The Homeowner Only Got $80,000 More AFTER STAGING!

Home Stager with Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA

In a recent blog The Homeowner Raised the Listing Price $200,000 AFTER STAGING!!! I wrote that the homeowner was so excited after we staged his home that he raised the listing price by $200,000.00 from $2.78 million to $2.98 million. Well, the home has sold already and escrow has closed! The homeowner did not get the original $200,000.00 bump he had hoped for after staging, but he did get an additional $80,000.00 he would not have gotten if he hadn't staged the house. We staged the home on June 15, 16, & 17. The one and only open house (Realtors Caravan) was held on June 20 (Wednesday). The first offers (multiple) came in on Friday, June 22. Escrow closed last Thursday, July 12.

How's this for statistics:

  • Days on market before an accepted offer - 5!
  • Days on market from MLS listing to close of escrow - 22!
  • Value added by staging - $80,000.00!

This is an excellent example of the value hiring a Professional Home Stager to enhance your property regardless of how grand the home.

In addition, the home buyer purchased all of the Persian rugs, French tapestries and furniture from my company Moving Mountains Design after the purchase of the home was negotiated. This turned out to be a win-win-win situation for all involved.

You can view additional photos of the house at Before & After Pics of "The Big House" .

The home buyer loved the way the house was staged so much that they purchased all of the rugs, tapestries & furniture, plus some of the accessories after escrow closed!

Michelle Minch is the President of Moving Mountains Design, a full service Home Staging and Interior Design corporation, located in Pasadena, CA. You can visit our website at

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Michelle has staged hundreds of Los Angeles homes, many of which have sold with multiple offers, above listing price.

She works with home sellers, listing agent, builders, flippers and asset managers to prepare homes for sale throughout Los Angeles and North Orange County.

Moving Mountains Design provides vacant home staging, color consultations, corporate and executive relocations,  and interior design. We also stage model homes, REOs, foreclosures and auction properties for real estate investors and asset managers. Builders hire us to stage their models or to help move inventory when sales slow down.

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Wendy Casey
A-List Home Staging & Decor - Surrey, BC


Georgeous work! Thanks for letting us have a peek at a high end staging, done by a quality stager. You do us all proud!

Wendy Casey - Vancouver, BC., Canada

Jul 16, 2007 04:07 AM #21
Betty Haney
Haney Consulting - Calgary, AB
Michelle, thank you for that information.  Looks like I'm off to Bombay Company.  We do have that company in Canada.  Betty
Jul 16, 2007 04:09 AM #22
Julia Fedak
Royal LePage State Realty - Ancaster, ON and beatiful.

Fanstastic, as usual, Michellle!



Jul 16, 2007 04:21 AM #23
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Christine: There were several days of prep prior to actually staging, but once we were in the house, it was me and 2 assistants. In addition, Lori Kim Polk flew down from Sacramento to help out two of the days, bless her towel staging soul. We were pretty well organized with rooms separated into separate bins. We could have been better organized though. I am looking for warehouse space so I can put everything out on shelves and fill bins for each room specific to each job. If I didn't have so much help, we would still be there! It took 4 of us 6 hours to remove all the accessories, towels & bedding when we were destaging. Now it will take us about a week to get everything sorted out and back into rotation. Too long, but I am working on that too.

Sue: The seller made the staging part of the contract with the Listing Agent. If the REA wanted the listing he had to pay for the staging. The REA was resistant at first (I don't blame him) but once we were done, he was thrilled. I am seeing the seller making the REA pay for staging more and more on the $1 million + listings.

Thank you Wendy & Julia. Have fun at Bombay , Betty.

Jul 16, 2007 05:20 AM #24
Danette Spizzirri
Studio West Interior Design - Laguna Niguel, CA
Studio West Interiors


Congrats on the successful and beautiful job! Thanks for posting the pics, I am so happy to see the post. I got to see what I missed out on! I wish I could have made it out to help. Next time :)

Jul 16, 2007 05:44 AM #25
Kate Hart
Hart & Associates Staging and Design - Radnor, PA
Amazing and congrats. What an awesome stat! kh
Jul 16, 2007 12:09 PM #26
Penny Schoenbeck
AZ Home Styling & Redesign - Mesa, AZ
AZ Home Styling

Hi Michelle,

I love this house! Those are incredible ststs, you can argue with info ike that! Gotta love $80k!! :)

Jul 16, 2007 04:18 PM #27
Julianna Hind
eXp Realty - Tacoma, WA
REALTOR, 206-679-4768, Tacoma Federal Way, Auburn, Kent, WA
Michele Congratutions to both you and Kim. The work you did is fantastic. $80,000 is a good and hearty increase!
Jul 16, 2007 04:35 PM #28
Michelle Ewing
Trademark Realtors - Riverside, CA
Riverside, CA
Congratulations!  This was such a beautiful home and you did an amazing job. 
Jul 16, 2007 04:59 PM #29
Kathy Dyer Roseville Sacramento Staging Real Estate Home Stager Services
One Step Staging- Home Staging services Roseville/Sac areas - Roseville, CA

Michelle, you do wonderful work! Congrats on this latest achievement. Can't wait to meet you when you come up to help Lori Polk in Sacramento!

Kathy Dyer

Jul 17, 2007 03:15 AM #30
Jessica Hughes
Ambiance Staging - Boulder, CO

Michelle~  What an amazing job you did on that project!  I think many would not appreciate how much planning goes into the design aspect of this large of a home.  Not to mention the organization  and patience and overall zen! needed to smoothly coordinate and execute the whole thing 'hitch free'!

$80,000 more is prove positive once again that staging virtually ALWAYS pays for itself!

Congratulations on a job fabulously done!

Jul 17, 2007 07:06 AM #31
Lanita, Interior Concept Designs, Home Staging
Interior Concept Designs - Silver Spring, MD
Thanks for sharing the pictures.  You did a beautiful job of highlighting the features of a beautiful house!
Jul 23, 2007 02:25 PM #32
Joan Inglis, Master Accredited Staging Professional
Carolina Spaces, LLC - Charlotte, NC
Home Staging, Model Merchandising, Interior Design

Your room shows quality and has the model home look.  I love the balance.  Joan

Jul 31, 2007 01:45 AM #33
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA
Thanks, all for your kind remarks. This was an amazing project to work on.
Aug 02, 2007 03:27 PM #34
Cindy Lin
Staged4more Home Staging & Designs // EcoJoe - South San Francisco, CA

And the sellers always whine and whine and whine about paying for staging!  LOL Then they are like... "oh okay, i get it now..."




Aug 02, 2007 04:41 PM #35
Jo Potvin
Design To Market LLC - Cincinnati, OH
Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market
WOW!  Michelle this is not only a great example of your fantastic work but also a great testimony to the power of staging.
Jan 14, 2008 11:23 PM #36
Latonia Parks
Top Bragg Realty, Fayetteville NC, Home of the 82d ABN DIV - Fayetteville, NC
Certified Military Relocation Expert
Great job and great post.  Sharing the pics gives the unbeliever a glimpse of what staging can do for you.  It has a clean and classy look that I love.
Jan 14, 2008 11:28 PM #37
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Jo: Thanks a million!

Latonia: If you didn't beleive staging makes a difference, even in an already beautiful home, this should help demonstrate the power of staging,

Jan 15, 2008 12:59 AM #38
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals
Staging makes all the difference & you hit this one out of the park.
Mar 27, 2008 06:41 AM #39
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA
Thank you very much Kathleen. And thanks for commenting.
Mar 27, 2008 02:43 PM #40
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