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“Sold Our House For Over Asking Price”

I wish that I could give Dan 10 stars because he deserves it! Great eye for detail, great people skills, and he will give you a very honest opinion (zero sugar coating) about what it will take for you to sell your house.

My wife and I were having trouble selling our house in Natick for the past year so it was recommended for us to stage the house. We found Dan online and I knew that I was going to hire him after our first phone conversation for a number of reasons. We did have other stagers come to give us quotes , however the way that Dan approached our situation was unique and made us feel that he not only cared about helping us sell the house but helping us to sell it for a price that we would not regret. He went through the inside and outside of the house with a fine tooth comb and gave us about three pages worth of advice about things to replace, things to fix, and small upgrades that would help us bring out the true beauty of the property. He also gave us a comprehensive list of paint colors to use for the ceilings, walls, and trim for the first floor, second floor, bathrooms, basement, and hallways.

Working with Dan was an absolute pleasure and he was always there to answer any questions that we had no matter how ridiculous they were. I still remember walking into the house after he finished staging it and being speechless because I never saw it so beautiful. It looked so good that my wife actually had second thoughts about selling it because she wanted to live there. That is the ultimate proof that Dan did a great job!

We received a number of full price offers after the first open house and eventually sold for over asking price! Needless to say that my wife intends to hire Dan to advise us on colors and new furniture for our next house so I can't wait to work with him again. I HIGHLY recommend Dan for any future project that you may have and would be happy to be a reference if you would like to hear more about how he helped us (Dan has my contact info).

—Vishnu Pandey, Natick

"Hiring Dan was the best investment I made."

I highly recommend Daniel H. Houde Design.  Dan went well above and beyond my expectations.  Having already relocated to another state, it was imperative that I had a stager/designer who could turn my vacant house into a home with buyer appeal. 

He made recommendations including a full staging as well as changes to lighting, flooring and appliances to appeal to the majority of buyers.  I was also concerned that I called him too late and that we wouldn’t have time to get the house quickly back on the market for the early spring.  We had continuous dialogue and coordination through phone and email.  Dan was very responsive, proactive and made the experience stress-free.  He managed to coordinate and complete all the changes and updates in an extremely short period of time at a reasonable rate that met my budget.   

My house was on the market eight months prior to hiring Dan with no legitimate offers.  Through Dan’s vision, creativity and staging experience, we managed to get multiple bids and a price close to listing price in just over 30 days on the market.  Hiring Dan was the best investment I made.

—David Dobro, Canton

"At the Top of His Game"

Dan is at the top of his game & the best of the best! You won't find a better designer/staging professional anywhere. He is very talented and great to work with. He knows exactly how to stage properties and therefore adds tremendous value to your homes. He is definitely 5+ stars from me!

—Michael McGuire

“I Honestly Wouldn't Hire Anyone Else”

When we hired Daniel, I had an instant connection and felt 100% confident about what he could do with the home I was trying to sell. When I walked in to the home for the first time after it was staged, I was in complete awe! I never expected it to look the way it looked. I fell in love with everything he did. I honestly wouldn't hire anyone else in the business other than Daniel. Hope this isn't too long, honestly when I see talent I have to express it ! HE HAS IT !

--kara6260

“Meticulous With Everything He Does"

We hired Dan Houde Design to stage our home before we put it on the market. Dan knew exactly what would attract potential buyers. New hardwood floors , new paint colors and lighting fixtures transformed our home into a much more desirable property . Dan's positive attitude and strong work ethic kept our project on time and on budget. He told us that he was there to make it all easy and he was exactly right. He either did the work himself or managed any other workers that were in our home.

He is meticulous with everything he does, from the moldings to the furniture selection and placement.

Our home sold in less than 24 hours. We are already planning another design project with Dan at another location!

—ghrick07070

“Intuitive, Creative and Talented”

I have worked with Dan for the past nine years and have used him in all three of my homes. He is far more intuitive, creative and talented then any of the New York City designers I used before meeting him. If you want your home to be magazine worthy I highly recommend him.

—Robin123

"A True Difference Maker"

Dan is a true Difference Maker. I have had the pleasure of working with him on multiple projects from a Beacon Hill townhouse to a 6-bedroom Wellesley period home and many residences in between. Without fail, Dan has the uncanny ability to best position a property from a lifestyle standpoint to create a cohesive vision that evokes an emotional appeal for my clients' buyers. In a competitive marketplace, I continue to rely on Dan to provide the level of professionalism, market insight, creative genius and outstanding staging vignettes to help me sell my listings faster and for a higher price.

—Jill Boudreau

"An Artist That Understands the Clients’ Needs;

Dan volunteered It is always a pleasure to work with Dan. I have known him for over ten years and we have worked on several projects together. His vast experience in design and staging along with his positive attitude and professional knowhow transforms ordinary designs into extra ordinary results. He is not only an artist but also understands the clients needs and is able to work within their budgets and timelines. Dan's unique approach is effective and fun for all involved and the client, more often than not, is "WOWed!!!" when they see the results of his efforts.

—tank28912

"An Asset to the Real Estate World"

Dan did an amazing job designing and furishing my model unit at a luxury downtown Boston building. The homes flew off the market in the dead of winter. He and his staff were remarkably on time and on budget. I reccommend Dan Houde to the single family home owner to the largest developer. He is an asset to the real estate world of sales.

—amynel

"His Transformations Are Absolutely Astounding"

Even the most beautiful home is unable to speak for itself when it comes to all that it could be and all of the possibilities. Standing on its own, it is difficult for a buyer to play down any negatives and envision the positives and the benefits of any given space. Most buyers know exactly what they want: all too often they just don't know what that is. Like the perfect hairstyle a flattering outfit or just the right makeup, Dan Houde works delicately with each room and presents the offering in its very best artistic light, showing all that it can be. He brings the imagination to every room in the home so the buyers can focus on the overall picture, and know how to maximize each space of the home. The work that he does provides not just beauty but a wonderful feeling and a glimpse into the lifestyle that would come along with the purchase of the home. His transformations are absolutely astounding. I have worked with Dan many times and would be happy to provide a personal reference upon request.

—John McHugh

"I LOVE MY HOME "

I could not be happier with my experience working with Dan and Don. They are completely hands-on with the entire project. They do EVERYTHING! They are professional and extremely knowledgeable and creative. I had a very large home to decorate from top to bottom and they were with me each step of the way. I LOVE MY HOME and it is all due to Dan Houde Designs!

—sherrybrett

"Goes Above and Beyond What He Promises"

Dan Houde has Professionally staged several high end homes for our seller clients( We are long time Realtors in the Newton/Brookline, Mass area).

Dan's service, as well as his staging techniques are always first rate. He responds quickly, provides reasonable cost quotations and completes the staging process in a timely manner. We have always noticed that Dan goes above and beyond what he promises and that provides extras in bathrooms and other rooms not actually staged that make things look great.

—Buzz and Margie

"Engaging, Knowledgeable and Fun "

Dan Houde "gets" houses, and Dan Houde "gets" buyers and sellers. Dan was a great collaborator with our realtor, and staged our 1938 English Colonial in a way that would appeal to a broad range of buyers. His work was on time and on budget. And, his care of our home during the installation was thoughtful and respectful. We would recommend Dan and his firm highly to sellers wishing to show their homes in the best light.

—Mindy and Jay Pasco-Anderson