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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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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Los Angeles Home Staging: West LA Stunning Remodel

Stunning West Los Angeles home completely remodeled and staged by Pro Staged Homes.

Listing Price: $985,000 Status: Active

2744 Midvale Ave Los Angeles (City) CA 90064 Residential –

Single Family Living Area: 1,955 Sq. Ft. Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3.5

Conveniently located on a quiet street in Rancho Park neighborhood of West LA, this beautiful 4 bedroom & 3-1/2 bath home (including the addition) is completely renovated with professional designs.

This property is within walking distance to everything you want: great schools, groceries, shops, and restaurants.

Within this contemporary styled house, there are new dual pane energy efficient vinyl windows, new copper plumbing, new electrical panel and system, new recessed lighting and fixtures, new HVAC system, new exterior & interior paint, new front and backyard deck, new hardwood and tile floors, new doors and newly landscaped garden with a fountain. The kitchen has new custom cabinets, quartz-stone countertop, and equipped fully with stainless steel appliances. All bathrooms have been upgraded with mosaic tile layout, modern bath faucets and accessories. Front and backyard gardens are beautifully designed and landscaped with new plantings, pebbles, and trees.

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Does being more expensive mean better quality and results? Many people believe that when an item or service costs more it must mean that it’s because the quality or service is better. Some times, that is true. I admit I am a name brand shopper,  particularly when it comes to food and groceries. I’m sorry but in my opinion, my Haagen-Dazs ice cream tastes way better than any other national or store brand out there. And I like my Bounty paper towels and Quilted Northern toilet tissue a lot better than those other supposed leading brands.

And when it comes to service providers there is a certain satellite TV company that I much prefer over its competitor and those cable companies. I pay more for my dry cleaning because the cheap guys ruined a couple of my suits. So yes, there are times when the cost does mean better quality and results.

But this is not always the case. Take home staging for example. I don’t know of a single stager who will disclose their pricing strategy, myself included. Our course instructors advised us to develop our pricing based on how much money we need to make to support ourselves. Using this strategy, it is quite easy to see why there would be such a variance in the pricing strategy of home staging companies.

There are times when you are paying for the name attached to the staging company. Think Los Angeles based Meridith Baer and Matthew Finlason for example. Extremely talented, highly reputable and respected. You pay for that. But at the same time, these people are staging for the uber rich, not your average home seller.

Some staging companies carry their own inventory so they have warehouse and storage overhead costs such as rent or a mortgage, insurance and so forth. Some have employees so they have payroll taxes and costs. Some may have an office outside the home. All of that has to be included in the pricing. But not all staging companies have these expenses.

Many staging companies consist of only the stager him or herself, such as my case. On occasion I hire extra help but for the most part, it’s just me. I do not have a family to provide for nor do I have a spouse or significant other helping to support me. I do not live beyond my means so I do not have excessive bills and expenses. But I do have to support myself for today, tomorrow and the future. I still have to be able to put food on the table, gas in the car, save for rainy days and retirement. So based on the strategy I was taught to develop my pricing strategy upon, my costs may not be as high as others.

So when Pro Staged Homes submits a bid to a prospective client that comes in lower than some others, does that mean that my work is not as good as my competitors? That I am using cheap furniture and accessories? Absolutely not. Don’t get me wrong, my prices are not the cheapest, but I am also not the most expensive. I pride myself on the service and quality I provide and every one of my clients will tell you I go above and beyond what is expected. In the home staging business, word-of-mouth and referrals are the biggest form of advertising and source of work.

You still need to use caution when hiring a stager, or for any business or person for that matter. There are those who give you a low bid and their portfolio will show you why their bid is so low. When hiring a professional home stager be sure to get their statistics and portfolio results because those two items will tell you exactly what you’re getting for your money.



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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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I ask myself all the time why one would take money off the table when there may not be a need to. I’m hearing that home prices are rising, rates are low, there are buyers but not enough homes for sale. So, if this is true, why aren’t the properties that are on the market not selling?

I think that we all would agree that the right pricing is critical to the success of selling a home. Second to that success is probably location. And third, condition. Obvously pricing is under our control. If the property is priced correctly, you’re one-third of the way there. Location though, not much one can do to change that. But still, you bought the house because you liked something enough to overlook the location so chances are there are buyers who will also. That leaves condition. The home’s condition is going to be the thing that makes or breaks the sale. And we definitely have control over the condition.

The goal of every seller is to get the most money possible for the property and to get it sold as quickly as possible. The longer a house sits on the market, the more likely there will be a price reduction and less than full price offer. But there are things sellers can do to help avoid this from happening to them. And it costs a whole lot less than a price reduction. What is it? Home Staging. By this time, you have heard about it, you know what it is. If you’re looking for a new place to buy, chances are you’ve seen properties that have been staged.

So what is is that is holding you back from taking advantage of one of the most advantageous, successful investment and marketing strategies available? HomeGains 2012 annual survey ranks home staging at #5 on their list of top improvements when it comes to selling a home, What should be noted is that the top 4 improvements are all part of home staging.

Pro Staged Homes staged 4 properties in the last few weeks. All of them are now in escrow. Since the time they were staged, there were no price drops. Each one sold within days of being staged and listed.  The average price to stage these 4 homes? $3700 for a 60-day contract. None of them will exceed their 2-month contract. A $3700 investment that gives you a nearly 200% return and you’re going to reduce your price by $10,000? Pro Staged Homes averages less than 54 days from date staged to close of escrow – 6 days less than our minimum contract term. The Real Estate Staging Association (RESA), who tracks sales as date staged to accepted offer puts the national average at 42 days. Using RESA’s method, Pro Staged Homes # of days staged-to-sold is less than 10.

For example:

1939 Grace St Family Room On the market nearly 50 days with no offers. Staged and offer accepted within 20 days.


933 Conlon La Puente Staged with open house – opened 45 day escrow less than 10 days later.


2931 San Angelo Claremont Purchased one day after the open house by a couple who viewed the house unstaged and didn’t think it was the right house for them!


2744 Midvale West LA This sophisticated stunner received an offer the week after the open house.

With results like these, isn’t the investment in home staging a much wiser and faster route to selling your home than a price reduction?

Proven results in priced right-staged home sales.

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Entertainer’s Dream within Riverside Orange Groves * On 1 Acre of land, Main Home features 3257 square feet of living space with 4 Bedrooms and 3 Bathrooms * Separate Guest Home features a Full Kitchen, 2 Bedrooms, and 1 Bathroom * Main Home has Granite Countertops, New Stainless Steel Appliances, Double Oven, and a Center Island in the Kitchen * Family Room features a dramatic Wood Beam Ceiling with Brick Fireplace * Master Suite features it’s own Fireplace and French Doors leading to the Pool and Courtyard * New Granite Countertops, Dual Sinks, and New Tile Shower in Master Bath * New Interior and Exterior Paint throughout * Separate Wet Bar for Entertaining * New Carpet and Tile throughout * Backyard features a Pool and Spa in Courtyard * 3 Car Garage and plenty of additional Parking Space * RV Parking * Revitalized Landscaping.

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