House #1: After Pics

October 9, 2008 · 6 comments

As promised, here are some pictures of the interior of The Corn House, taken during staging today…

While the house isn’t yet fully staged, these should give a general idea of the work we did and the final outcome of the interior. I think I speak for the whole team (my wife, my brother, his girlfriend, and myself) when I say that we’re very pleased with how the interior turned out; the ceramic and travertine tile in the kitchen and baths are beautiful, the tiled master shower is indicative of houses far above the price-range of this one, and hardwood floors in the entryway, living room and dining room really make this house stand out from the competing homes for sale in the neighborhood.

We’re hoping to finish up the exterior this weekend, and then finish staging on Monday (we’re on vacation for the next couple days). Our realtor was sick today, so we postponed the walk-through until Monday afternoon. Hopefully by then we’ll have a good idea of what we’ll be listing the property for, and will find out if we stand to make a profit on this one or not…


And, of course, once we finish staging and the exterior, we’ll have some final before & after pictures…

6 responses to “House #1: After Pics”

  1. Kristeen says:

    Wow! I can’t even believe this is the same house – great work Lish! It’s beautiful!

  2. Andres says:

    Let me start by saying that the pics look very impressive.

    I just saw the pics for the bathrooms. I used to do the bathrooms n a very similar way. Then, somebody told me to use pedestals instead of cabinets and that creates an impression of a bigger space.

    I know the cabinets provide more functional, usable space to the homeowners, but it seems the buyers respond better to the pedestals for the reason I mentioned.

  3. Bilgefisher says:

    Your wife has some really good staging skills. The house really sells itself.
    Questions for you: Do you have movers brings in all the staging furniture? How much does that cost you per house?

  4. J Scott says:

    Andres –

    We’ve gone back and forth on the pedestal sink issue…definitely looks better, but detracts from the functionality (as you mentioned) by reducing storage and counter space. We actually went so far as to pull a pedestal sink OUT of The Second Chance House, because we felt that the counter space was more necessary.

    But, you make a great point about creating a bigger space, and I’m guessing that for some bathrooms, a pedestal will be a much better choice. Ultimately, the wife makes these decisions, so it’s not really up to me… 🙂

  5. J Scott says:

    Bilge –

    This is the first time we’ve needed to move any furniture for staging (the first time we had it delivered directly from the stores). We decided to try moving it ourselves this time (my brother and myself), and while it was more work than I expected, it wasn’t too bad. Luckily my wife was smart to pick out light furniture, knowing it would need to be moved often.

    Ultimately, it cost us only the price of the U-Haul truck — $60.

    Movers would have cost about $250-300, and if we had gotten the truck ourselves and paid a couple guys to move the furniture, it would have probably been about $150.

    Not sure what we’ll do next time, but probably won’t do it ourselves again. For the extra $100-200, it’s not worth the time and effort (I’m getting old)…

  6. Bilgefisher says:

    Thanks for the reply. I think your making the right choice, especially if you are planning on scaling the operation. Perhaps having your general labor workers do the move might save you money as well. 2 guys moving everything in 2 hours at $15/hr ~ $60. Just an idea.

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