This seller was a BUSY guy. He already moved to DC and didn’t want to spend another second thinking about his Station Square condo. (Very few people can afford to think that way!) Recently I sold his friend’s condo unit in the building and he recommended me as a hassle free agent who gets things done. So he hired me and here’s the testimonial he wrote me and my assistant Karla after the settlement:
“Renata was simply amazing to work with. I had been hesitant to sell my condo because I felt I didn’t have the time to spend going through the process. After one meeting with Renata I knew I was in good hands. She took care of everything: painting, staging, cleaning, brochures and the open house. Renata and her assistant Karla kept me updated throughout the process, and were quick to respond to any questions I had. In a matter of weeks after our first meeting I received several offers above asking, and was able to close on a sale. I couldn’t be happier with my experience, and I would recommend Renata to anyone looking to buy or sell their home.”
This client wanted for things to be hassle free – and they were. He also let me help him – some sellers are a lot more hands on and want to be a part of the process.
Back to the condo!
Station Square is very well located, but very boxy and square. So you need a little bit of drama that can be created with some paint and light fixtures. And of course staging. (Did you know I include staging for no additional cost to the seller?) Staging sets you apart and brings more buyers.
Originally the whole condo was painted white and had some of the seller’s furniture in it. It also had all of the original finishes in the kitchen and baths. My stager Jan and I decided to paint family room, kitchen and the baths. We decided to leave the bedrooms alone. It also had some track lighting instead of the chandelier – so we decided to install a “sputnik” style light fixture to dress it up and create a good 1st impression. (Just like a black dress – it needs a necklace, or it will look unfinished). The total cost to the seller was $1,314.98 – Painter $1,150,Chandelier $138.99, Lightbulbs $25.99.
Here are the “Before and After” photos:
We moved some of the old seller’s furniture to the second bedroom and created an “office”.
We painted the kitchen and added some cute props – it made it warmer and the chandelier lifted things up a bit.
We just made the bed in the bedrooms and added some props.
We painted the baths. Here’s the Master Bath
Here’s what the painting did to the 2nd bath
And this is how it was presented.
We priced it very competitively, received 9 offers and ratified a contract $37,250 above list price. No appraisal, no inspection, no financing contingencies. As hassle free as possible.
Your home is the largest investment of your life – why would you want to cut corners?
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