Many of the clients I have worked with in the South Surrey / White Rock B.C. area have similarities due to the nature of the community. Larger homes set on proportional lots surrounded by homes of equivalent stature and design. When one of these gets listed and my services are secured, making the home stand out from its contemporaries both inside and out is my primary focus and a skill I have honed over years of servicing this market.
Recently my help was enlisted for a project that was different in many aspects and I wanted to share the experience with you. A single, thirty-something firefighter had a stylish condo in White Rock that clearly had the “bachelor” stamp all over it and was collecting dust on the market after many months. He had a willingness to be creative, a desire to change anything and everything, and a current look that he knew needed to be gone. Oh…and he had a budget.
I took an inventory of everything he had, from furniture and finishings, to bedding and bath decor. Next I evaluated each item in terms of workability. This process involved determining whether I could work with the piece or not, but also what it would likely cost to find a suitable replacement or upgrade. Working on a tight budget, I had to be sure to maximize the design dollar available to me in order to create the greatest styling transformation possible. In the end, we kept roughly 50% of his decor/furnishings, allowing me to source fantastic deals to overhaul the other 50% and create a brand new look for his home. A new couch, TV stand, bedding, accent chairs, rug, mirror, pillows and lamps were all purchased under budget thanks to my ability, refined over the years, to locate amazing bargains on just the right items. The savings allowed me to create for the client a custom art wall of black and white photography drawing on the theme of firefighting. The client and the realtor were blown away. The condo sold at a price per square foot that was highest among area condos over the preceding four months.
A couple of things really stood out for me with this contract. The first was that home staging and restyling don’t have to be expensive. The transformation that we accomplished on a tight budget was quite remarkable. The second was the satisfaction I gained from using my creativity and expertise in a way that was slightly different than the norm for me.