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Get Your Home Ready To Sell: Home Buyers Want A Move In Ready House

Here’s a home staging tip from a professional home stager: Get your home ready to sell. In 2018, home buyers in the Los Angeles real estate market want a house that is move in ready.

Los Angeles kitchen remodel for sale

Get your home ready to sell. Home buyers don’t want an allowance to repair the roof, replace the carpet, redo the kitchen or repaint. Allowances are for teenagers. They want a well priced home, in a decent location, that they can move right in to without spending another dime.

Its a big fallacy that home buyers want to choose their own carpet or paint colors. If you choose a nice, neutral color carpet and nice neutral color wall paint (both things the best home stagers can help you with) most home buyers will see your home as more desirable because it is move-in-ready. They’ll be thrilled they don’t have to worry about picking out carpet and having it installed or find a painter who has time in their schedule. If your home stager can’t help you with this, then you are working with the wrong home stager.

Most home buyers are maxing out their home purchasing budget by making an offer on the nicest home they can possibly afford. They don’t have extra money to paint, install new carpet or retile the bathroom. They want to move in as soon as escrow closes, not after they have to make a lot of repairs to make their new home livable.

Los Angeles home upgrades to sell a home

This Los Angeles condo was on the market for 6 months with no offers. After it was remodeled, it went into escrow the first week it was put back on the market for considerably higher than it’s original list price.

Here’s what happens when you offer a $5,000 allowance for repairing the roof that should have been replaced 5 years ago:

  1. The buyer thinks “What else didn’t they repair that they should have?”
  2. The buyer thinks “What structure got damaged by the leaky roof?”
  3. The buyer thinks “Is it really going to cost only $5,000 to repair the roof?”
  4. The buyer thinks “How much time will it take me to get bids, hire a roofing company & get the work done?”
  5. The buyer thinks “What happens if (fill in the disaster: it rains, the contractor absconds with the deposit, a worker falls off the roof)?”
  6. The buyer thinks “The seller must be desperate since the house isn’t in good shape.”

Here’s what happens next:

The buyer accepts your offer of $5,000 to repair the roof, and then also knocks off another 10% because they think the house is not in good condition or you are desperate…


The buyer rejects your house and moves on to the house down the street that is move in ready.

Here’s what happens when you offer a $3,000 allowance for new carpet:

  1. The buyer thinks “Will $3,000 really cover new carpet for the whole house?”
  2. The buyer thinks “I’m not from around here. Where do I buy new carpet?”
  3. The buyer thinks “That house down the street already has new carpet. Why should I take on the added stress of shopping for & installing new carpet?”

Here’s what happens next:

The buyer accepts your offer of $3,000 to buy new carpet, and then also knocks off another 10% because they think your allowance won’t cover all the costs


The buyer rejects your house and moves on to the house down the street that is move in ready and already has new carpet installed.

By not repairing and updating your home before you put it on the market, you are asking home buyers to assume risk and additional expenses. You add more stress and uncertainty to the situation. Many home buyers are already investing every penny they can get their hands on in order to purchase a home. They are unable or unwilling to purchase a home that will require repairs before they can move in. Additionally, the condition of your home may effect the appraisal causing the buyer’s lender to refuse the loan.

Want to get a Los Angeles home sold? Price it right, hire the best full service Realtor you can find, hire a professional home stager and make sure it is in move-in ready condition.

This post was originally written December 2010. It has been updated to reflect current market conditions.

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Altadena Home Staging | Updated Altadena Cottage

Altadena Home Staging An Updated Altadena Cottage

Last week we staged this terrific Altadena Traditional cottage for a real estate investor we work with frequently. This Altadena home for sale has 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms in 1,316 sq. ft. Jennifer, the investor, always does a wonderful job updating the homes she buys. I love her choice of finishes, counter-tops and cabinets. And she knows that home staging helps her listings sell faster and for a higher price 🙂

Home staging Altadena living room

Home Staging Altadena Kitchen

Altadena home staging bedroom

Photos by Kevin Edge

Here’s the listing agent’s notes:

Charming traditional on one of the loveliest streets in Altadena. Totally renovated and ready for move in, this home offers all the modern conveniences with an open floor plan, formal living room, gourmet kitchen and spacious bedrooms. Brand new stainless steel appliances, quartz counter tops, new cabinetry with tons of storage, new double-pane windows, new flooring – just fabulous! Inside laundry room, a 2-car garage, covered patio and a beautiful back yard with views of San Gabriel mountains. Don’t miss this one!

