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Expert Home Staging Tips To Make A Small House Feel Big

18 Expert Home Staging Tips To Make A Small House Feel Bigger

Do you know these 18 tips to make a small house feel bigger? I am frequently asked, by homeowners and real estate agents I work with, how to make their home or listing look bigger to appeal to more buyers. As an expert home stager in Pasadena and Los Angeles, one of my primary jobs is to make smaller homes feel more spacious.

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Here’s a list of 18 tips for making a small home feel bigger. You can use these tips whether you are staging a home to sell or if you are planning to stay, but just need some help dealing with smaller rooms. These tips will work with for vacant home staging (if you’re bringing in furniture) or occupied home stagomg (dealing with the client’s existing furniture):

  1. Pare down the furniture to the essentials. Do you really need a chair in the bedroom? Will the room appear larger with just the bed, the nightstands and maybe a dresser?
  2. Clutter makes a room feel smaller. Lots of smaller items, like a Hummel collection or bowling trophies displayed on every horizontal surface, eat up visual space. Only display 3-5 items at a time. Store, sell or pre-pack the rest. You’re selling a home, not a collection of “treasures”.
  3. Use fewer pieces of furniture. Its better to have one larger dresser than 2 smaller ones.
  4. Use appropriately sized furniture. Having a too big sofa in a small den will call attention to how small the room really is.
  5. Pull furniture away from the wall. That little bit of breathing room will give a sense of greater space.  Create a cozy sitting area in front of the fireplace, with room to move around the back of the furniture.
  6. Cooler colors recede, so painting an interior room a pale blue, green or gray will make it feel larger.
  7. Houses appear larger on the outside when painted a lighter color.
  8. Keep walkways and sight-lines clear. Don’t place furniture so that you are walking into the back of the sofa, or other large piece of furniture, when you walk into the room.
  9. Bedrooms feel larger if there is ample space to walk on either side of the bed. Not enough space? Get a smaller bed while you home is on the market. Downsize from a king to a queen or from a queen to a double, if necessary.
  10. Place the bed on the wall furthest from the door, if possible. The room will feel instantly larger.
  11. Show more hardwood. The larger the expanse of hardwood floor, the larger the room will appear. Do you really need that area rug? If the hardwood floors are hidden by wall to wall carpet, remove the carpet. The home will feel much more spacious.
  12. Try using one larger area rug instead of several smaller rugs. Or if the room looks OK without it, don’t use any area rugs.
  13. Patterned upholstery and drapes make a room feel smaller. Use fewer patterns on upholstery and bedding. Use a solid color blanket or bedspread on a bed in a small bedroom to make the room feel larger.
  14. Strategically placed mirrors make a room feel larger. Reflect a window or outdoor view, if possible. You can visually expand a space by putting a large mirror over a sofa.
  15. A well lit room feels larger. Get rid of those dark corners. Make sure every overhead light and table lamp is lit before open houses and showings.
  16. Minimize window treatments. The simpler the better. Shutters, blinds or simple drapes (no flounces, ruffles, strong patterns or complicated valences) take up less “visual space”.
  17. Make all your cabinets and closets half-empty. You will appear to have more closet and cabinet space. There is no such thing as a closet that is too empty when selling your home.
  18. Clean houses feel larger. Make sure every surface including your floors are shiny clean. Clean your windows and screens so they let in maximum light and sparkle.

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These home staging tips to make your home feel larger will work if you are staging to sell or staging to live.

If you need help figuring out how to make your home or listing feel larger, hire us for a home staging consultation. You’ll get some easy-to-implement expert home staging and interior design tips.  Its the best “bang for your buck” and it’s a great investment in preparing your home or listing for sale, or making your home more livable if you are planning to stay.

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12 Steps To Real Estate Success in 2018

12 Steps to achieve real estate success in 2018

Real Estate Success A Hole In OneI am often told that I am lucky to be the owner of a successful Los Angeles home staging company. Luck is the magic sauce that makes it all come together, but there are many things I do every day to make sure my company is well regarded and stays ahead of the competition.

Following these 12 steps will make you a real estate success in 2018, whether you are a real estate agent, mortgage broker, appraiser or home stager.

Unlike the title of the hit Broadway play “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”, you really do have to make an effort in order to be a real estate success. Here’s my 12 tips for success in the Real Estate business:

