When Sandie and Tony put their huge house on the market, they didn’t think they would have any problem selling it.
While they knew their five-bedroom home nestled on 10 acres of manicured gardens needed some updating, they thought prospective buyers would love it just as much as they did.
The pair had lived at their property in the Queensland suburb of The Gap for 17 years and enjoyed every minute.
But after more than a year on the market and dropping the sale price to $2.6 million, they received very little interest. And they now realise why.
“We just looked at our house and thought that everyone would love it,” Sandie tells Lifestyle.com.au.
“The Selling Houses Australia renovation has really opened our eyes.
“Because now, after the renovation, we can really see that people will actually love it.”
And they certainly did! The pair launched a new real estate campaign after listening to advice from Andrew Winter throughout their time on the show - and within two weeks had a very strong offer, quickly selling it for $2.8 million.
"The new owners of the house came and looked at it in the second week of our new campaign and came back about four or five times after that,” Sandie explains.
“And then it just sold really quickly to them. We were so scared because of Coronavirus that it would all fall through, but we were so lucky.
“We settled in April and the new owners were so eager to get in. They got exactly what they wanted and so did we.”
While Sandie and Tony are now happily living in a rental property - they're preparing to build themselves a new and smaller house, Sandie says the home will hold a special place in her heart.
And she’d always hoped it would go to a family who loved it just as much as she did.
“I’ll always love that house, and I was always in two minds thinking oh well, I guess if it doesn’t sell we can keep it - although we really did need to sell,” she explains.
“But we met the new owners and honestly selling to them has been such a pleasure.
“They are just such nice people and we ended up coming over to show them how everything works around the house and they said we ‘keep pinching ourselves, every single morning we can’t believe we got this house’.”
Now that Sandie and Tony’s three sons have moved out, the house was feeling very empty with just the two of them. And despite having a real affection for their family home, they knew it was time to move on.
At this stage, Sandie’s glad that the young family who has moved in are making lots of happy memories in it together, the same way that she and her family did.
“We are so happy that somebody that loves it just as much as we did has got it,” she says.
“They’ve got young kids and the children are up from daybreak riding their bikes around, playing on the tennis court and swimming in the pool.
“We had always hoped that someone else would live there just like we did and now they are.
“It was almost like the house deserved to have a young family there and for them to be using everything the way that we did with our kids, it’s just the best possible outcome we could ever have wanted.”
Tony and Sandie are now concentrating on starting their new life in the rural town of Tallegalla in Queensland where they’ve made plenty of room for their 14 animals, including their beloved dog Bear, of course.
“All of our animals are so happy. The alpacas have a nice flat paddock to graze in and have horses in the next yard at our neighbours,” Sandi says,
“Our beautiful Bear is beyond happy. This rental property has a big verandah. So, he can walk himself in and outside if he wants to. He lies under the trees and goes off and talks to the alpacas and then goes to visit the chickens so he’s very happy and we just love it out here.”
When it comes to building their new house, the pair say they are taking a lot of tips after working with Shaynna and Charlie.
“Working with them has really opened our eyes,” Sandie says. “It has made us more confident in what to do with our new place.”
The pair are still in awe of the incredible transformation to their house and can’t believe how amazing the bathroom and kitchen looked after the makeover.
Although, if the Selling Houses Australia team had revealed the look they were going for from the start, Sandi probably wouldn’t have approved.
“I always think to myself, god I hate the Hamptons look and everyone kept laughing on the first day because they knew what was coming and I didn’t,” she says.
“And we ended up with those beautiful white, blues and all of those colours.
“It would never have been my choice, even building now I would never say let’s have a white house, but once it was all done and dusted and everyone was gone and we were sitting in our house looking at it we just went – wow this is stunning.
“The bathroom was just a work of art – it was just glorious, but the kitchen I think was my favourite because of the tiles,” Sandie says. “The tiles Shaynna chose just complimented everything so beautifully.”
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