale though!

      never change kitchens or bathrooms. better to reduce the price of go for a inexpensive option.

    • #110364
      Chopera
      Participant

      Placing beds/furniture into empty rooms definitely helps provide an idea of scale. Generally empty rooms look smaller than when they contain even just one basic item of furniture. The next trick of course is to buy small furniture, and don’t place it next to the wall. In the above photos they’ve done the right thing in using what appears to be a small 2 seat sofa, but they should have moved it slightly away from the wall and placed another one either facing it or at right angles. Therefore potential buyers immediately see (and more importantly remember) that the room can easily accommodate 2 sofas and a dining table. All items must be neutral (as in the photograph) so they give ideas regarding the basic layout of the room, and its potential, but leave it to the buyer’s imagination as to how it will ultimately be decorated (they might be minimalists after all!). The room in the photo doesn’t really need much else anyway because it has windows on 3 walls and plenty of natural light.

      In the UK especially there is another advantage in including a bit of furniture – it gives the buyer the option of offering say 10k less for the property in order to bring the price below a tax threshold, and then they can offer 10k for the furniture instead. Perhaps not the most honest way of going about things, but entirely legal, and it’s what many people do.

    • #110366
      katy
      Blocked

      Yes Fuengi, I think so. Bathrooms are relatively inexpensive to change and you can put your own style on them. We bought one and the bath was olive green πŸ˜€ Kitchens likewise (except for the one we had which lead to the whole floor having to be dug up and one fault leading to another 😈 )

    • #110367
      katy
      Blocked

      @Chopera wrote:

      In the UK especially there is another advantage in including a bit of furniture – it gives the buyer the option of offering say 10k less for the property in order to bring the price below a tax threshold, and then they can offer 10k for the furniture instead. Perhaps not the most honest way of going about things, but entirely legal, and it’s what many people do.

      You can do that in Spain too, we did. πŸ™‚

    • #110370
      Chopera
      Participant

      @Fuengi wrote:

      @katy wrote:

      Some german friends spent a lot putting in a new kitchen when they couldn’t sell. Made a massive difference…it is still for sale though!

      never change kitchens or bathrooms. better to reduce the price of go for a inexpensive option.

      Yup, I’d much rather pay say 10k less for a property and then use the money to install a kitchen that I like. When it comes to presenting a property in the UK I’ve always simply asked the agent for any advice. Although I get the impression many Spanish agents just aren’t bothered.

    • #110408
      Anonymous
      Participant

      It all depens on the price category you are selling. If you are selling in an expensive part of Mallorca it will idiotic not to fix the kitchen and bathrooms.

    • #110440
      Anonymous
      Participant

      I’ve tried to talk the banks agents into cleaning up the repo flats in our block. Banesto did it and the flat looks much better, Santander still have the ex tenants old mattresses leaning against the wall and even a pair of jeans strewn on the floor! Why?? I know they only are up for 25,000 euros but at least make it look the best it can? It would take less than an hour and a few guys to clear it up. Why don’t they bother?

      So many agents just show up and take pics and don’t seem to care that the loo seat is up (yuck) or that there are endless bottles of shampoo etc. in shot? An old pair of slippers under a table? Why don’t they see these things and just quickly move them to one side to take a few pics for the sales pitch? New places are just as bad, as the first picture above shows. An empty dead space. If you put in a sofa and coffee table you can suss out how the place really looks. Maybe they are so small they don’t want you to realise how bad they are with furniture cramped into them?

      Who are we though to suggest to estate agents how to do their jobs…..

    • #110740
      Anonymous
      Participant

      I’ve tried to talk the banks agents into cleaning up the repo flats in our block. Banesto did it and the flat looks much better, Santander still have the ex tenants old mattresses leaning against the wall and even a pair of jeans strewn on the floor! Why?? I know they only are up for 25,000 euros but at least make it look the best it can? It would take less than an hour and a few guys to clear it up. Why don’t they bother?

      So many agents just show up and take pics and don’t seem to care that the loo seat is up (yuck) or that there are endless bottles of shampoo etc. in shot? An old pair of slippers under a table? Why don’t they see these things and just quickly move them to one side to take a few pics for the sales pitch? New places are just as bad, as the first picture above shows. An empty dead space. If you put in a sofa and coffee table you can suss out how the place really looks. Maybe they are so small they don’t want you to realise how bad they are with furniture cramped into them?

      Who are we though to suggest to estate agents how to do their jobs…..

    • #110441
      Anonymous
      Participant

      http://www.fotocasa.es/vivienda/cuevas-del-almanzora/c-pilar-22-vvda-5-dcha-c-calvo-sotelo-22-5-127248725?opi=152

      Check out the mattress and maybe bits of the old bed? on top?

