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Success Story 524

4 Bed / 3 Bath / 2 Car

Happy sellers and happy buyers prove the value of home staging and having all the hard work done beforehand.

Set in a street where quality homes are plentiful, this Queenslander has been upgraded with a built-in sunroom instead of a verandah and features spacious open-plan living with four bedrooms leading off the living area and three bathrooms giving you luxury modern living. There’s a rumpus room and an extra-large balcony off the back to entertain guests year-round.

There is ample storage downstairs, with a double garage and laundry. The third bathroom is downstairs, great for tradespeople to clean off before entering the home. Work tools can be left downstairs separate from the home.

The owners kept this Queenslander well maintained, had a fortnightly garden service and installed many upgrades over the years, so when they contacted Rachel, the consultation was easy. The home only needed the following:

External home wash

Jimi, our expert house washer, cleaned the gutters, washed the external walls, eaves and downpipes and pressure cleaned the entry and back balcony and stairs. The garage floor was cleaned and all the walkways were treated for mould and algae and pressure washed. The home was sparkling from the outside once the cleaning was done. 


We then had handyman Craig do some minor repairs. He replaced light bulbs, re-siliconed the bathrooms and acid washed the shower floor downstairs to freshen the tiles and grout.


The window frames in the front sunrooms were sanded and painted and a few touch-ups were done to walls where there was a bit of wear and tear from daily life. It’s not always necessary to paint the whole house, sometimes just touch-ups make all the difference when you choose how to sell your home. As there were only adults living in the home, the walls just needed a good dust, no wall wash was required, so double the savings. 

Packing Services

Swift team member Erica came in and spent two days packing up all the cupboards, ready for storage, and some boxes were shifted to the new home straight away. We offer a great packing service where all boxes, papers and bubble wrap is supplied. One of our team will work with you while you sort through your items and label the boxes, so you know which room it came out of and where the boxes are going. This way you know what needs unpacking first. We also organise the packed boxes, so it is easy for the removalist to know which boxes are going where. This is a less intrusive way of helping you get your house ready for sale, without the pressure of several people in the home. We know it can be overwhelming, so one person with a kind and gentle presence is sometimes all you need.

Internal Clean

We had two cleaners give the home a deep clean. Bugs were removed from all light fixtures, air conditioner filters cleaned and cupboards and wardrobes cleaned inside and out. The bathrooms were deep cleaned and the kitchen degreased. The owners had an oven expert come and clean the specialty appliance so it was like new again.

Home Staging

As the owners were living in the home at the time, they did a walk-through with the stylist and agreed to what furniture and ornaments would stay and what would be packed up and sent to the new apartment. Once all the handyman work, gardening and cleaning was done, the stylist introduced replacement furniture, artwork, pillows and ornaments to stage the home and present it as show ready for photos and an open home. When clients say “sell my house”, house staging is a great way to stand out from the pack.

The home sold at auction, so there were five weeks of open homes before it sold under the hammer for $1.32 million. The sellers were happy to downgrade to a low-maintenance apartment and the buyers were happy to own a much-loved Queenslander that was move-in ready with zero maintenance required for 12 months. Happy customers all round, the perfect result when selling a house.


*Photos supplied by Deb McGuire – Place Kangaroo Point

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