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Success Story 587

6 bed / 4 bath / 4 car

Winning result as Qlder gets much-needed attention

Valuable lessons were learnt in the sale process for this stunning Queenslander.

Upstairs, the open-plan layout includes a distinguished formal lounge and dining room. An additional meals area extends onto a breezy deck with city views and there’s a classic rotunda to entertain guests in style, while enjoying the outlook.

Close to the CBD and set over two levels, the home provides generous living options that flow seamlessly to the outdoor entertaining areas. A gorgeous rear deck overlooks the pool, while the downstairs rumpus room is perfect for guests or teenagers.

There’s a unique layout for the master suite with dressing room and marble ensuite. The second bedroom and bathroom are both upstairs. A huge home office features integrated shelving and a separate study. Preserved pressed metal ceilings, exquisite leadlight glass and ornate fretwork is a feast for the eyes.

Downstairs features four spacious bedrooms, serviced by two bathrooms. There’s a generous rumpus room and access to further outdoor entertaining areas and a pool. A large kitchenette provides effortless entertaining. There’s garages for four cars and an automated irrigation system. Tall hedges, well-established trees and high fences add to the sense of privacy.

When the agent told us the homeowners wanted to sell, they had already started to prepare the home for sale, and it was a mess. They were feeling overwhelmed with the process and it had become all too hard. The great thing is they had moved into one of their other homes so it gave the tradespeople access to get things done swiftly.

Heritage Queenslanders are high maintenance and over the years the to-do list had become too long for the owners to manage on top of the daily work-life balance. Team Swift knows tradespeople who can move quickly and help when working to a deadline when you say sell my house.

The home received a makeover including:


All hedges were trimmed and cut square, some lawn was replaced in patches and mowed and trimmed. All the green waste was removed and gardens were given a low-maintenance makeover, making it easier for the next occupants. All the seasonal plants were removed.

External Pressure Clean

While we recommend an external house wash, including a roof, tile and gutter clean, it was declined. The agent decided to go with just a DIY cleaning of the walkways and walls.


The back deck was lightly sanded and stained to bring it back to new.


This started with the external retaining wall by the pool and pillars. Our tradespeople then moved inside to paint the garage roof, four feature walls and the living rooms and hallway to remove yellow paint. This was a four-day patch and paint job and now you can’t tell which walls received a fresh coat of paint, as the cleaners were instructed to wash the walls that didn’t get painted.


Bathrooms needed a little TLC with some new silicon. We reattached door handles and fixtures, re-hung the name ‘Foley House’ on the front porch, painted the front stairs and repaired the front gate. We also repaired the handrail on the stairs leading to the back deck and re-cemented a loose tile on the garden footpath. Minor repairs gave the home the finish it needed.


The homeowners did the internal cleaning, packing and decluttering but we used our professional cleaners to do the wall washing. This also included some steam cleaning of outdoor and sunroom couch cushions.


Some furniture stayed, some was packed up and moved to the new home and in a quick solution, unwanted furniture was donated to the Salvation Army. Luckily, Rachel donates to several charities and the Salvos were happy to collect.

Home Staging

The agent had a lovely stylist who was happy to use the owners’ furniture for house staging. The homeowners’ beds were dressed, couches were zhushed, the dining tables set and new living room furniture was introduced to give the home flow and a blue colour scheme. Unique artwork was used to ensure the home looked great in open homes. We were happy to pay someone to move the furniture so the stylist could get the home ready for photos.

Pool Certification

A long list of repairs saw the pool emptied, fixed and refilled. A new cover was built for the pool pump, along with correct CPR signage and a few minor repairs to the fencing to make it safe. Unfortunately, pools can become expensive if not maintained and regardless of selling or renting the home, the repairs had to be done.

Things not done:

An overdue external home paint wasn’t done nor house wash as it would have just highlighted the need for fresh paint.

Selling a house is an involved process and many lessons were learnt on this project. Team Swift is always happy to help where needed when you decide how to sell your house. As you can see, Queenslanders need lots of love and attention. Had Rachel been contacted from the start she would have followed our six-step Blueprint and done things in a different order to get the work ready efficiently without having tradespeople working on top of one another. We could have also saved the homeowners’ budget when it came to pool maintenance and could have used funds more effectively on other aspects of the cleaning. However, there was a rush to get this lovely home on the market and not all project managers think the same. At the end of the day, the home looked great in the photos and videos and only the trained eye of a renovator buyer would have spotted what wasn’t done. However, we all learnt valuable lessons to ensure more efficient projects going forward.

The home went to auction and didn’t sell. With the agent’s guidance the home was listed for rent and an executive rental agreement was struck that suited the homeowners’ needs. It also gave the agency the opportunity to do the maintenance required in the building and pest report during the rental. So this Queenslander is getting the TLC it needs to stay well maintained – a winning result all round.


*Photos and video supplied by Byrony O’Neill Real Estate

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