Warehouse of the Year!

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

If there were such an award, I think I would have a pretty good crack at it, although my friend Jo Potvin of Design to Market in Cincinnati, OH would give me a run for my money (Take a Peak at our Warehouse). My company, Moving Mountains Design & Home Staging, outgrew our previous location - my guest house and carport. It took me a while to find it, but on December 15, 2007 I leased a warehouse in Arcadia, CA. It was about 1,100 sq. ft. to start with, and I added (well, I paid a contractor to do it) another 400 or so sq. ft. mezzanine to increase available storage. 

Beside the fact that we were bursting at the seams, I wanted to be able to increase my inventory. I currently own enough inventory for about 10 houses. With the new space and high ceilings, we can expand that to 15-20 houses.

 

Warehouse BeforeHere is what the space looked like before we moved in:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

warehouse before 2

 

The previous tenant restored classic cars here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 OK, so here are the "after" photos. Keep in mind, we are still moving in, but things are developing nicely.

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This is "the greenhouse" (left) and lamps r us (right)

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We fondly refer to this (up on the mezzanine) to Pillowland & Bed, Bath & ...well, you know the rest! I have tried to incorporate a tabletop in each section for sorting the things we want to use in a particular staging, and the things we are returning to inventory. Right now we have the luxury of space, so we can afford to have empty horizontal surfaces. I keep all my bedding, towels & throw pillows in plastic tubs to help keep them clean, together & for ease of grabbing and going. I may change this once we are entirely moved in, to have the throw pillows displayed openly, for ease of selection.

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This area is where we store all the accessories, fake food, etc. We call it "wonderland".

We are still working out storage options for artwork, furniture (I mostly rent large pieces, but do stock smaller items or items I can't find a rental source for) and the rugs. I have a feeling palette racking is in my future. I'll post some more photos when we are finished.

UPDATE: I found my warehouse on www.loopnet.com a website where commercial REAs advertise their listings. We signed a 3 year lease. If we need more space, we will either expand the mezzanine or lease another unit, if one is available in the same complex. We are paying $1.10/sq. ft./month.

 

 (c)2008 Moving Mountains Design

 

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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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Rainmaker
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Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.
I'm impressed...
Jan 17, 2008 03:42 PM #42
Rainer
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Tracy Moses~Redefining LUXE~Staging ~ Decorati
Redefining LUXE - Mount Pleasant, SC
What a great job you did with the space!  I am sure you are thrilled to have all of your beautiful stuff readily available when you have a home to stage.  Thank you for sharing and congratulations!
Jan 17, 2008 11:12 PM #43
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Sheri: Like most of us, I started out with all my inventory in my house, then when my last tenant moved out, I moved my inventory into my guest house. As we got more stuff, I put up a pop-up tent in the back yard and once that was full, we started putting stuff in the carport. We were bursting at the seams. I had to get a warehouse. I really didn't have a choice.

Thanks Terrylynn.

Tracy: I think this will be a real boon to my business once we get it all organized and put away. We destaged a house yesterday and everything is in disarray again. We are trying to find a new rhythm. Thank you.

Jan 18, 2008 12:38 AM #44
Rainmaker
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Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals
I love the section names - we do that too - just makes life easier and more fun, of course.
Jan 24, 2008 03:54 PM #45
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA
Hi Kathleen: Everything doesn't have to be so serious. Fun is good. The names evolved naturally. Thanks for commenting.
Jan 25, 2008 12:52 AM #46
Rainer
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Reece Mack
Simplicity Home Design, Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Owner
Great looking space Michelle....you look like you have a lot of really cool things.  Can I come shopping there?  Kudos to you for a job well done!
Feb 27, 2008 04:43 PM #47
Rainer
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Janis Gaines
Staging Sells Eugene Homes - Eugene, OR
Home Stager Eugene OR - The Notably Well-Dressed H

WOW - what a great, organized space you have created. I noticed that you use bungies to protect small items from falling on the floor. I figured that out for my silk plant racks - which are rolling carts - so that everything stayed in place.

