Our condo was professionally staged, a photographer came last Friday and as my hubby was being laid off on Monday… the realtor was adding our property to the MLS listing.
Check it out… (click the link) the photos look great! Seriously.
My hubby did most of that work:
Entry and laundry tile, custom shelving in both pantry and coat closets, molding and floor boards (that he had to repaint after floor/carpet installation) we completed as our daughter was born.
One of the larger jobs he did a few years ago was removing the metal bars at the top of our staircase/kitchen and fabricated a wall next to the staircase. Then he purchased (3) cabinets from Home Depot and “built-in” to the wall. He originally added a cheaper counter to give us more “kitchen space” and include an office desk (since he worked from home.) Later this counter was removed, and a granite one was installed by a contractor.
One of the largest, longest projects was re-staining of the kitchen cabinets to match the Home Depot cabinets. At first, our realtor wanted him to paint those all white. That job was so horrendous and just completed- we said NO. (so she compromised with a white counter top- that I personally don’t like.)
So, on with all the things my hubby did within a short period of a month! Repaired holes in wall, and repainted, painted doors, painted cabinets, installed new blinds in kitchen/bathroom, re-screened all screens, installed new smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm, added new hardware on all cabinets (screws), added pulls, and knobs,
The above items were relatively “easy,” except installation of chandelier (that was a PAIN and took him nearly all day), and we Grabbed a faux silver wall paper like sticker to go over dishwasher. This makes it appear stainless steel to match other appliances. THAT STUFF is a pain in the ass to put on, like wall paper- ensuring all bubbles are out… but it looks awesome. cheap way of getting the effect, they might not even realize it’s faux. It actually cleans easier! $25.00 bucks
Lastly, lawn work, because the association’s lawn crew SUCKS. So cutting back plants. (our realtor wanted us to “replant” – and we’re like, no.) and now he’s currently working on clearing out garage, painting, and filling in a crack.
We paid for:
- Installation of granite counters (kitchen & laundry)
- Installation Faux wood flooring (laminate) in living room, kitchen, stairwell – actually, will be paid at closing
- Installation of new carpet in both bedrooms and their closets
- Painting of bathroom cabinets (My hubby just got done with the staining the kitchen cabinets, and the bathrooms were the same material. Apparently, those were extremely difficult.
- Professional staging (furniture rental)
A lot went into this and we’re still trying to get things out for Open House this weekend. I’m so done with this crap. It better sell HIGH. So our realtor wanted to list at 350k only… then it was $379 because there weren’t any other 2 bedrooms/2bath on the market… but then some others went on the market at the last second and she wants to ensure we get a lot of traffic, so she dropped it back down to 359. Zillow lists approx. property value at $390 (without considering the inside…just the outside)
We’re not even considering accepting any offer under 400k. I think it needs to be higher- Especially now that my hubby is unemployed. To me, that feels like “false” advertising, but I guess that’s the game. It makes her look good because we never have to “reduce” the price. She always sells thousands of dollars over listed price. A marketing ploy for her. Look, my properties never have to reduce and I typically get over 30 thousand in asking price. Isn’t she awesome? Yes, because the property should have really been listed at 390k, but then not that many will come. They want to get offers and sell after 1 weekend of showing.