I worked with Annette on an unfurnished Victorian terrace I was selling for a client, and all I can say was that she totally transformed the house. Everything was well thought through from the colours and furniture to the space and decorative items. Our buyer's very quickly fell in love with the place and our client loved the work too. I highly recommend Annette's approach and home staging service to help your home stand out in today's ever crowded marketplace.
Dan To Castor Bay Property
I had two months to prepare, market and sell my three-bedroom house after living there for 15 years and reached out to Annette after a recommendation from a friend. The initial home staging consultation was very thorough, I received a comprehensive report with guidance on how to prepare for estate agent photos. This included de-cluttering and how to use my own items to enhance the property. Annette also supplied additional pieces where needed and helped with dressing and preparation. Annette’s keen eye for design and layout showed the house off at its best and her calm and ‘get on with it’ approach was just what was needed at that time! The photos were great and after 15 viewings and 6 offers I received the top guide price for the property. I highly recommend Annette, her guidance and practical help throughout the process even culminated in a post-sale house clean!
Sara East Sussex
Recently we completed on a property in Claygate for over £1.5million. The property was empty and even though it was in excellent presentation it lacked emotion. Annette Gardner from Hepburn at Home advised the vendors to home stage the main living areas and the master bedroom as most buyers buy with emotion, and having the property staged buyers can very quickly visualise seeing themselves living in the property. Annette's choice of modern and contemporary furnishings created the lived-in feel and we were able to secure a buyer very quickly. I can highly recommend her services. Sandra Tooley Castor Bay Property
Having moved home last year with a fair amount of ‘stuff’, a lot of it has been stored in the spare bedroom of my new flat. This included boxes, bags and paperwork from my loft in my previous apartment. I am on a healing journey from cancer, so have not had the energy or motivation to sort through it all, it felt too overwhelming on my own. Annette came in and instantly had a plan of how to reorganise and de-clutter by utilising the fitted wardrobe space more effectively for storage and tackling one box or bag at a time. I wanted to keep my Mum’s china that I inherited in a safe space which Annette managed to fit in the top of the wardrobe and we then made a space for stationery and then wellness products, which is how I wanted to store things - by subject, so they are easier to find.
Annette helped me sort through items for the charity shop or to throw away and we made surprisingly good progress in three hours. I felt a real sense of achievement from a very productive afternoon and have booked another session to continue in a few weeks time, to pace myself as it can be emotionally as well as physically tiring. Annette took that pressure off and her friendly, organised and compassionate way of working was just what I needed. I would highly recommend her to anyone needing help to declutter their home.
Trixie Sams, East Sussex
I needed a professional surveyor inspection of my semi-detached house in Farnham, Surrey in order to secure an equity release offer, principally to pay off my existing mortgage where the term was soon to come to an end. I have been suffering from ill health from some time and the house was in need of a makeover. Annette organised complete de-cluttering and cleaning and came up with creative solutions including, furnishings, new fabrics and materials which significantly improved the presentation of my property. I got a fair valuation leading quickly to an offer from a major equity release provider. Annettes input very much contributed to this successful outcome and I really appreciate what she did and strongly recommend the use of her services. James Pearson, Farnham
In addition to practical advice on how to arrange your living space for a happy and pleasant ambiance, I was amazed at the accuracy of some of the things that were picked up on - including a recent battle with a rogue plumber that was creating negative energy in the main bathroom. I was also given practical suggestions for improvements ranging from use of colour and placement of pictures on the walls to crystals. I followed their advice and it worked. The idea that the house you live in stores 'energy' from previous events, inhabitants or emotional trauma made sense to me and my home felt happier and calmer after the visit. Whether you want to address a specific problem such as troublesome neighbours, 'cleanse' your house of the energy of previous inhabitants or heal the legacy of an emotional upheaval and start again with a clean slate, then Annette is feng shui with bells on! Karen, London
Earlier this year I found myself in a difficult position with an empty 5 bedroom house and a real challenge to let it out. It was decided that in order to get the best possible rental for the property that we should stage it for the open day. Annette from Hepburn at Home worked her magic and furnished the property beautifully. We were so pleased to have received no fewer than 5 offers on the first day of viewings and agreed to let the property to a lovely family who offered over the asking price – a real triumph in the current market.
Annette’s service didn’t stop at the home staging. At a slightly later stage we needed some support to get tenants moved into a new property without furniture. Annette was incredibly flexible and accommodating and agreed to help me furnish the property for my new tenants. She pulled a rabbit out of a hat by turning the whole thing around in 3 days ensuring a smooth move for my tenants.
I can’t thank Annette enough for her help and support with these two jobs and look forward to working together with her again in the future’ Joanne James Jo and Co Property Management