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

Another Staging Success

I listed a new listing this afternoon, and it looks like a million dollars, but it's only $133,900!!  When I first walked in, I'm thinking we're going to be lucky to get $125k, but the sellers did everything I asked of them, and it looks great, and I feel very comfortable with the asking price.  It's going to put other houses in the neighborhood to shame.

Here are a couple of my before and after pictures:

Formal Living    Formal Living

Changing the rug and reducing the size allowed for the hardwoods to shine.  They're original so they're not in the greatest condition with a huge window making some of the wood fade, or we would have done an even smaller rug.  The ottoman had to go and so did some of the artwork and pillows.

Family Room    Family Room

Of course we took the steam cleaner out of the room.  We also changed the slip cover for the couch to a lighter color to make the room look larger, lighter and brighter.  Took most things off the shelves and walls, and what a difference!

Kitchen    Kitchen

Look, you can actually see the tile counters and backsplash!!  Look at the art-deco lighting.  Before, you couldn't tell what was going on.  There was something on every inch of counter space.  It looks to clean and crisp now, and ready for a new chef!!

CLICK HERE for the Visual Tour- What do you think of the transformation??  Are YOU Packed??

Comment balloon 10 commentsDonna Harris • April 02 2007 08:21PM



Very nice. Wow what a difference. If only all sellers would be that serious!

Posted by Gary Smith (Agent Marketing Today) almost 12 years ago
Donna: It looks awesome and shows how much can be done with very little investment other than the advice of a qualified stager and  some effort put forth on decluttering.  So many people don't realize what a difference it can make just to just "streamline" their surrondings.
Posted by Diana Corcoran, Rhinebeck Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Hudson Valley Properties) almost 12 years ago

That should do it!

Thanks for sharing. 

Posted by Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals (Keller Williams Realty Professionals) almost 12 years ago

I added a link for the full tour so you could see the full transformation.

Thank you for your comments.  Know any buyers in this price range for Dallas?  I met with this seller on Tuesday to list the house.  I then met with them on Thursday to go over the staging. I thought it would take at least a week, but they were done by Sunday, and I was there today taking the pictures and we're now officially listed in the MLS ready for showings!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 12 years ago

Nice Work Donna.



Posted by Watch My Listings (Watch My Listings) almost 12 years ago
I just had some sellers that did everything that I asked and we had a contract in 10 days.  It works when they work.
Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 12 years ago
The first two were big, but the last was night and day.  I am amazed they let you take the before picture.  I would be embarrassed.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago

Hey donna, nice staging photos

nice to see you again


Posted by Ray Saenz, Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor (Exit Realty Laredo) almost 12 years ago

I defintely agree that it works as long as they work with us.  I had a listing that wouldn't do anything I asked, and I had to terminate the listing.  It's almost a year later, and it's still on the market, and they've only had 2 showings!  So sad!!

As for the seller "allowing" me to take the pictures, I don't really give a choice.  I tell them that I want to add them to my success pictures to show other sellers, and I don't think I've had a single person say no.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 12 years ago
Looks great.  Keep up the good work.
Posted by Paul Korodaj, Overland Park Real Estate (Overland Park Real Estate :: Keller Williams Platinum) almost 12 years ago