There is a team here in DC who does many things very, very well, and one of them is staging their listings to look their best. Sometimes, I'll walk into a house and know it's theirs because I recognize the furniture, which moves from one listing to the next as they come on the market and sell. And it always looks great.
Also, they seem to have contractors who can come in and work magic, so the kitchens and baths always look new, and the paint is fresh and the floors glossy.
But today, I walked into one of their listings and had to wonder how much magic you could work on a basically funky house with great staging.
The first impression when you walk in the door is some really, really ugly "That 70's Show" linoleum. A turn to the left and I was in the living room, with a pretty mirror above the fireplace mantel, a few pieces of simple and beautiful furniture, and the dining room and sun room were equally appealing.
But the rest of the house?
The kitchen was clean, but really ugly. The baths were perfect examples of early indoor plumbing. The bedroom walls on the second floor were all buried in some particularly nasty faux wood paneling.
So to get to the great looking part from the front door, there is an ugly foyer. And after the good stuff, you get ugly paneling.
The house has been on the market for a while, and the photos (they only had shots of the nice rooms) looked pretty nice. And I do think the agents are making the best of a funky house.
Too bad they can't convince the sellers to pull up the linoleum in the entry foyer. It's that old first impression thing that might get buyers past the paneling.