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A Great Professional Home Stager Is Like A Swiss Army Knife™

An experienced house stager has a lot in common with a fully-loaded Swiss Army Knife™.

A home stager is like a fully loaded Swiss Army Knife

Since WWII, the trusty Swiss Army Knife™ has been the go-to tool for soldiers, campers, fishermen, construction workers, even Hollywood Bowl goers (mainly for the corkscrew and for slicing cheese:o). I even have a Swiss Army Knife™ in my home staging tool kit! The Swiss Champ™ has 35 tools or "features" and there's not a lot you can't fix or attend to with a Swiss Champ™in your pocket.

The more experienced the home stager, the more tools she is likely to have at her disposal.

I like the think I'm the Swiss Champ™ of home stagers. Like the problem solving Swiss Army Knife™, Moving Mountains Designcan be the solution for many home selling difficulties:

  • Need advice on how to add umph to your front yard to enhance curb appeal? A home staging consultation will cover that
  • Need a recommendation for inexpensive carpet, granite counter-tops, reliable movers or storage? I've got several to choose from in my contact list
  • Don't know what color to paint your living room to appeal to more buyers? I know the perfect color
  • Not sure if your furniture will help or hurt the sale of your home? I can assess your furniture and let you know if I think it will advance your goal to sell your home for top dollar
  • Is your home vacant and feels empty with no furniture? I can provide a few rooms or a whole house of furniture, artwork and accessories to make your home look like a model home
  • Don't have a real estate agent to list your home? I've worked or interacted with 100's, all over Los Angeles, Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley and I know who does a good job
  • Not sure if you should spend the money on remodeling your house for sale? I can tell you which upgrades should help with a faster sale or a higher selling price
  • Do you need to sell your home fast and as-is? I work with real estate investors that can close escrow in as little as 1 week for all cash - no banks, no mortgage approvals, no appraisals

If you're the listing agent, I can help you with:

  • Photographing your listing after staging. I'll provide professional quality photographs of the homes we stage for use in marketing
  • Writing your marketing materials
  • Sending an email blast to 1,800+ real estate professionals on my mailing list
  • Convincing your client of the importance of doing certain repairs, upgrades or staging in order to effect a faster sale at a higher price

As you can see, an experienced home stager has a lot in common with the trusty Swiss Army Knife™.

Smart home owners, real estate agents and real estate investors have one in their pocket. Do you?    

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Los Angeles Real Estate Staging

2015 RESA Professional Stager of the Year

2014 RESA Top 10 Professional Home Stager2010 RESA Professional Stager of the Year

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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Comment balloon 22 commentsMichelle Minch • August 16 2011 01:11PM

Comments

Hello Michelle, 

Thanks for your informative post. I agree.

Posted by Krista Lombardi (Prudential Calfornia Realty) over 7 years ago

Nice call to action...hope it brings you lots of biz.

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) over 7 years ago

Thank you Krista and Li!

 

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) over 7 years ago

Michelle- I love Swiss Army Knives and you're right.. a Home Stager comes with many tools all packed into one neat package. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 7 years ago

Michelle - what a great parallel to draw!  I have DEFINITELY learned to be more prepared and with the proper tools since becoming a stager....never know what skill, item, or tool you might need!

Posted by Sharon Lord, New Home Advisor (Maracay Homes) over 7 years ago

Kathy: I have a SAK in my car, my purse and my briefcase. I think every real estate agent and home seller should have a home stager to help solve their home selling problems.

Sharon: I thought of it when I pulled out my SAK the other day to fix a hinge in a client's house. I like to be the problem solver.

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) over 7 years ago

Michelle - Ok, I had to see where you were going with the "home stagers are like Swiss army knives"...  you did not disappoint!  Of course, my favourite arm of the SAK is the wine bottle opener, but nuff said!

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) over 7 years ago

Glad you liked the post, Sally!

 

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) over 7 years ago

Great psot...so many things in your tool kit!!!

Posted by Jo Potvin, Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market (Design To Market LLC) over 7 years ago

Okay.... you just officially assigned yourself a new nickname. SAK it is, from here on out!

In all seriousness, your experience as a home stager in Los Angeles, surely sets you apart.  Great post and great analogy.

Kathy

Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager (http://atlantahomestaging.net) over 7 years ago

LOVE your analogy, too, Michelle!  We certainly do carry a lot of "tools" in our bags, hearts and minds.  One thing I've noticed lately is how many women carry a SAK with them - as a tool, not for protection.  Interesting.

Posted by Julia Maher, Connecticut Home Stager (Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes) over 7 years ago

Thanks, Jo.

Kathy: Thank you.

Julia: I've been carrying a SAK for years!

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) over 7 years ago

Great Analogy Michelle. We carry not only a lot of tools but a wealth of knowledge that we have received through education, training, and fellow stagers and AR!

Posted by Wendy Tomm, CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors (Beyond the Walls) over 7 years ago

Hi Michelle--great post; great analogy.  Like the Swiss Army knife we never know what tool we will be called upon to use but we are expected to have them all with us.  Love this post. 

Posted by Janet Jones, Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (Just Your Style Interiors, LLC) over 7 years ago

So true, Wendy! Thanks.

Janet: The better prepared we are, the more valuable we are to our customers.

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) over 7 years ago

Love the analogy you are right as Stagers we do focus on ALL the details. Yes I too have a SAK in my tool bag.

Posted by Jacki Kennedy, Staged to Wow, Houston TX (Staged to WOW Home Staging & Redesign) over 7 years ago

Thanks, Jacki!

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) over 7 years ago

Love it-I do not go anywhere without mine!!

Posted by Cathy Lee, ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA (CL Design Services Home Staging) over 7 years ago

Increasing the tools in my belt is something I'm working on constantly.  Great analogy, Michelle!

Posted by Beth Lester, Home Staging & Interior Decorating (Beth Lester Designs) over 7 years ago

Thanks, Cathy Lee and Beth.

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) over 7 years ago

Michelle - just reading your post made me want to hire you to stage my house and I am not even selling.  :)  Great info!

Posted by Wanda Richards, Shows Great Home Staging (Shows Great Home Staging and Web Solutions ) over 7 years ago

What a nice thing to say, Wanda. Thank you!

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) over 7 years ago

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