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PRO STAGED HOMES 2014 HOME STAGING STATISTICS ANNOUNCED


Home Staging works. It’s been proven time and again. Most of the statistics you find will be based on national sales figures but Pro Staged Homes tracks the properties we stage each year so that we can conduct our own survey using data taken from Redfin.com. Redfin has a cool little feature on each property page that allows you to click a little heart up in the right corner. Once you have created your account, you click the heart and it turns red. You will then receive an email any time something happens with that property, such as it is newly listed, has an open house scheduled, changes in status (pending, contingent, sold) etc. Once the property sells, you can obtain the list price, number of days to an accepted offer, changes to the list price and selling price. These are the figures Pro Staged Homes uses to track our statistics.

So, the numbers are in and we are thrilled to report that the homes we staged in 2014 averaged less than 36 days and spent 59% less time on the market. Click the link below to see our stats and photos from some of our favorites from last year.

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Home Staging Claremont: 2540 king Way


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Presented by Steve Major and Associates. Pro Staged Homes was called in to stage this beautiful rehabbed Claremont property. Now listed and offered at $639,000, Steve describes the home as a standard sale, great location, large lot. This beautifully remodeled North Claremont home is located in close proximity to Claremont trails, parks & award winning schools (including Condit Elementary). The house has a great floor plan. There are three bedrooms on North wing of the house. On the South wing is the master bedroom and an office which can easily be converted to 5th bedroom. There are new carpets in all bedrooms and beautiful slate tiles in the remainder of the house. Master bedroom has walk-in closet and sliding door opening to the back yard adjacent to patio cover. Both bathrooms have been remodeled. There are new windows throughout the house. Enjoy cooking in the gourmet kitchen which has white cabinets, granite counters & stainless steel appliances. Living room has a cozy fireplace, lots of natural lights and two sliding doors opening to beautiful backyard. Kitchen opens to a very large family room with wet bar which makes it perfect for entertaining. Outside is a large pool sized backyard (newly seeded), covered patio and a side yard. Additional features include: professionally landscaped front yard. 3 car garage, indoor laundry; New interior and exterior paint; Formal dining; beautiful mountain views; recessed lighting and much more.

Professionally photographed by Kimberly Olbrich, West Covina, CA.

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HOME STAGING in Temple City


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Pro Staged Homes was called in to help these Temple City homeowners get their property sold. It had been on the market for 90 days with no offers. The new listing agent brought us in because he knew we could help put this property in market-ready condition. The issues? There were a few. 1) The house is currently rented out to several tenants, each renting their own room and sharing the kitchen, baths and living areas. 2) The front part of the house had been added on as the owners worked out of their home, so they added on an office and lobby/reception area. 3) The kitchen needed to be updated. We prepared a written consultation with several suggestions to successfully prepare the home for market. The homeowners chose to implement some of recommendations which vastly improved the look and feel of the home. Once they were don, using some of their existing furnishings and bringing in some of our own we created a cohesive, pulled together property that is sure to bring a sale.

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HOME STAGING 101: PREPARING THE HOME FOR SALE


It’s home staging 101. The basic things a seller has to do if they want their home to sell in a reasonable amount of time and for the best possible price offer. Preparing the home for sale. By now, everyone has heard the news, you have to:

Clean

Declutter

Depersonalize

Those are the top three items every seller must complete before they even think about listing their home. If the house doesn’t show great curb appeal and clean, spacious-looking, updated rooms in outstanding online photos there won’t be many serious buyers showing up to view it, it won’t get top-dollar and it won’t sell very quickly.

Pro Staged Homes was recently called in to help a seller whose property had been on the market for 97 days with no offers. They had hired a new listing agent who suggested they have the property staged.

It is a challenging property in that the sellers, when they lived there, built an addition to the front of the home where they ran their business from. After they moved out, they rented rooms in the back of the house out to individual tenants who still live there. Half of it was a hodge-podge of furniture and personal belongings, the other half empty.

We arrived for the consultation and room by room, made a list of repairs and changes that really needed to be made if they were serious about getting it sold. The owners were eager to sell the property and so they made some, but not all of the suggested repairs and updates. However, they made enough changes and repairs that with home staging the property is at a point where they can reasonably expect a sale and good solid offer.

Take a look at these before and after shots. They clearly show the difference in how the house looked when it was first listed to the way it shows now:

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This property needed to be cleaned up and pulled together, made to feel like a complete home rather than a community gathering spot. Buyers need to be able to see the house as a home, a home they can live in. We think we have accomplished that objective. Stay tuned for news of a sale!

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HOME STAGING – YOU BOUGHT YOUR HOME NOW HOW DO YOU FURNISH IT


Congratulations! You just bought you new home. It may be your first or maybe you’re up sizing or down sizing, whatever the reason, all you have to do now is furnish it. As a home stager and interior redesign professional, I am often asked where I got my staging furniture and accessories or to purchase them for clients.

Furnishing your new place can seem daunting. It’s a lot of space to fill and having just taken on the expenses that come with owning a home, money may be a little tight when it comes to decorating your new space.

