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Success Story 576

3 bed / 1 Bath / 1 Car

This original turn-of-the-century workers’ cottage was sold in just five days thanks to Team Swift and a motivated seller.

The home, in a quality location, enjoys a picture-perfect street facade from the white picket fence, to the manicured gardens and wide verandah.

The original floor plan offers a versatile layout with a separate air conditioned lounge room and a combined kitchen/dining space. The interiors are dressed in traditional tones with original polished timber floors, creamy coloured VJ walls, picture rails and three-metre ceiling height.

Updated to suit more modern requirements about 10 years ago, this kitchen is fitted with 2Pac cabinetry, stone benchtops, stainless steel dishwasher, gas stove and ample storage. From here, we move outdoors to a large grassy backyard offering a vast amount of secure space for entertainment and for children and pets to play.

Freshly painted and neatly presented, the home has a new roof and has been restumped with concrete posts, ensuring it will continue to stand the test of time. Concrete has been laid underneath and offers ample car accommodation, a laundry area and loads of secure storage.

With one kilometre of bike path immediately accessible from the front door, you get you access to three separate parks and nearby sports fields.

The property is just four kilometres to the CBD and near a train station for convenient city access.

This owner did well keeping the home regularly maintained before declaring “sell my house”. Workers’ cottages need less maintenance than a Queenslander. When owner and motivated seller Tom contacted Rachel, all that was needed was a deep clean and styling to get the home photo ready.

Tom has a green thumb, so he did the gardens and kept the yard tidy and weeded. The home had already been house washed four months prior and with a new roof and new stumps, no handyman repairs were required.

For home staging, the agent’s stylist worked with Tom’s furniture as he was living in the home until it was sold. A few additional chairs were used but mostly artwork, throw rugs and pillows and the house staging was ready for open homes. As Tom wasn’t materialistic, it was easy to declutter and pack away a few photos to depersonalise the home.

The big task was washing down the walls to restore the paint, a good old-fashioned spring clean to get rid of the cobwebs and dust, clean out the kitchen cupboards and oven and a deep clean of the bathroom. Kitchens and bathrooms are not the favourite areas for cleaning so often get neglected but six months later you need a heavy-duty degreaser and extra elbow power to get things clean. Luckily we have amazing cleaners on our team and it only took a day to get the home deep cleaned and ready for photos.

Tom also choose to get regular cleans before each open home, to ensure the property was clean and each room smelt fresh for buyers. The home was on the market only five days before someone made an offer of $667,000, which was $17,000 above market rates. Tom was happy to accept, packed his bags and moved out – another win-win for Team Swift when selling a house.

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*Photos supplied by Shane Hicks – Place Bulimba


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