A Win-Win-Win Monterey Park Home Staging

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

A few months ago I was called by an out of town couple who needed to sell the Monterey Park home of his father, who had recently passed away. The house was a mess, there was a lot of deferred maintenance and they were totally overwhelmed. They hired me for a home staging consultation and we discussed their options:

  • Try to sell the house as-is (which would have taken a long time and resulted in a lower sale price)
  • Fix the house up and stage it and then put it on the market (which would have taken a long time to do the repairs - a daunting task to manage from out of town)

I offered them a 3rd option:

  • I would introduce them to a Los Angeles real estate investor I work with staging her homes. They could meet with her and see if she would offer enough to make sense to sell the house to her.

They met with my investor and they decided to sell the house to her. She offered them a fair price and a fast closing. They didn't have to deal with cleaning up and repairing the house, listing it or the chance escrow would fall through.

The home sellers were winners, the real estate investor is a winner, and my Los Angeles home staging company was a winner(we got to stage the house).

Here's what the house looked like before it was remodeled and staged:

Monterey Park real estate before home staging

(That's my fabulous assistant Wendy taking notes in the background)

Monterey Park real estate after home staging

To read more about this Win-Win-Win real estate transaction, read Los Angeles Home Staging - Monterey Park Move-In-Ready (more before and after home staging photos, too!)

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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.

For more information about our Los Angeles home staging services, contact Michelle at (626)385-8852 or by email.

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Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

What a difference, haven't seen one of those pole lights in eons.  Doesn't even look like the same house!

Nov 13, 2010 03:33 PM #4
Diana Young
Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties - Edmonds, WA

Hi Michelle,  What a creative concept you had for this entire process and a definate win-win-win for everyone, including the purchasers of the newly renovated home.  You didn't take the easy way on this one, but went the extra mile to introduce the sellers to the investor, and everyone benefited.  I love it!

Nov 13, 2010 04:23 PM #5
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Michelle, it is really great approach. I am glad that seller was realistic and went with the investor. On the other end your investor is very lucky to have you as a team member.

Nov 13, 2010 04:58 PM #6
Marianne Cherico
Interiors by Marianne Cherico - Foxboro, MA
Home Stager -Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Michelle-What an incredible transformation! And it is really a win-win for all involved!

Nov 13, 2010 07:17 PM #7
Kate Bourland
Marketing with Kate - Redding, CA
Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing

Wow, that is just beautiful.  What a great solution, win, win, win.  No wonder you are winning awards!

Nov 13, 2010 07:18 PM #8
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Michelle ~ What a good story on how staging helped everyone in the equation.  This serves as a great example about the benefits of hiring a professional home stager who not only knows what they're doing, but who has the right connections.

Nov 14, 2010 01:59 AM #9
Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Michelle....it looks fantastic and I love the kitchen metal table and 2 chairs!!!  GREAT story...everyone is rewarded!

Nov 14, 2010 02:27 AM #10
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Thanks Bob, Kathy & Cathy Lee.

Cindy: There was a lot of, lets say, mid-century decor in the house.

Diana: I understand they already have an offer on the house so it really is a winning situation all around.

Anna: I saw an opportunity to help the homeowners who were really overwhelmed. I'm glad they decided to go with the investor, although I might have made more money if they decided to do the remodel, as I would have been project manager. In the end, it worked out best for all of us.

Thanks Marianne & Kate.

Maureen: I hadn't thought of it that way, but you are right. An experienced and well connected home stager will know who to call and how to get the job done.

Kathy B: Thanks! I bought the cafe table & chairs from a restaurant supply.

Nov 14, 2010 02:43 AM #11
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

Definitely a win ~ win ~ win answer to a tough situation!  An amazing transformation!  Wonderful point made by Maureen.  The colors you chose warmed up the space and really brought out the color in the hardwood floors.  

Nov 14, 2010 06:18 AM #12
Connie King
Sevierville, TN

The photo of the "after staging" living room is just unbelievable.   I would have been so frustrated at the first look at it before.    Just great work.

Nov 14, 2010 06:23 AM #13
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Laura: Thank you.

Connie: My assistant looked at me with terror in her eyes when we first went to look at the house. Some rooms were stacked over 4' with years of accumulation of "stuff". I relish that kind of job though. The transformation can be very satisfying.

Nov 14, 2010 07:55 AM #14
Beth Lester
Beth Lester Designs - Torrance, CA
Home Staging & Interior Decorating

It really helps to know a variety of people so you can match people up, doesn't it?  Great job, Michelle.

Nov 14, 2010 09:56 AM #15
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

So true, Beth. I work with several real estate investors, but I knew these homeowners would feel most comfortable with this particular investor. I have turned other investors on to other properties, but nothing came to fruition.

Nov 14, 2010 10:57 AM #16
Külli Yee ~ Metro Vancouver Home Staging
Ilus Design ~ Home staging, re-design and organizing - Port Coquitlam, BC

Michelle, smart work and beautiful staging as always!

Nov 19, 2010 05:37 AM #17
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Thanks Kulli!

Nov 20, 2010 01:43 PM #18
Leanne Zumbrunnen
Showhomes of Kansas City - Lenexa, KS

Sounds like a win win for everyone.  I am still in awe at the impact of staging.  Your work totally changed the look and feel of the room.

Nov 21, 2010 02:26 PM #19
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Thank you so much, Leanne!

Nov 21, 2010 03:05 PM #20
Jo Potvin
Design To Market LLC - Cincinnati, OH
Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market

Great strategy...everyone wins in a scenario like that.  The transformation was incredible!

Nov 21, 2010 03:39 PM #21
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Hi Michelle,

So my question is - "Was that the same room?"

I guess it must be, since you included both pictures.

A very dramatic difference!!


Nov 25, 2010 12:14 AM #22
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Yes, Jo. We all were/are winners! Thanks.

Phil: Yep, same room, slightly different angle. I didn't show the worst of it because I didn't want to embarass anyone :o) Thank you!

Nov 25, 2010 04:43 AM #23
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