Tips From Los Angeles Home Stager,

Michelle Minch from Moving Mountains Design


Moving Mountains Design is lead and directed by professional home stager, Michelle Minch, based in Southern California. We offer home staging and create beautiful interiors in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Arcadia, San Marino, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Los Angeles County and Orange County. 


Once you put your home on the market, you’ve entered it in a beauty contest. The homes that look best, sell fastest and for the most money.
Home Stager services available for vacant homes, occupied homes, real estate investments property, REO and auction properties.

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Tip From a Professional Home Stager – Paint Color Can Impact Your Sale Price:

Did you know that paint colors can impact your sale price? Yes, paint colors can impact your sale price when selling a home. What colors you paint your bathroom, kitchen, bedroom or living room can impact how much money you will get when you sell your home. According to a study funded by Zillow, homes with rooms that are painted light gray or light blue/gray will sell for $5440 more than homes with rooms painted other colors. Here are some other findings from the Zillow study: Homes with light blue bathrooms sold for $5440 more than expected. Read more about how paint color can impact your sale price

You’ve decided to put your Los Angeles home on the market and you realize that one of the many things you need to do to prepare your  home for sale is to replace the worn, stained, Chartreuse or stinky carpet that was installed when Jimmy Carter was president. Good idea, with one caveat: If you have hardwood floors under the existing carpet, don’t re-carpet. Remove the old carpet and spend the money (often times less money) having the hardwood floors refinished. Hardwood floors trump carpet every time when putting a home up for sale.

OK, you’ve peeked under the old carpet (by lifting a corner in several rooms) and you see plywood, sub-floor or concrete. Time to go carpet shopping.

Here are 6 money saving tips for choosing the right carpet to prepare your Los Angeles home for sale:

  1. Don’t buy expensive carpet, but do buy the least expensive carpet  suitable for a home at your listing price. For example, if you are selling a home in Highland Park that’s priced at $450,000, you can get away with purchasing less expensive carpet than if you are selling a home in Pasadena that will be listed at $1.5 million. If the carpet is going up steps, choose a denser carpet so it wraps the edge of the step without showing the mesh backing.
  2. Choose a light, neutral color carpet. You are not choosing a carpet that you have to live with or love. Remember, you are preparing your home so it appears move in ready for your buyer. Choose carpet that is cream, tan, beige, pale gold, caramel or cafe au lait. Lighter colored carpet makes a room feel larger and a neutral color is more likely to match existing tile or flooring already installed in the house. Additionally, neutral colored carpet is more likely to go with a potential buyer’s furniture.
  3. Choose a smooth texture. You may love that floral cut pile texture, but there is a good chance that potential buyers won’t. I usually recommend either a cut pile (like a Saxony or velvet texture) or a cut and loop combination with (without a sculptural pattern). These two choices tend to look more expensive than loop carpets.
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I receive many phone calls from Los Angeles home sellers who recognize the value of hiring a professional home stager to sell their home, but think they can’t afford it.

Here’s a money saving home staging tip: hire a professional home stager for a home staging consultation and then do the recommended work yourself.

By calling Moving Mountains Design for an occupied house staging consultation, you’ll get expert advice and house selling tips at an affordable price:

  1. Verbal Home Staging Consultation – We’ll walk through your home , inside and out,  and discuss the work that needs to be done to get your home in market ready condition. We can make paint color recommendations, suggest the optimal furniture layout and discuss what items need to be pre-packed or donated. You can ask any questions, show us carpet samples and paint chips you may have picked up. You take all the notes. Do the suggested work on your own schedule.
  2. Comprehensive Home Staging Consultation – We walk through your home with you (including exteriors) and outline the work that needs to be done to get your home in top market ready condition, same as above.  Afterwards, I’ll email you your  custom and very specific comprehensive home staging consultation report. Your report will contain all the recommended changes and tasks that we discussed. In addition, I’ll include information about how to prepare for open houses and showings, how to stage your closets, how to stage your garden, how to stage your garage, and how to stage your kitchen cabinets. Once again you save money by doing the recommended work yourself.

Once you’ve completed all or part of the suggestions in your Home Staging Consultation, the Moving Mountains Design team will come in and complete any portion of the work you would like. Our services are completely a la carte. The more work you do yourself, the more money you will save.

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Not all home stagers are created equal and not all home stagers carry home staging liability insurance. Whether you are staging a vacant homestaging an occupied home, staging a model home, or staging a real estate investment property, hiring someone who is properly insured is very important.

Its important you make sure that the Los Angeles home stager you hire carries current home staging business liability insurance. And you should also make sure that any employees of the home staging company are covered by Workers Comp Insurance. Accidents happen, and you want to make sure that your personal assets, as the homeowner or listing agent, are protected.

Moving Mountains Design, the top home staging company in Los Angeles and Pasadena, carries $4 million in aggregate liability home staging business insurance and our employees are covered by workers comp insurance as mandated by California law.

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