My storage/garage is 1200 and is detached from my home. I found this place by accident - not planning to move a second time in one year. The FOR SALE sign at the head of the street wasn't what attracted me. It was the word "SHOP" hanging below the sign that made me stop and turn around. The rest is history.

I have some great heavy duty sofa racks that I got from William A Gore Company - based in Woodinville WA. They ship their stuff all over the country. I have 8 foot wide, 7 foot tall, 42 inch deep racks for sofas, and a couple rolling carts for rugs and pictures that they custom made for me.

Here is their contact info:

http://www.seattle.com/william-a-gore-company-incorporated-b704481

Tell them Janis sent you!  ;=) 

Feb 28, 2008 05:56 PM #48
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Janis: I live in earthquake country, therefore, we use the bungies. It gives me a (slight) feeling of having some protection in the event of an earthquake.

I hope we don't have to move in the near future, unless its because my business has grown so much I need more space! Maybe we can just expand into the warehouse space next door.

Thanks for the tip on the pallet racks. I want them and need them, but haven't made the leap yet.

Feb 29, 2008 05:46 AM #49
Rainmaker
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Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

Wow.  Wonderland it is...amazing Michelle, I want to be you when I grow up.  GREAT warehouse.

Mar 09, 2008 06:57 PM #50
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA
Thanks Terrylynn. Funny, I was thinking the same thing about you!
Mar 10, 2008 03:45 AM #51
Rainmaker
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Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

Oh you are too cute, guess we'll have to grow up together...and what a fun sandbox to play in, huh?  smile

Mar 10, 2008 05:11 AM #52
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Renee Pratta
Renewed Rooms - North Myrtle Beach, SC
Renewed Rooms - SC
Absolutely, undeniably...incredible!
Mar 10, 2008 03:49 PM #53
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA
Renee: Thank you. We really enjoy working there.
Mar 16, 2008 10:46 AM #54
Rainmaker
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
I just happened back here and needed to relax my jaw this evening MM.  It's once again open and on the floor in awe.... I like to look at this and soak it all in. I want to shop there but more than that, enjoy your company too..
Mar 16, 2008 10:58 AM #55
Rainer
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Leslie Hoyt
Hello Home! - Greenville, SC
Hello Home!

Wow!

"All" I have is our 1100 square foot finished basement for storage of props- it came with the house. Dunno how much per square foot per month we pay- guess I could figure our mortgage, then divide that by 3 stories, LOL!

I am very excited for you and your new space! It looks like a Tuesday Morning store! Can I borrow that large pear painting and "store" it in my living room?

How blessed you are! Have fun!

~Leslie 

Mar 16, 2008 03:20 PM #56
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Karen: You make me laugh. I wish we lived closer.

Leslie: That pear painting is huge and heavy, but it is almost always in use. Prior to getting the warehouse, we had everything "warehoused" in my guest house so I understand where you are coming from. We are way more organized than a Tuesday Morning store (at least the ones around here). They have great deals but are usually pretty messy.

Mar 16, 2008 03:59 PM #57
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Cindy Lin
Staged4more School of Home Staging - South San Francisco, CA
Host, The Home Staging Show podcast

this a late congrats but CONGRATS! i am in the process of transition to a 3600 sq ft warehouse. yikes. headaches on how to oragnize it ;/

cheers,

cindy

Jun 08, 2008 09:36 AM #58
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Hi Cindy: I have warehouse envy. What I could do with $3600 sq. ft. That has got to be costing you a fortune. Congratulations to you!

Jun 08, 2008 09:55 AM #59
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Kristy Morrison
Capital Home Staging & Design - Ottawa, ON

Michelle,

I want to visit your warehouse soooo badly! this is my goal and dream to be able to have one of these one day!

Dec 07, 2009 12:23 PM #60
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Kristy: Just let me know when you'll be in town. I'll be happy to show you around.

Dec 07, 2009 01:49 PM #61
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