Design-to-sell: one property’s journey

20 Dec

Showing a buyer a house is a home sometimes requires more than just bringing in furniture and accessories.  That was definitely the case with our most recent design-to-sell property in Plymouth Meeting, PA.

My initial reaction when walking into this property was ‘wow, this is a little dated’.  Although the home has a great layout, ample space, a large backyard and is in a sweet location it needed some updates.

One of the things to remember when updating your home for sale is to spend your money well.  You want to make the necessary updates but don’t go overboard or you may end up losing money.

After the walk thru I was excited to get started.  We came up with a list of updates that we felt were necessary to make the home stand out.  On top of the staging walk thru my clients brought in a home inspector to do a pre-inspection. Luckily there were only a few things that came up on the report and we were able to take care of them.

I wanted to get everything accomplished in two weeks as to not hold up the showings for too long.  We pushed through and managed to get the job done in time!

Here are the before and after shots with a list of what was done.  Enjoy!

Living Room:

Living Room AfterLiving Room AfterLiving Room Before

  • Paint (BenMoore: Swiss Coffee BenMoore:Tree Moss (Accent))
  • Paint trim
  • Remove furniture


Kitchen BeforeKitchen AfterKitchen BeforeKitchen After

  • Replace wallpaper w/paint (BenMoore: Cedar Key)
  • Update light fixture
  • Update cabinet hardware
  • Stage w/accessories

Family Room:

Family Room BeforeFamily Room AfterFamily Room After

  • Update light fixture
  • Repair ceiling
  • Stage using client’s furniture


Basement BeforeBasement AfterGarage BeforeGarage AfterGarage BeforeBasement After

  • Cleaned out garage
  • Demo/removed shelving
  • Minimally staged basement w/ client’s furniture
  • Cleaned out laundry area

1/2 Bath:

1/2 bath before1/2 Bath After

  • Repaired unfinished ceiling
  • Replaced blinds w/ window treatment
  • Replaced damaged flooring
  • Staged w/accessories

Master Bedroom:

Bedroom BeforeBedroom After

  • Painted walls (BenMoore: Cedar Key)
  • Painted trim
  • Painted doors/closet doors
  • Removed carpet
  • Refinished Floors
  • Removed window treatments
  • Staged using seller’s left behind furniture (painted 2 nightstands white)

Master Bathroom:

Master Bathroom BeforeBathroom AfterMaster Bath After

  • Replaced wallpaper with paint (BenMoore: Swiss Coffee)
  • Updated vanity
  • Updated light fixture
  • Replaced toilet
  • Painted floor tiles w/floor paint
  • Staged w/accessories

Spare Bedrooms/Hall Foyer:

Spare Bedroom BeforeSpare bedroom afterFoyer After

  • Removed window treatments
  • Removed carpet
  • Refinished floors
  • Painted trim
  • Painted doors

Full Bath:

Guest Bath BeforeGuest Bath After

Guest Bath After

  • Replaced wallpaper w/ paint (BenMoore: Violet White)
  • Replaced vanity
  • Replaced toilet
  • Painted floor w/ floor paint
  • Replaced light fixture
  • Staged w/ accessories

Interested in seeing this property?  Check out the listing here to contact Susan or Helen.  Let me know what you think!


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