Staging and design professionals do a lot of shopping and I mean a lot! Often times we’re on a tight budget or buying inventory for multiple properties that we’re staging. We have to make our dollars work for us and get the best values we can find. So to help you get your new home decorated, I thought I would share some of the places home stagers and redesign experts shop.

There are so many great shopping experiences to be had. Whether you’re strictly an on line shopper or one who loves the brick-and-mortar, there are lots of great places where you can score some fantastic deals and steals.

OF course there are the major chains and big box department and furniture stores. But you can buy some of those same items at your local furniture stores and galleries. One that I like, the Furniture Gallery is located in Covina on Azusa Avenue. They carry major lines like Coaster and offer reasonable pricing.

Stagers and designers frequent places like HomeGoods, SteinMart, TJ Maxx & Marshall’s, Pier One Imports and World Market among others. These stores offer the same name brands for much less than the major department stores. Burlington Coat Factory also offers home goods at great prices.

Some lesser known stores that have great prices are Tai Pan Trading and The Alley. Both have side-by-side locations in Rancho Cucamonga. Watch for Tai Pan’s annual tent sale to score some amazing deals.

If you happened to tour a staged home and really liked the furniture, check out CORT Furniture’s retail outlet for steep discounts on previously rented home goods.

Some of the best deals ever can be found on line and you can shop from the comfort of your own (new) home. Amazon isn’t the only site known for great deals. For amazing prices on everything under the sun needed to furnish your new home try Overstock.com and for outlandish deals on rugs, try RugsUSA.com.

You can also check out Real Simples’ Insider Guide to Home Decor Websites for more great places to shop.

Then there’s the popular fav’s like Z Gallerie, Crate and Barrel, West Elm, CB2, Joss and Main, One King’s Lane, Pottery Barn, Ballard Design and Home Decorators.com.

When your budget is really tight, check out your local Good Will, community thrift, consignment and second-hand shops. You can find brand new home decor with the tags still on. Yard sales and flea markets are also good places to find bargains and treasures. And of course, don’t forget Craigslist!

Well, I think I’ve given you enough resources to find a bargain on anything and everything you will ever need to purchase for your new home. Many home staging companies including Pro Staged Homes offer personal shopping services among their services so don’t forget to use them as a resource too.

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HOME STAGING TIPS FOR UPDATING KITCHENS AND BATHS WHEN SELLING A HOME


Lots of homes are listed for sale that are in need of some updating. I would not recommend a seller spend a lot of money on remodeling the kitchen and bathrooms. I do however, strongly recommend that sellers invest in some minor updates so that the property appears well-maintained and move-in ready. Move-in ready, one of the top “must haves” on buyer’s lists of wants/needs.

So what do you do when you have a kitchen that is still in the 80’s? Oak cabinets, tile countertops? There are things home owners can do to counter the dated look. With some elbow grease and sometimes a small cash investment, you can have your kitchen and baths looking great.

Tomahawk before makeover

Tomahawk Kitchen After Makeover

Real Estate Agents and Home Stagers cannot stress enough, the importance of a clean, uncluttered home. Make sure that every surface in the kitchen and bath from floor-to-ceiliing have been washed, scrubbed, dusted and polished. Nothing turns a potential buyer off more than dirty, unsanitary rooms, fixtures and appliances.

Tile Countertops: Replace or repair cracked and/or broken tiles. Clean the grout and if necessary replace it. Try using sandpaper to scrub the surface of the grout or use a grout cleaning solution. There are also grout markers available at most home improvement stores that come in a variety of colors. You may need to reseal so check with your home improvement expert.

Bathroom Before

Cabinets: Paint and stain is your best friend when replacing the cabinets isn’t an option. This home stager recommends not painting over the hardware. It’s best to remove cabinet doors and hardware for painting.

 Bathroom After

At the very least, cabinetry should be washed and polished. We recommend Murphy’s Oil Soap. This product cleans the wood and brings back the shine and luster. See the difference in this cabinet door? 

 

                Oak Kitchen Cabinet Before         Oak Kitchen Cabinet After

Pro Staged Homes suggests updating faucets, fixtures and lighting whenever possible. These items can be purchased relatively inexpensively but provide a lot of bang for the buck.

1-1/4 in. Hollow Cabinet Hardware Knob 25-Pack   Home Depot sells contractor packs of knobs for about $40 and 3 in. Satin Nickel Cabinet Pulls 10-Pack 10 packs of pulls for about $16.

Taking the time to make these small changes will net great gains in the amount of time it takes to sell, the selling price of your home and quite possibly multiple offers. Home selling is about perception and a well-maintained home is always perceived with a higher value!

Thinking or planning on selling? Properties staged by Pro Staged Homes average less than 10 days to an accepted offer and less than 54 days to close of escrow. Call us today and schedule your home staging consultation. You’ll be glad you did!

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CLAREMONT CA HOME SELLS IN ONE DAY


The listing agent for this beautiful Claremont CA view home had never used a home stager before. She had shown the property several time but there were no takers. After taking our advice to remove the existing furnishings and bring in up-to-date furniture and accessories, the home was re-presented.

The result? The house sold in one day! The buyers had viewed the property before it was staged and decided it wasn’t the right house for them. After being persuaded to come back for another look after staging, they bought it.

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