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Arcadia Home Staging | New Arcadia Home For Sale

Arcadia Home Staging company Moving Mountains Design staged this beautiful new Arcadia home for sale

I consider myself the luckiest of all home stagers because of all the beautiful new Arcadia homes for sale we get to stage. This home is no exception. Built by one of the top luxury home builders in Arcadia, it is very elegant and refined. This beautiful home is 8,113 sq. ft. with 7 en suite bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms. The home also boasts a 2nd wok kitchen, home theater, paneled home office, grand entrance, and wet bar in the family room. No expense was spared and the finest finishes were used.

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Here’s the listing info:

This brand new custom built Mediterranean style two story estate situated on a very quiet, private street with almost no through traffic. It is developed by Dexter Corporation, designed by Robert Tong and built by Mur-Sol Construction. This exquisite home offers 2 master suites and 5 bedroom suites, powder room, Marble flooring, hand-painted ceiling, full panel wood library, formal living room, formal dining room, family room with wet bar, loggia porch and state of the art home theater. The gourmet kitchen features an open floor plan with professional stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry, over-sized granite island and separate wok/fry room. The lush landscaped yard features new tree lined circular driveway, 4 car wood paneled garage and the sparkling pool with spa. Additional features include designer light fixtures, designer hand-painted wall, residential elevator and much more.

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For more information about Arcadia home staging, luxury home staging or model home staging for builders, please contact Michelle via our contact form.

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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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Arcadia Home Staging – Beautiful Spanish Courtyard Home

Arcadia home staging by Moving Mountains Design – Beautiful Spanish Courtyard Home

A few weeks ago we staged this beautiful Spanish courtyard home for one of our luxury home builders in Arcadia. I have to tell you, I’m a sucker for Spanish homes with a courtyard. This house had a particularly nice layout. One side of the courtyard was completed by a separate detached guest suite that could also double as an office. In the main house, there are 2 family rooms, a second ‘wok kitchen’, lovely guest suite downstairs, master bedroom with a sitting area and all bedrooms are en suite. The rear patio has an outdoor fireplace. Just perfect!

We staged this home on May 13, 2014 and we are destaging this week, June 3rd, because It’s Sold! It’s a pocket listing, so I don’t have all the details (yet), but I do know it will be staged and sold in a total of about 3 weeks. That’s the kind of results we see very often here at Moving Mountains Design.

 

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I wish I could tell you more about this beautiful new construction Arcadia home, but it was never listed on the MLS, so no listing notes from the agent.

For more information about Home Staging in Arcadia, contact Michelle with this contact form.

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Business Spotlight on Moving Mountains Design

Moving Mountains Design is the subject of Small Business Trends Spotlight on Small Business

A few weeks ago, I was interviewed by a journalist and Editor of Small Business Trends for their Business Spotlight series, one of the largest websites dedicated to small business. Here’s the article, with a link to the original.

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This week we shine the spotlight on Moving Mountains Design. Those needing to sell a  big luxury home in the Los Angeles area call on owner Michelle Minch. She and her team swoop in and choose just the right paintings, rugs, sofas and even duvet covers to make a property fetch top dollar. Minch says she has 6 part-time employees in all and has been in business eight years.

WHAT THE BUSINESS IS KNOWN FOR: Being the luxury home stager for the Los Angeles market.

Very few professional stagers own enough inventory to stage larger homes. Even fewer have the kind of higher end furniture, Persian rugs, artwork and accessories needed to complete these jobs successfully. Moving Mountains Design has a warehouse full of beautiful accessories, furniture, artwork, linens, throw pillows and lamps appropriate to luxury homes. At the Real Estate Staging Association International Conference this year, Minch presented a workshop on luxury home staging to a standing-room-only audience. The conference is kind of like a Ted Talks for professional home stagers.

HOW THE BUSINESS GOT STARTED: A trip to Kansas City to wow some home buyers.

The first home Minch staged (and got paid for) was for an interior design client. They asked her to help them get their Kansas City home ready to sell. Minch was flown from Los Angeles. She did a lot of editing, rearranging and upgraded the kitchen with granite counters and new backsplash. The sellers expected the home to take six months to a year to sell, which was the norm at that time in Kansas City. It was the early 2000?s. They went under contract almost immediately and closed escrow about two months later – shockingly fast. Minch didn’t call what she did staging back then. She just told colleagues she was “getting the house ready to sell”. But back home, one of her neighbors was a real estate agent. When she heard about Minch’s success, she started calling her to stage listings. Word got out and other agents started calling. And the rest is history.

BIGGEST RISK TAKEN IN THE BUSINESS: Taking a line of credit for high end inventory

The biggest risk was a home equity line of credit on a rental property which Minch used to grow her company and keep it in the black. She says if her business hadn’t prospered, she could have potentially lost that property to foreclosure. The end result is that she has been able to purchase a very large stock of higher end inventory, furniture, artwork and accessories. This allowed her to position herself as a luxury home staging expert.

BIGGEST WINS? Professional Stager of the Year and More.

In 2010, Minch was voted Professional Stager of the Year by the Real Estate Staging Association. Being chosen as the best professional stager in the United States and Canada by her peers- over 1,000 professional home stagers- was a huge honor. This year she was voted RESA Top 10 Professional Home Stager in the U.S.

Winning these awards has given Minch “street cred.” It has given her great credibility with her peers, her clients and with the media. It has also been a wonderful marketing and public relations opportunity.

IF THIS BUSINESS WERE A SONG, IT WOULD BE: “Happy” by Pharrell Williams

Minch says she’s an eternal optimist. She surrounds herself with optimistic people. Her company culture is optimistic, creative and up-beat. Since the work the company does is very physically demanding, it helps to be surrounded by happy people, Minch says.

Runner up would be “High Hopes” by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen. Minch admits her favorite version is by Jiminy Cricket.

FAVORITE TEAM FOOD:

Though Minch feels her team is a pretty diverse group, she says she’s never had anyone say no to Japanese food.

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“Big doors swing on little hinges”

The quote is attributed to businessman and philanthropist W. Clement Stone.

Photo credit: Kevin Edge

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