      At least they’ve dropped the price since the last time I saw it. But, it would look so much better with a quick clean up! Stupid banks… I showed around two British couples who offered this amount and the banks said no…and look what happens a few months later, they drop the price. The Brits have long since given up and moved onto something else. Why did I bother….??

      We are now enjoying drizzly Ireland….are yet to get jobs but at least we have distance between us and the hateful mortgage problems of Spain.

    • #110741
      Anonymous
      Participant

      http://www.fotocasa.es/vivienda/cuevas-del-almanzora/c-pilar-22-vvda-5-dcha-c-calvo-sotelo-22-5-127248725?opi=152

      Check out the mattress and maybe bits of the old bed? on top?

      At least they’ve dropped the price since the last time I saw it. But, it would look so much better with a quick clean up! Stupid banks… I showed around two British couples who offered this amount and the banks said no…and look what happens a few months later, they drop the price. The Brits have long since given up and moved onto something else. Why did I bother….??

      We are now enjoying drizzly Ireland….are yet to get jobs but at least we have distance between us and the hateful mortgage problems of Spain.

    • #110445
      angie
      Blocked

      I love your posts itsme, they are soooooooo true πŸ˜†

      I remember picking up details of apartments in Spain and then the agents couldn’t even be bothered to take individual photos of say a particular apartment, there would be several in the same block all with the same photo outside, inside (unless it was special), on one sheet of paper, not even a small brochure as in the UK etc, money for nothing it seemed πŸ™„

      I’m talking the big boys here, has it changed, I imagine the smaller or niche agents might provide individual details but do they? πŸ™„

    • #110745
      angie
      Blocked

      I love your posts itsme, they are soooooooo true πŸ˜†

      I remember picking up details of apartments in Spain and then the agents couldn’t even be bothered to take individual photos of say a particular apartment, there would be several in the same block all with the same photo outside, inside (unless it was special), on one sheet of paper, not even a small brochure as in the UK etc, money for nothing it seemed πŸ™„

      I’m talking the big boys here, has it changed, I imagine the smaller or niche agents might provide individual details but do they? πŸ™„

    • #110468
      Fuengi (Andrew)
      Participant

      @Ardun wrote:

      It all depens on the price category you are selling. If you are selling in an expensive part of Mallorca it will idiotic not to fix the kitchen and bathrooms.

      That dependent how what your selling for and who your selling to. Not knowing the area well i cannot comment.

    • #110768
      Fuengi (Andrew)
      Participant

      @Ardun wrote:

      It all depens on the price category you are selling. If you are selling in an expensive part of Mallorca it will idiotic not to fix the kitchen and bathrooms.

      That dependent how what your selling for and who your selling to. Not knowing the area well i cannot comment.

    • #110471
      Fuengi (Andrew)
      Participant

      @itsme wrote:

      http://www.fotocasa.es/vivienda/cuevas-del-almanzora/c-pilar-22-vvda-5-dcha-c-calvo-sotelo-22-5-127248725?opi=152

      Check out the mattress and maybe bits of the old bed? on top?

      At least they’ve dropped the price since the last time I saw it. But, it would look so much better with a quick clean up! Stupid banks… I showed around two British couples who offered this amount and the banks said no…and look what happens a few months later, they drop the price. The Brits have long since given up and moved onto something else. Why did I bother….??

      We are now enjoying drizzly Ireland….are yet to get jobs but at least we have distance between us and the hateful mortgage problems of Spain.

      I was going to defend my industry, by pointing out we are not all the same and so on and so forth. Then i clicked on the link.

      I am actually impressed at how badly that property is presented.

      Out of curiousity is this in your opinion well priced?

    • #110771
      Fuengi (Andrew)
      Participant

      @itsme wrote:

      http://www.fotocasa.es/vivienda/cuevas-del-almanzora/c-pilar-22-vvda-5-dcha-c-calvo-sotelo-22-5-127248725?opi=152

      Check out the mattress and maybe bits of the old bed? on top?

      At least they’ve dropped the price since the last time I saw it. But, it would look so much better with a quick clean up! Stupid banks… I showed around two British couples who offered this amount and the banks said no…and look what happens a few months later, they drop the price. The Brits have long since given up and moved onto something else. Why did I bother….??

      We are now enjoying drizzly Ireland….are yet to get jobs but at least we have distance between us and the hateful mortgage problems of Spain.

      I was going to defend my industry, by pointing out we are not all the same and so on and so forth. Then i clicked on the link.

      I am actually impressed at how badly that property is presented.

      Out of curiousity is this in your opinion well priced?

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