Two Homes in one meant this was always going to be a tricky sale – A rather large barn conversion, this property comprised a main home with five bedrooms and an annex with a more modest two (though both were generous!). The Barn had separate entrances and driveways but both shared the same stunning view over the Rossendale Valley.
At our first meeting, Michelle explained that there had been cows in the barn when they first bought it and it had taken many years to bring it to the beautiful home it was today, so she was surprised that no-one had shown any interest. There had been no expense spared when developing their home they had always thought it was their ‘forever’ home until fate intervened and they had to move for family circumstances.
The property had been on the market for almost a year with no interest, and they’d had to move into temporary accommodation so that the children’s education wasn’t disrupted. So began a transient life with weekends spent at the barn and weekdays spent 40 miles away in rented accommodation. Obviously, an expensive but necessary solution, the family were at the end of their tether when they heard about ROO ST. through a friend.
When looking at the photographs on internet it was clear to see why the barn wasn’t getting much interest. Although the property was stunning, the photographs had been rushed and taken without much thought about what message they gave out. It looked cold, hard and very confusing, with different stairs, kitchens and bathrooms and the outside sometimes looked lifeless and austere. The images just didn’t do it justice at all.
Looking around the property together, we decided what actions to take giving the owners time to act upon this, we returned a few weeks later to simply style and photograph the property in a more considered way. We made only small changes but lots of them where we thought it would benefit, for example the sofa was very large and swamped what was a large living room, making it appear smaller. Fortunately, it was a modular sofa so we took off a couple of pieces and used them as separate chairs. To break up the dark colour we added some cream cushions and throws.
There was also a bedroom which had been used as dressing room but looked ‘hard’ in the photograph with all those wardrobes and drawers so we added a simply dressed bed. Most of the other rooms we ended up taking things away rather than adding, turning on lamps and lights to give more atmosphere and generally de-cluttering.
Always best to try and get some blue sky in the photograph the external photographs proved the trickiest on a cloudy day in the North of England! It meant dropping everything as soon as it peeped through as it only lasted a few minutes before it was back behind clouds!
The owners were delighted with the results when we selected the photographs together and sent them to the agent adding plans to explain each area and why there were two kitchens and two staircases. The property went back on the market and within days they had a viewing booked.
Returning on the day of the viewing we set out the garden furniture and dressed it adding seasonal plants, throws and colourful cushions prior to their arrival to help create the very best first impression.
It was the longest viewing ever known lasting for four hours they loved the place that much! (it was a big, but still, 4 hours is a very positive sign!) Sure enough, a few days later, an offer was put in, although it was conditional as they wanted to make some small changes and needed to seek planning permission.
Not long after, another family came to view and they immediately fell in love with it. They put in an offer for the full asking price with no conditions which was accepted. The new family moved in within a couple of months and our clients could finally put down new roots and having all of the family and possessions together under one roof for the first time in eighteen months!