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The Best Light Bulbs When Selling A Home

I’m often asked “What are the best light bulbs when selling a home?” during our comprehensive home staging consultations.

What are the best light bulbs when selling a home? It used to be very easy to buy light bulbs. You went to the grocery store or the hardware store and you had the choice of the iconic incandescent light bulb, the one everyone is familiar with:

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Your most difficult choice was 40 watt, 60 watt or 100 watt, frosted or clear.

Now when you walk into the hardware store you have a choice of a few energy saving Incandescents, those horrible, curly CFL curly florescent bulbs (which contain mercury and must be disposed of as hazardous waste), Halogen bulbs (which burn very hot – they’ve been known to melt light fixtures when used in the wrong place) and LED bulbs.  All are relatively inexpensive, except Halogen, which I avoid anyway because of the heat output.

Of all the types of bulbs, LEDs are the most energy efficient and they can last as long as 10 years per bulb! They used to be expensive, but you can buy them for as little as $1 at Dollar Tree or other Dollar-type stores. Just be sure they will suit your purpose. Not all LED bulbs are dimmable or appropriate for outdoor use, for instance.

Which light color should I buy?

Most light bulbs come in 4 “colors”: Soft White, Warm White, Bright White and Daylight. The colors are based on a units called Kelvins (K).  Lower Kelvins mean more yellow light; the higher the Kelvin number the whiter or bluer light.

Soft White (yellowish appearance) – 2500K-3000K. This is the typical color associated with old-fashioned incandescent bulbs. It is the color of light we are most familiar with and feel most comfortable with.

Warm White (between yellowish and white light) 3000K-4000K.

Bright White (between white/neutral and cool light) – 4000k-5000k.

Daylight (blue/cool color light) – 5000K-6500K.

Soft White, 2700K, is a soft yellowish light; Cool White, 4100K, bit whiter than soft white; Daylight, 5000-6500K, bluish, whitish light, resembles noon on a cloudless day

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For my money, I prefer light bulbs that are 3000K. The color temperature of the light closely approximates the light from incandescent bulbs, which are the most flattering light and the one we are most used to. They are usually marketed as Soft White or Warm White. As long as they are 3,000K (you can find this info on the back of most light bulb boxes) you are good to go. 

The color temperature of the light in a house can affect a buyer’s perception of a home – is it warm and welcoming or is it cold and clinical. Does the home feel cozy or does it feel like a hospital corridor or dentist’s office. The best scenario is for the home buyer to feel comfortable and cozy, so they can imagine themselves living in the home.

We usually see a mix of incandescent, curly CFLs and LEDs all mixed in one home before staging, sometimes in the same room. When photographing a home, all those different light bulbs show up differently in the photos. For the best looking photos of the home and the best buyer experience during the open houses and showings, all recessed light bulbs need to match and they should all be about 3,000K and a minimum of 800 Lumen (equivalent to about 60 watts). 800 Lumen Warm White bulbs are the best color temperature and wattage for lamps, too.

These are the best light bulbs when selling a home.

 

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Model Home Staging For National Home Builder

Mid-century Modern Model Home Dining roomMoving Mountains Design completes Model Home Staging for a National Home Builder

Recently, we did a model home staging job for a national home builder. The project was located in Palm Springs. The builder had hired a model home design company to complete their models. One of the models wasn’t selling well, so the design director hired us to stage an additional model. The builder wanted a fresh look and they wanted to see if home staging would help sell this particular model vs. traditional model home design. We staged this model home in a Mid-Century Modern style, hoping to appeal to a younger, more hip demographic. According to the sales staff, our model home is being very well received!

Moving Mountains was hired to stage the open-concept living room, dining area kitchen as well as the master bedroom and bath.

From the listing notes:

Gorgeous new construction … features amazing Great Room with ceiling beams, private courtyard with in ground spa, fully landscaped with artificial lawn, covered patio and fire pit. 3rd bedroom features sliders to spa court. Turnkey ready and reduced for a quick sale to a lucky Buyer. 12x 24 slate gray porcelain tile, Caesarstone counters and KitchenAid appliances, including refrigerator. All new new new with 10 Year Builder’s Limited Warranty. Note: Pool is in ground spa only. Now professionally furnished and staged <by Moving Mountains Design :)>! Furniture available separately.

For more information about our Model Home Staging services call Michelle at (626)385-8852 or use our Contact Form.

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Townhome Staging In Arcadia | Builder Model

Builder Model Townhome Staging in Arcadia

We completed this builder model townhome staging in Arcadia last week. While Moving Mountains Design is well know for staging large estate homes in Arcadia for builders we also love to stage new-construction townhome models for our builder clients. Part of an 8 unit development, we staged one model unit. This particular unit has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a large living room and underground parking with an individual entrance for each unit from the garage.

New Arcadia Townhome Model Home Living RoomNew Arcadia Townhome Model Home Living RoomNew Arcadia Townhome Model Home Staging Kitchen

From the Listing Agent’s notes:

BRAND NEW SANTA BARBARA STYLE TOWN HOUSES … Located on the convenient corner of Arcadia Ave. & Sunset Blvd., near the desirable Baldwin Stocker School. This spectacular community is designed by renowned Architect Tyler Gonzales of Pasadena. Downstairs features living room, formal dining room, kitchen and one bathroom. Upstairs has master suite, two bedrooms with a Jack & Jill bath. Each unit has a big laundry room attached to garage as well as a private yard. Top quality everywhere. Bright & shiny. There are 4 buildings, all duplexes for a total of 8 units. Priced for fast sale. Really a MUST SEE!

We have staged a number of townhomes in Arcadia recently, with more coming. Staging town-homes requires a special skill to select the appropriate size and style furniture that will appeal to Arcadia home buyers and allow them to visualize how their furniture will fit.

Are you a builder looking for an experienced model home stager? Look not further. With millions of dollars of real estate successfully staged, we are the go-to home staging company for home builders in Arcadia, Pasadena and Los Angeles. Moving Mountains Design – We know what makes homes sell!™

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Gorgeous Luxury Arcadia Home Staging In Santa Anita Park Area

New Construction Luxury Arcadia Home Staging in Santa Anita Park area

New on the market and I couldn’t wait to share the pictures! Last week we staged this gorgeous Arcadia home, located in the Santa Anita Park area of Arcadia. With 4 en suite bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, 2 kitchens and a home theater, marble and hardwood floors, fireplace and beautiful chandeliers, this beautiful home is a must-see in Arcadia. Located on a quiet street close to Santa Anita Racetrack, Westfield Santa Anita Mall, the Gold Line and all the wonderful restaurants Arcadia is know for.

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From the listing agent’s notes:

Property Description: Brand new, magnificent, high-end, custom 2-story Mediterranean Style house located on a quiet street . Featuring 4 bedroom suites and 4.5 bathrooms . Designed by Robert Tong and built by Mur-Sol Construction Inc. Upper level loft leads to 3 bedroom suites including master with walk in closet, Jaccuzi tub and steam shower. Grand foyer with chandelier , marble flooring, granite & elaborate molding throughout . Double-door entrance . Spacious living room  with a fire place . Formal Family room open to gourmet, master-chef’s kitchen with center island, exclusive wok kitchen , formal dinning , home theater . One bedroom suite downstairs. Laundry room, central vacuum system , tankless water heater and alarm system . Peaceful back yard has a big Avocado tree. With award winning Arcadia school district and a convenient location , this house has so much to offer .

MLS# WS14226527

For more information about luxury Arcadia home staging services, contact Michelle (626)385-8852 or request an estimate here.

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