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Before and After - Case Study in Renovation and Staging for my New Listing

The following are several before and after pictures of my new listing at 3004 Via La Selva in Palos Verdes Estates California listed for sale at $1,649,000. The property has 4 bedrooms 3 1/2 baths, and 3,049 square feet on two floors. The property also has a great location on one of the most highly sought after streets in "The Grove" section of the Valmonte area of Palos Verdes Estates. I discussed with the seller that I believed that with a significant renovation and staging of her home, that they should be able to sell their home much more quickly and for the best possible price. Staging services were provided by Wendy Wharton of Staging SouthBay



 Front of home before repainting









Front of Home After repainting and new flowers











 Entry with narrow staircase










New paint and wider stairwell ( moved right hand rail to edge of stairwell)












Dining Room before















Dining Room after new paint and removing outdated draperies and staging











Living Room Before










Living Room after new paint and staging












Kitchen before with tile counters and old appliances

















Kitchen with new granite counters, stone back-splash and new stainless steel appliances











Breakfast Room next to Kitchen Before










Breakfast room after new paint, new light fixture, removal of drapery and staging









Master Bathroom Shower Before













Master Bath Shower with new tile and glass shower enclosure, and new stone tile floor.










Master Bathroom Sink before














Master Bath Sink with new sink, new counter top, new mirror , new fixtures and new paint of cabinets, with relection of new shower tile and glass enclosure









Family Room before





Family Room with old book shelves removed, new paint and carpet and staging








Family Room with new carpet, paint and staging









In additon to the work noted above, we also replaced all door hardware and hinges, most ceiling lights and sconces, updated the second bath with new seamless glass shower enclosure and new tile stone flooring. In addition we also replaced most of the ceiling light fixtures throughout the house as well as the light sconces, and painted all rooms and installed new carpeting throughout. New landscaping was also added in both the front and rear yard flower beds.



Second Bedroom                                                            Upstairs Bedroom


Renovated Second Bath w/ new shower tile & enclosure          Patio with new flower bed landscaping





Upstairs bedroom with new paint, removal of blinds, new carpet and staging








Master Bedroom after new painting, new carpet and staging





The total cost of this renovation was approx. $50,000 and was completed in about 4 weeks. Fortunaely, the work did not include any new plumbing or electrical work, and only required new finishes and hardware.I believe that this work will result in a much quicker sale and for a price much better than would have been achieved without the renovation. This cost and effort was justified by the excellent location and curb appeal of this property.


Street View towards west                                               Street View towards east

I was totally responsible for this renovation, hiring the contractor for the bathroom and kitchen work, arranging for the painting ( including selecting the colors ) and new carpeting, shoping for the tile for the showers, bathroom floors, and kitchen back-splash, and selecting new light fixtures and door hardware.

I believe that my background in fashion design and home renovation and interior design gives me a unique ability to envision what is needed to position a property in the best possible way for sale.  This is one of several renovations I have worked on with my clients, including another recent renovation for a client who was the executor for a family trust with no members of the family in the area, so they relied upon me completely to supervise and coordinate the renovation work as well as arranging the estate sale and removing all of the furniture and other positions not sold in the estate sale. But that is a story for another case study in renovation and staging.

For more information about Palos Verdes and South Bay Real Estate and buying and selling a home on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, visit my website at . I try to make this the best real estate web blog in the South Bay Los Angeles and the Palos Verdes Peninsula. I would love to hear your comments or suggestions.

Comment balloon 7 commentsMaureen Megowan • September 05 2010 04:01AM


Love your before and after photos that say it all. Great makeover and I expect you'll get it sold quickly!

Posted by Barbara Michaluk, Top Producing / Full Service REALTOR in Marylan (Weichert Realtors | Silver Spring, MD Phone Direct 240-506-2434) almost 9 years ago

Good Morning Maureen, nice changes and great before and after photos!

Posted by Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips) almost 9 years ago

great eye candy and helpful suggestions for uplifting a property from on sale to sold !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 9 years ago

Very nice job Maureen.  This one shouldn't be on the market too long.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) almost 9 years ago

I just came acros this, Maureen.  The property looks terrific with all your changes.  I assume the home sold long ago - congratulations!

Posted by Beth Lester, Home Staging & Interior Decorating (Beth Lester Designs) over 8 years ago

Because the upstairs mezzanine bedrooms were quite small, it took us about 4 months to sell, and it sold for $1,450,000 in early January.  Without the makeover, I do not think it would have sold for near this price

Posted by Maureen Megowan, Palos Verdes Real Estate Blog (Remax Estate Properties - ) over 8 years ago

Without a doubt!

Posted by Beth Lester, Home Staging & Interior Decorating (Beth Lester Designs) over 8 years ago

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