  1. The early bird really does get the worm: I find I am more likely to get the staging contract if I am one of the first home stagers to return the client’s call. You get to make an impression on the client first, and that’s often the deepest connection. I imagine it works the same way with real estate agents.
  2. Under-promise and over-deliver: I never reveal every bit of what I’m going to do, or what I’m going to provide before staging a home. I always make sure I go the extra mile and deliver more than I promised.
  3. Don’t take on projects that are “over your head”: You’re dealing with your client’s most valuable asset – their home. If you take on too big of a project or too large of a listing, and you fail, you will ruin your reputation, and may create a dire situation for your client. Stretching yourself to take on a little more than what you are used to is good, but this whole concept of “Fake it till you make it” is deceitful and deceptive.
  4. Open and frequent communication is key: Make sure everyone involved in or with your business understands what you will be providing, how much it costs, and what is expected of them. Repeat, if necessary, until you are certain everyone is on the same page.
  5. Surround yourself with the best: We are measured by the company we keep. Expel people who are dishonest, have dodgy ethics or simply make you feel uncomfortable, from your inner circle. Don’t partner with other agents, home stagers, mortgage brokers, contractors, etc. that behave questionably, lest you be painted with the same brush. Don’t take on clients that seem dishonest, unethical or “weird”. They won’t be worth the lost sleep and headaches.
  6. Trust your “gut”: If you’re not sure if something is OK, or a client asks you to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable, or you wonder what might happen if you “get caught” – DON’T DO IT! We have “gut” instincts for a reason. It’s nature’s way of protecting us.
  7. Build trust with your clients and your community, and do everything necessary to maintain that trust. Lose a job, turn down a client, quit, if you have to, but maintain your personal integrity.
  8. Keep up on new technology and continuing education: You can take classes in a classroom, go to a seminar, take classes on-line, hire an expert to help you or subscribe to various blogs and groups, but don’t ever close the door to learning as much as possible about tools, technology or methods for doing your job better and more efficiently. I spend at least one hour per day reading blogs from various disciplines (technology, law, finance, art and, yes, real estate) to “keep my tools sharp”.
  9. Always be prepared: We can’t be prepared for every eventuality, but there are many we can and should be prepared for. I think ahead  (if I could underline that twice I would!) and try to figure out all the things that might go wrong or surprise me, and then I try to be prepared.
  10. The greater your effort the greater your chances of success: I have a plan and goals and I work my plan every day (well, almost). I work hard, try to work consistently and make sure my efforts are heading me in the right direction.
  11. Believe that you earn success: I believe that I deserve success, I work hard for it and I earn it. Even when I am not so successful, I believe that I deserve to be successful. If you don’t believe you deserve success – not just want it, but really deserve it – you will always manage to sabotage your success.
  12. Be kind, be respectful, be helpful and behave professionally: You may not always get every job or listing by being kind, respectful and helpful, but you will earn the respect of your peers and clients and your reputation will grow accordingly. Behave professionally, because you never know who’s sees what your doing, reads what you’re posting to Facebook or where your next client will come from.

Follow these 12 easy steps to become the real estate success you know you deserve to be!

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Home Staging Nets Seller 1500% Return On Their Investment!

What’s the home staging return on investment?  A Pasadena home seller nets 1500% return on their home staging and home preparation investment!

For every dollar they invested preparing their home for sale, they netted $15 in the sale price of their home. Having invested approximately $20,000 in home staging and taking care of maintenance, painting and wall paper removal, these clients received $300,000 over their asking price.

Craig Maxwell: “Our Pasadena home was nice but a bit tired, and our agent arranged for Michelle to evaluate and stage our house. (We were lucky, because she is in great demand). In a two-hour walk-through, Michelle gave us a list of easy and relatively inexpensive fixes that made a huge improvement in the interior and exterior appearance. After two weeks the house looked amazing, and even more so after Michelle staged it. We had 20+ offers after the following weekend’s open house, and two weeks later we closed escrow at 25% above asking price – a 1,500% return on our investment in house preparation and staging. We couldn’t be more impressed and pleased with Michelle’s skill and professionalism. Her taste and understanding of what is important to buyers was a key to our successful home sale.”

In February, I was brought in by Irina Netchaev of Pasadena Views Real Estate Team for a home staging consultation on a new listing. As we went from room to room, the clients made notes as I explained everything they needed to do to get their home in top selling condition. The list included wall paper removal, painting, carpet cleaning, removal of some furniture, floor refinishing, as well as painting the front door and some curb appeal suggestions. These clients were very motivated, completed everything I suggested. Three weeks later they contacted me and told me they were ready to stage.

Here’s a press release:

Home Staging By Moving Mountains Design Nets Pasadena Home Sellers 1500% Return On Their Staging Investment

Pasadena home owners, Craig and Elaine Maxwell net $300,000 over asking price after home staging by Moving Mountains Design, a 1500% return on their staging investment.

Pasadena, CA (PRWEB) May 30, 2014

Pasadena home owners, Craig and Elaine Maxwell net $300,000 over asking price after staging by Moving Mountains Design, a 1500% return on their staging investment.

Michelle Minch, owner of Los Angeles home staging company, Moving Mountains Design, worked with Pasadena home sellers, Craig and Elaine Maxwell in early February to make their home market ready. A home staging consultation was performed by Minch at the request of Pasadena Real Estate Agent, Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Views Real Estate Team. During the home staging consultation, a list of repairs and recommendations was generated in order to maximize the selling price and speed of sale. The home staging consultation consisted of paint color recommendations, recommendation to remove wall paper and window treatments, floor refinishing and general condition issues. After completing all the work suggested the Maxwells called in Moving Mountains Design to stage. Staging took place during the first week of April. Less than 2 weeks later, after a bidding war resulted in multiple offers, the house went under contract, closing shortly after. The result? The house sold for 25% over list price – a 1500% profit on the staging and market ready home prep investment.

Craig Maxwell: “Our Pasadena home was nice but a bit tired, and our agent arranged for Michelle to evaluate and stage our house. (We were lucky, because she is in great demand). In a two-hour walk-through, Michelle gave us a list of easy and relatively inexpensive fixes that made a huge improvement in the interior and exterior appearance. After two weeks the house looked amazing, and even more so after Michelle staged it. We had 20+ offers after the following weekend’s open house, and two weeks later we closed escrow at 25% above asking price – a 1,500% return on our investment in house preparation and staging. We couldn’t be more impressed and pleased with Michelle’s skill and professionalism. Her taste and understanding of what is important to buyers was a key to our successful home sale.”

“While not every home seller will have the same results when working with a professional home stager, the Maxwells experienced such great success because they followed my instructions completely and hired a top-notch real estate agent. In this case, the cost of staging was a terrific investment which netted the sellers well over their asking price. Their house was market-ready and move-in-ready, a win for both the sellers and the buyer”, said Minch.

For more information about the benefits of home staging in Los Angeles, Pasadena and Arcadia, visit http://MovingMountainsDesign.com.

 Home Staging Nets Seller 1500% Return On Their Investment!

 

 

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