This home is listed by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team (626)627-7107. MLS#22174340


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Home Staging Altadena | Charming La Vina Craftsman

Home staging Altadena:

Last week we staged this adorable La Vina Craftsman-style home in Altadena. Located in the gated community of La Vina at the top of Altadena, you are so close to the San Gabriel Mountains, you can almost reach out and touch them. We staged all 3 bedrooms, bathrooms, family room, kitchen and dining room. The big challenge was integrating the owner’s baby grand piano into the staging :o) This house is very well maintained and neat as a pin, with a lovely patio perfect for your BBQ, backyard and even a fountain! Make sure to check out the lovely rose garden.

This is an owner occupied home staging, meaning the homeowners are living in the home while it’s on the market. We used some of their existing furniture, mixed with staging furniture, artwork and accessories. Sometimes we are able to use some or all of the homeowner’s own furniture. In this case the furniture was in excellent condition, in proportion to the rooms and a suitable style for accentuating the best features of the home. Altadena home staging is one of our specialties.

Altadena dining room and living room after home stagingAltadena family room with red wall after home stagingAltadena home staging kitchen and family room

Here’s the listing agent’s notes:

Elegant home with custom upgrades in private gated community of La Vina, in the hills above Altadena/Pasadena. Features incl. new granite counters kitchen & bath, slate fireplace, combination of Berber carpet and hardwood floors, maple cabinets, custom patio with fountain and professional landscaping, new top grade travertine in bathrooms, spa-style tub, Grohe faucets, Stainless Kitchen-Aid appliances in gourmet kitchen with center island butcher block, dual walk-in closets in Master Bedroom, recessed hi-fidelity speakers in ceiling, new sheer vertical blinds and drapes. Home has been lovingly and meticulously maintained and upgraded.

For more information about this charming La Vina home, contact the listing agent, Robert Perez, 310.748.4839. MLS#C12076404

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Altadena Home Staging For A Real Estate Investor

Today we staged a house for a real estate investor in Altadena – our first house staging of 2012! I hope all the houses we stage this year are this adorable. I’m not sure if this home is actually a Janes Cottage – its outside the official boundaries of Janes Village – but it is certainly cute enough to be one. This house is an awesome deal at $385,000 (as of 1/12/12)

Altadena Home Staging For A Real Estate InvestorWith 4 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms (the bedrooms have new carpet and the bathrooms have been completely redone with new tile, fixtures and cabinets) in 1,625 sq. ft., this home is an exceptional value. And check out the new kitchen, with new cabinets, appliances and granite counters:

Altadena Home Staging Kitchen For A Real Estate InvestorSince the outside of the house is painted that nice mossy green, I decided to carry that color into the living room and dining room:

Altadena Home Staging For A Real Estate Investor - Living RoomAltadena House Staging For A Real Estate Investor - Living Room with fireplaceYes, that’s a fireplace and new engineered wood floors.

The master bedroom is very spacious with his and hers closets:

Altadena House Staging For A Real Estate Investor - Master BedroomOne more shot, just because I really love these green chairs and the silk throw pillows I used:

Pasadena Home Staging With Beautiful Silk Throw Pillows

Here’s some information about Janes Cottages for

Janes Village is a neighborhood in Northwest Altadena, California, (Where is Janes Village?) designated in 2002 as an “Altadena Heritage Area” by Altadena Heritage. This designation was bestowed upon the area because of the unique architectural and historical character of the homes of this area which were largely designed and built by Elisha (E.P.) Janes between 1924 and 1926.

This home is located at 460 Alberta Street, Altadena. MLS# S683835$385,000 for 4 bedrooms/2 bathrooms!

Moving Mountains Design works with real estate investors, home owners, real estate agents and asset managers to prepare their homes and property sale. We provide both occupied and vacant home staging services including furniture and accessory rental. If you are planning to sell your home or property and would like it sell fast and at a higher price, call Moving Mountains Design. We’d love to be a part of your team!

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