Rosalie and Edward Schneider's four-bedroom, 4.5-bath waterfront Colonial in Nissequogue has been on and off the market since October, when they first listed it for $2.5 million. In April, when the house was relisted, the price was reduced to $2.29 million. Since she's had few lookers, Schneider, 62, a retired special education teacher, wants to know if the images she's using in her online listing and her virtual tour can be improved.
From Denise Wolfe, a Realtor, interior designer and professional stager who owns Staged Design Interiors, which is based in Old Brookville:
In this spare bedroom, Wolfe suggests removing the television and the mirror from the dresser. Both may distract buyers from seeing the room, with its views of the Nissequogue River and the lush outdoors. And, she suggests hanging a painting over the dresser or placing a green plant there. Remove the knick-knacks from the floor, as well as the small table to the left of the window, she says. As for the mirror on the wall, turn it sideways to make better use of the open space, she says. Then, place the bed on an angle, remove the breakfast tray and switch out the pillows for more vibrant colors.
"It's a beautiful home, but there's no curb appeal in this photo," says Wolfe. She suggests planting annuals around the trees. To make it all pop, she suggests placing two pedastal urns in the driveway filled with ferns and ornamental flowers.The urns should be at least two feet tall and black to match the shutters.
Schneider says she thinks the changes in the bedroom are doable, although the mirror on the wall is meant to be hung vertically. As for the exterior, she points out that she does have two black urns on the front step. She says she might try repositioning them to frame the walkway up to the house, at least for new photos, and plant some flowers.
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