Client Reviews

Here’s some reviews from our Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley home staging clients. We’re happy to provide references and contact information upon request:

“Michelle is my “go to” choice for home staging services. Preparing homes for sale is a critical part of my job as a real estate professional and Michelle is an integral part of my team.

Michelle has an ability to transform a house from boring to inviting without making the home look staged. She has a thorough understanding of what the home buyers are looking for in a particular area and uses her talents in creating that perfect first and “continuing” impression.

Many of my home sellers were so impressed with her home staging skills and savvy that they’ve used Michelle for decorating their next home.

Michelle is my home stager of choice in the Los Angeles county area. You will not go wrong with using Michelle!”

Irina Netchaev, Pasadena Real Estate Agent, Pasadena Views Real Estate

I was recently hired to photograph the interiors and exteriors at 1070 Woodland Dr in Beverly Hills, and noticed that you did the staging. I must say that you did a wonderful job and it was an absolute pleasure to photograph the interior, as it is quite rare to find such a tasteful space that breathes so well when furnished – you know the drill – usually people are far too hesitant to remove their personal belongings and things that they hold near and dear! Anyway, just wanted to show you some of the finished photos of your work; like I said, it was great to photograph and just wanted to compliment you on a job well done.

Michael Kelly, Real Estate Photographer

We were putting our house on the market to sell and needed someone to furnish and get it market ready. Moving Mountains was one of four companies we reviewed. Michelle was by far the most knowledgeable and professional. She clearly knew the market and what needed to be done to get the house sold.
Michelle and her team beautifully staged the house in time for photos to be taken and posted on the MLS before the first open house. She also helped our Realtor to publicize it by leveraging her own network of brokers. We were concerned about getting traffic to the open house as there was another similarly priced house on the market across the street that had very light traffic during the previous weekend when they held an open house. We ended up getting over 100 people at our first open house and were in escrow 2 days later after receiving multiple offers and getting over asking price.
We were supposed to be closing after 45 days so Michelle and her team were scheduled to de-stage the house a few days before the scheduled closing date. Her team was on the way to the house when we learned that the buyer was having issues with their loan and there was a possibility we’d need to re-market. Michelle was able to call her team back and re-schedule the de-staging about 5 times before we knew the loan was ready to go and it was safe to finally de-stage. She was incredibly flexible even though we were supposed to give her 5 days notice. Michelle juggled her schedule to accommodate us. Finally the loan came through and she emptied the house.
When the house was empty at the final walk through, our Realtor praised the staging and said that it definitely helped to command a much greater selling price than we would have received if the house had been empty. We would highly recommend Moving Mountains to anyone looking to sell their home.

J. Nordstrand, Los Angeles (on Angies List)

I recently had my 3,000 Sq. Ft. family home staged by Michelle Minch of Moving Mountains Designs and would highly recommend their services. The challenge was to quickly, but expertly stage an updated 1953 split level home with a view, in a contemporary manner that would appeal to upscale buyers looking to spend $1.5 million or more. Michelle took on the challenge without blinking and succeeded in a very professional and expedient way. Today we held a broker’s open house (just 5 days after first meeting with Michelle) and comments made were 100% positive. In a nutshell the staging made the house show like a ‘home’ and makes it easy for prospective buyers to imagine themselves living there. Everything was very tasteful and not overdone.
Michelle’s crew arrived right at the scheduled time and worked like a well drilled team till the job was complete. Things could not have gone any smoother. Good job Michelle!

G. Kuehnel, Redondo Beach

All I can say about Michelle is that she has a MAGIC TOUCH. I’m still in awe of the change  she made in my listing in Beverly Hills. Those who had seen the house before, can’t believe it’s the same house.

Not only that, she is a pleasure to work with. She listens to your needs with patience and makes sure that you are happy with the results. Her work is priceless but it is also affordable. You get a lot more for what you paid for.

Fariba Ramin, REALTOR™ Nelson Shelton & Associates, Beverly Hills

I was so discombobulated on Monday, I may not have let you know how much I appreciate all your work for us. It wasn’t until I saw the pictures online that it fully sunk in how amazing the transformation you accomplished here is. I had a “whose beautiful house is that?” moment while I was staring at the monitor.

…The best decision we made in this whole process was hiring you. It’s no exaggeration to say that we couldn’t have gotten any of this done without you — we didn’t even know where to begin.

Thanks for doing such a wonderful job here!

Maggie, Pasadena

Michelle Minch is absolutely delightful to do business with, and a genius at what she does (STAGING!!).  My beautiful “cottage” was on the market for two months without a decent offer.  I had the greatest realtor ever and she was working the property.  And we had to keep dropping the price along with the crazy and difficult market.  But no offers!!

I read an LA Times article about Michelle and her staging successes and decided I needed her help.  When I called Michelle, she responded quickly and professionally and got my home staged quickly. And two weeks later my home was in escrow!!  I only wish I had called on her to stage my house when I first put it on the market.  I am convinced I would have gotten a far better price and sold my house much quicker.  Thanks to Michelle and her crew for all their great work and for helping  me and my realtor get the job done.  Great work!!

J. Crosby, Long Beach

My house just sold today, that was fast. Thank you for your wonderful work. (This house received an accepted offer 3 days after being listed. It has closed escrow.)

S. Chen, Irvine

I thought our house was nice. I never knew it could look so good! It’s fantastic. I hope this will help it sell quickly. I’d buy the house all over again simply based on how great these pictures look.  Thank you Michelle! (The house went into escrow 2 weeks after going on the market)

E. Weller, La Crescenta

Michelle was wonderful to work with… very nice, easy to reach. She had the perfect idea for our budget, which was to stage most but not all of the rooms. Her staging made our house look and photograph beautifully. I believe it was a key factor in our house selling quickly and at a price over the asking. Our buyer and his realtor both brought up the appeal of the staging during our walk-through.

J. Becker, South Pasadena

You do a tremendous job. I feel like you become my partner in getting homes sold … you do more than stage a home! Both properties were vacant, empty houses, and in one case, no one knew the room off the entry parlor was the master suite … it was confusing, until you did your magic.

Judy Rubin, Coldwell Banker

I cannot overstate the importance of Michelle Minch’s staging in the fast sale of our Valencia home. When Michelle was done with our house, it had never looked better. It looked its best at a time when it simply had to look its best. The bottom line? There were three purchase offers within 72 hours of the MLS listing. I believe that the cost of the staging was a bargain compared to the return we received. I unequivocally and enthusiastically recommend that you take advantage of this woman’s talents!

Michael, Valencia

In this tough market I decided to sell my home. I called Michelle Minch at Moving Mountains Design Home Staging. It turned out better than I ever imagined. When I put my house on the market, nothing was selling in my neighborhood. Within 5 weeks the house sold for my price and closed escrow. Thanks Michelle! (Note: this house closed escrow 5 weeks after listing)

D. Robinson, Culver City

“Speaking from experience, having had you stage my listings and my own home, you’re AWESOME! And the pictures you take are great too. Makes my job as an agent so much easier having a professionally staged home and professional photographs to use with the marketing materials.”

J. Current, Realtor

After weeks of looking for a stager that understood our needs, we finally found Michelle. She and her crew from Moving Mountains took one day to make our house look elegant and livable. We received an offer on the first day of showing, over asking-price, with a letter from the buyer who was also an interior designer; her compliments on the details that Michelle chose for our house verified what we already knew: Moving Mountains brought our property to the next level and made it the best that it could be.”

C. Paterson, Homeowner, Silverlake