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499 Colusa Avenue, Berkeley, CA - 2 Offers SALE PENDING - 04/30/08 12:19 AM
Charming home in the desirable hills of Berkeley near Kensington Circle. This bungalow has three large bedrooms, and one bath on the main level and one small bedroom with full bath on the lower/garage level. Beautiful hardwood floors throughout main level. French doors between dining room and living room and into the multi-level backyard. Remodeled kitchen with glass cabinets and black granite counters. Architectural features throughout. Incredible garden front and back. Professional Staged by Kym Hough's Staged to Sell serving Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville and Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
SOLD IN LESS THAN A WEEK - 112 Cinnabar, Hercules, CA - 04/30/08 12:05 AM
Large family home located on quite street in Hercules. 4 bedroom, 3 bath with formal living room, dining room, kitchen, breakfast nook/bar and family room. Fresh paint throughout. Fireplace located in the family room with view of large backyard and open space. Updated kitchen and lighting. Professional Staged by Kym Hough's Staged to Sell serving Alameda and Contra Costa Counties www.staged-to-sell.com.
Rule of Thumb: Less is Best or is it? - 04/27/08 12:11 PM
These homeowners are avid fans of HGTV. Heck with 87 million viewers who isn't a fan of HGTV? They knew the property was going up for sale and they knew a stager was coming to over to take a look. They decided to prepare it just like they were told to do by the shows and agents. Get rid of all the clutter. Yes, clutter is not good for selling a house, but naked is cold and uninviting too. Make sure you set the right stage for your property and hire a professional stager to strike the right balance. Living Room BEFORE (4 comments)
It's NOW a Warm and Inviting Family Room in stead of... - 04/27/08 10:59 AM
I tell my clients, friends and acquaintance "I Love My Job" for many reasons. It is such an honor to be trusted with my client's possessions and properties. They meet me once or twice and the next thing you know they are gone for the day and my crew and I have taken over their property and are in their homes with our hands on EVERYTHING! What an honor to be trusted with their most valued possessions. One of the many delicate situations we run into is how to tell our clients that certain items are best taken down to market their property (12 comments)
FROM: Cluttered and dated TO: Fresh, Clean and Spacious - 04/24/08 12:37 AM
We staged a property today for a very nice couple. Like most of our jobs we started the project a little over a month ago. Fresh paint, list of items to be removed, cleaners, window washers and carpet cleaners hired. There were still a few things to do before the open house, but overall the owners did wonders. We brought in some furniture, artwork, accessories and lamps. We were not able to have the carpet removed, but we were able to paint which helped immensely. The Realtor had never worked with us before and was very happy with the results. We hope (12 comments)
Multiple Offers are Still Possible - Make sure you do everything possible to Showcase - 04/14/08 10:32 AM
Two trucks, 5 member staging crew, dozens of boxes of accessories, 5 custom florals, living room full of furniture, lots of artwork, and three bedding sets. Just a few of the items we brought in to this lovely home in the Ruby Hill's area of Pleasanton. We did the enhancement staging in one day, but the work had started a month before our trucks loads of staging props arrived. We started with a consultation. We brought along our team member Dave Casteel, the best painter in town, and went through the property room by room. We pointed out a few key items to the homeowner, (20 comments)
Look for the Treasures in Your Home to Set the Stage for Selling Your Property - 04/09/08 12:14 PM
This is a lovely home. The client had put everything, and I mean everything, away prior to Staged to Sell coming and doing our preview/consultation at the request of Julie Long of J. Rockcliff Realtor in Danville, CA. She had listened to her friends and thought it was best to get rid of anything that was lying on a surface except for some furniture (and much of that was gone) and a few candles and pictures. As we went through the home we calculated that we had to supply accessories, artwork, lamps, and a some bedding to really make this home shine, (18 comments)
3836 Cottonwood Drive, Blackhawk Danville - 04/09/08 11:45 AM
$1,299,000. Lovely 5 bedroom, 3 bath home just listed in desirable Blackhawk Community in Danville, California. Home located on large lot with beautiful backyard that includes an outdoor kitchen. Large remodeled indoor kitchen with granite counters and cherry wood cabinetry. Wood and Travertine flooring throughout lower level. Two fireplaces with beautiful surrounds. Updated lighting throughout. Spa bathroom with marble counters, cherry wood cabinets and travertine tub surround and flooring. Chandelier in bath gives it a luxurious feel and opens up into large master with sitting area. Children's bedrooms are spacious and and there is a loft homeowner area with a built in (2 comments)
Water SELLS! - 04/06/08 07:42 PM
I had a lovely client this week who was referred to me by one of my favorite Realtors. My client was high energy and could almost speak as rapidly as I so we got along famously. I met her at 9:00 in the morning and she had already been up for hours working on her business, getting her kids off to school and making phone calls to clients. I thought right off the bat "we could be twins." When we arrived we got right down to business and when you have two people who speak rapidly it doesn't take long to (19 comments)
I can FLAT OUT tell you without a doubt that a listing with a bad smell, awful carpet and out of date kitchens, light fixtures and chipped paint will not sell at a good price. Hands down I can also tell you that a little investment goes a long way. We replaced the flooring, painted, took down out of date window treatments and changed out light fixtures. Some new cabinets and counter-tops and then our enhancement staging and ta dah it's a beauty. We couldn't do everything on the list as the budget was minimal so we helped the homeowner decided what would give (30 comments)
700 Liquidamber, Blackhawk, Danville - TWO OFFERS - 04/04/08 12:33 PM
Gorgeous 5 bedroom, 3 bath home located in desirable Blackhawk area of Danville. Formal living, dining, large great room attached to gourmet kitchen. All remodeled with high end finishes including travertine and hardwood floors, granite and marble counters throughout kitchen and bathrooms. Upgraded lighting, windows and cabinetry. Beautiful tumbled marble fireplace is a key focal point in the family room. French doors throughout home. Professionally landscaped. Professional staged by Kym Hough's Staged to Sell www.staged-to-sell.com (4 comments)
SOLD IN THREE DAYS - 1233 Via di Salerno, Ruby Hill - 04/01/08 10:09 PM
5 bedroom, 5 bath, formal living, dining, sitting room. Spacious family room. Gorgeous gourmet kitchen with granite counters. View from every window overlooking Ruby Hill Golf Course. Huge master suite with large spa tub and massive walk in closet. Two fireplaces, formal foyer with Travertine floors throughout. Professionally staged by Kym Hough's Staged to Sell serving Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. www.staged-to-sell.com
SOLD IN ONE WEEK - 315 Jacaranda Drive, Blackhawk - 04/01/08 10:00 PM
Lovely home located in desirable Blackhawk Community of Danville. This property is situated on beautiful Blackhawk Golf course. 3 bedroom 3 baths. Upgraded remodeled kitchen and bathrooms. Large windows with incredible natural light.$950,000. Professional staged by Kym Hough's Staged to Sell. Serving Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. for more information contact us at www.staged-to-sell.com.
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