Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Another Staging Success

Another Staging Success

Here are some wonderful before and after pictures for a new listing in Garland, TX.

Dining   dining

In the Dining area, there is a sitting window, however, you cannot even see it.  Many people love sitting windows because you can put a padded top on it and use it for reading or as part of your kitchen table.  So, I had the sellers remove 2 of the chairs to open up the space more, and now you can see the sitting area when you walk in.  They were also using the Dining area as a holding place for toys, and those were put up.  Place mats were also put up to give the table a very clean look.

kitchen   kitchen

The main transformation in the Kitchen was removing all the pictures and artwork from the fridge, which you can't really see in this picture.  As you can see from the before picture, the sellers utilized all the counter space.  However, when a buyer looks in the kitchen, they don't see any counters at all, so away went everything except a couple of things for accent.  You can actually picture yourself cooking a full meal with all that space now, can't you?!

living   living

This room is almost self explanatory... Yes, this was the main place the kids played and watched TV.  The sellers were very worried about removing the gate from the fireplace and the TV as they thought the kids would get into trouble, but they've actually been very good.  The only thing that interests them are the buttons on the TV, but as long as they're leaving the fireplace alone, we're all good.  Also, the couches didn't match, so I had them buy slip covers to neutralize the room. It's a little too neutral now, but that's better than too much "stuff" that you can't see around.  Also, I advised on new carpet.  They got it changed the day before my Before picture, but it was an old 80's blue, and now it's a neutral Frieze.

master   master

The Master was a little busy. One of the easiest things I had them so was flip the comforter over so it was a solid color instead of a pattern.  It's a much cleaner look.  I also had them move all nonessentials from the room.  What you can't see is the furniture behind where I'm taking the picture was moved walls and opened up quite a bit.

Nice changes, don't you think?  All this for ONLY $143k!!!  Plus, a pool!


When you list with me, I don't just put a sign in your yard and stick it in the MLS.  I help you stage it in order to bring out the best in the house so others can picture it as their "HOME".

Remember, I work all of North Dallas County and Collin County including Richardson, Plano, Allen, Frisco, Carrollton, Garland, Rowlett, McKinney, etc... my car will take us anywhere you need to go!! 


Comment balloon 9 commentsDonna Harris • June 26 2007 11:52AM


Simple, understandable, changes that make a real difference. Good job.
Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 11 years ago
Thanks, Steven!
Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 11 years ago

Dang.... that isn't a 'baby gate'

it's a 'baby fence'


Great job as always Donna


Posted by Tom Burris, Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience (NMLS# 335055) about 11 years ago
Great post showing what a few changes can accomplish, especially in the bedroom. I couldn't take that comforter. -Charles
Posted by Jacqulyn Richey, Las Vegas Real Estate (Prominent Realty Group) about 11 years ago

Tom, yes, it was a fence... good fences make good children.  Isn't that the saying?

Charles, yes, just flipping a comforter over can make a huge difference.  I do that with most of the listings now, when possible.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 11 years ago
Great job Donna you really are an awesome agent to your sellers - the work you do is so valuable for their bottom line and having been a Realtor who took the ASP staging course you really know your stuff. The changes may be simple, (flipping a comforter, de cluttering, slipcovers etc) but the transformation speaks for itself.  Hope it sells quickly and for top dollar!
Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, (Home Star Staging) about 11 years ago
Thanks Karen.  I'm all about getting the sellers to do as much as possible for as little money as possible.  Most of the time, it's the little things that make the biggest difference!!
Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 11 years ago


Amazing what a few choice things can do for the overall visual effect of a home.  Nice job!

Only $143K?   Much more affordable than here in New Jersey. I think the pool would cost that! 


Posted by James Lockard, Realtor, Allendale, NJ (RE/MAX Properties - Saddle River) about 11 years ago

Hi James!  Yes, ONLY $143k!!  You know anyone who would like a good rental property because they could move tenants in right away and probably get about $1200-1300 a month for rent!  A pool like that, in today's dollars, would probably only cost about $25k since it's a simple design and no spa and no waterfall or anything fancy.  It was put in several years ago, so it was probably closer to only $15k.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 11 years ago