Well, we had our first showing on Monday. On one hand we were SUPER excited because we had been feeling down that there was nothing over the weekend. On the other hand, we were exhausted from trying to get some things done that needed to be done to make the house look more finished.
Do you know what’s so weird? Not hearing any kind of feedback. It is so strange running around your house getting it ready for someone to come see for 30 minutes and not know what they thought about it. Fortunately our realtor called the other realtor and their buyer loved the house! The only problem was that their buyer needed RV/boat access to the back and we don’t have that. Oh well. Jesus knows who will buy our house. We just have to be patient and wait.
In addition to our first viewing on Monday we have had 8 more (including the six groups from our open house) so that’s encouraging! I’m excited because we are getting some traction.
Anyway, I promised you pictures…so here are some…I sort of want to do this one room at a time so bear with me. I guess it’s fitting to start with the front and move to the back?
On the left is the house when we first came to see it before we made an offer 3 years ago. The first picture is the entryway. The second is the front room and the third is a picture from the kitchen into the front room.
The pictures on the right are the house now. (Pictures by the lovely Courtney Miller of Courtney Miller Photography). Over the last 3 years we have changed it a few times. It was a living area for awhile and most recently an office/catch all room (not the most attractive arrangement for sure!), but for the home staging we converted it back to a living area.
Yeah, those unsightly red bars were some of the first things to go after we moved in. We left the half walls to help define the space a little better, but can I just say, it is amazing how much taking out those retro bars opens the space up!
The house was crazy dirty when we moved in. It was a foreclosure and I don’t think the previous owner cleaned much. The red also had to go!
The door in the 3rd picture on the left is the coat closet. Pictures of that and the office space to come.
Most of the furniture in this room was given to us. The buffet was my grandmother’s (then my mother’s, who passed it on to me). The mirror was from my Aunt Victoria. The couch was my other grandmother’s (my grandfather gifted it to us after she passed), the chair we found on the side of the road by a friends house, the end table was my grandmother’s (I plan on painting it at some point) and the coffee table was a cheap Craigslist find. The shelf on the wall came from Goodwill (but if I remember right, it was West Elm and still in it’s packaging). The rug is old and came from Lowes. I have hated it for the last 3 years but we haven’t needed to buy a new one till recently. After we got a new one for the main living area, we moved it to the front to fill the space a little better. The paintings on the shelf are by my Aunt Deeana. I will try and post a closer shot of those. She is crazy talented and I begged her for some of her paintings.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the before and after and hopefully tomorrow I will have more to post for you to see!
Credits: Courtney Miller Photography (the pretty ones…the other ones were me and the hubs…)