Tag Archives: Selling your home

Sunflower Creations, Philadelphia’s Home Stagers- Early March 2015

17 Mar

Well, we trudged through the snow, we battled the ice, and we staged lots of homes in the city and the suburbs…

Here’s what we’ve got for you today!

New Construction in Point Breeze

(Courtesy of The McCann Team, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
blog1This beautiful home has a very small living room and no formal dining space.  Adding furniture made the living room feel more spacious.  And, we were able to show additional living (and possibly dining) space in the finished basement.  Seems like a fun place to have your friends over!blog2 blog3 blog4 blog5(Click here to see full property listing)

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Luxury Home in Roxborough

(Courtesy of Lisa Murphy, Keller Williams Real Estate)

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This home in Roxborough really feels like the ‘burbs!   With so much space, we wanted to show furniture layout, and really showcase the property for its comfort and elegance.blog7 blog8 blog9 blog10(Click here to see full property listing)

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Updated Split Level Family Home in King of Prussia

(Courtesy of Neal Kugelman, Elfant-Wissahickon Real Estate)
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Even with snow on the ground, the huge windows make you feel like your in Florida- and we love that, right about now!
The home owners decided to do some updates, and put this baby on that market.  And they called us to stage it, because a staged home sells better than an empty one!
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Large Home in Graduate Hospital

(Courtesy of Andrew Janos, Copper Hill Real Estate)
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When we first came out to see this home, the walls were just filled with fun, bright colors.  We suggested repainting some of the bolder areas in neutrals for resale, because potential buyers tend to prefer a blank slate.  But we brought some color right back in with furniture and accessories.blog17 blog18 blog19 blog20 blog21(Click here to see full property listing)

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Well, that does it for today- Thanks for looking!

We’d Love to Work With You On Your Next Project:

…Vacant Home Staging Services, Occupied Home Staging Consultations, Builder’s Services and Finish Selections, Interior Design and more…

Sunflower Creations is dedicated to:

  • Providing fast and friendly service
  • Creating fabulous homes at fair & competitive prices
  • Making every project our number one priority

…Philadelphia, Montgomery & Bucks County, and surrounding areas…

Please contact:

 Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

267.207.9298

 akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

 or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

Turning Up The Heat- Sunflower Creations, Philadelphia’s Home Stagers

3 Mar

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It may be 20 degrees on the outside, but we’re warming up interiors all over Philly- This February, Sunflower Creations has been creating spaces where buyers want to cuddle up, and call it home!

Here’s a few of our February home stagings:

Fairmount/Art Museum Area

(courtesy of Coldwell Banker- Welker Real Estate)
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Center City Trinity Townhome

(Courtesy of Deb Stanitz, Elfant-Wissahickon Realtors)
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Fishtown Fave

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South Philly Rehab

(Courtesy of Kathleen Gilmore, Keller Williams Realty)
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Rittenhouse Penthouse Condominium

(Courtesy of Brian Stetler, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
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Pennsport Rehab

(Courtesy of Michael Garden, Space & Company)

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Fairmount/Art Museum Area Condo

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Thanks so much for looking!

We’d Love to Work With You On Your Next Project:

…Vacant Home Staging Services, Occupied Home Staging Consultations, Builder’s Services and Finish Selections, Interior Design and more…

Sunflower Creations is dedicated to:

  • Providing fast and friendly service
  • Creating fabulous homes at fair & competitive prices
  • Making every project our number one priority

…Philadelphia, Montgomery & Bucks County, and surrounding areas…

Please contact:

 Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

267.207.9298

 akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

 or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

The Case of the South Philly Home that Needed Staging, by Sunflower Creations

29 Nov

kimball1It’s a classic tale:  Once upon a time, a super sweet young family lists their home for sale in the Bella Vista section of South Philadelphia.  Even though the home is in a great neighborhood, and is really adorable, it sadly sits on the market for 40 days with little interest from potential buyers.  Their realtor suggests consulting with us, and we are able to identify a couple of issues right away…

We were ready to work with the homeowners on a consulting basis, to help improve the success of their showings.  But, at the last minute, they decided to move out and have us stage the home completely.  This was a really good move!

The general theme that seemed to keep reappearing is that there is a big difference in the way we live in our homes, versus the way we envision living in our homes.  For example, when we stage an empty living room, we tend to use accessories that suggest relaxing with a cocktail, or getting cozy with a book– something that seems happy, fun, enjoyable to potential buyers.  This is appealing, it is what we want to do in our living room.  Forget that most of us will turn a living room into a playroom, office, craft room and dining area!

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(Living Room Before and After)

kimball3Common in many older South Philly homes is this big landing that seems like a whole additional room.  The trouble with this space is that it is tough to figure out what to do with it.  It’s a common area because you need to walk through it to go downstairs, but it is definitely bigger than a hallway.  Our solution is to turn these types of areas into something special or functional, somewhere that a potential buyer would want to spend time.  In other words, we want to turn the space from a question mark  into a memorable selling feature of the house.

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(landing before and after)kimball8 kimball7Finally, the house was listed as a 2 bedroom home, yet upon walking the property,  we could only find one bedroom!

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The long story is that since the couple have a small child, who frequently wakes up in the middle of the night,  it became easier to just sleep in one room on the second floor with the built-in crib.  The short story is that potential buyers were not envisioning the fabulous 3rd floor loft space as a master suite, since it looked more like a storage/makeshift office.

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The open space is even equipped with plumbing, for a bathroom renovation, or at least a wet bar– Who wouldn’t want that in their master suite!

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This home definitely had an artsy vibe, from the multi-colored linoleum tiles on the 2nd floor, to the pegboard walls in the kitchen and master bedroom.  It is these unique traits that people will fall in love with, and it is these same traits that people will run from.  So, we just made it a point to try to neutralize these oddities a little as we worked our way through the home.

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Once staged, this home went under contract in 1 WEEK!!

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If you are getting ready to put your home on the market, or if you are having a tough time trying to sell your home,

 

contact us for a consultation.

 

Our “look” helps homes sell quickly and our process keeps clients coming back time and again.

 

Contact Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

 

267.207.9298

 

akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

 

or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

 

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Trying to Sell Your Home While Living in it? Call Sunflower Creations for Help Staging to Sell

25 Nov

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We’re always blabbing about how staging a vacant home makes it feel lived in, cozy, and energized–  Yada, yada…

But we do not talk as much about the other scenario- The lived-in home, that appears, perhaps, a little too lived in, too cozy, and too energized!

Now, we are not just Stagers;  We are human, too.  And we know a few things:

(1)  We never have enough storage space

(2)  The longer we live in one place, the more we accumulate

(3)  Our own weird furniture  and personal junk is THE BEST!!  And, everyone else surely thinks so, too!

Um, well, some of these statements are true…

So, when we get called to consult for a lived-in home staging, we start with a walk-thru, and end with a room-by-room plan of attack.  We know that in many cases, we are the last call before the property gets listed, so at this point, home owners are not looking to do major renovations (Although, if they are, we can manage those projects, as well).  In many cases, we are called in to fine tune.

We were asked to consult with these Headhouse Square home-owners/sellers,  in order to create the best presentation for showings.  I must say that these guys did an amazing job of decluttering and depersonalizing.  Ironically, the home-owners told me that they had pared down so much before listing, that they had been repeatedly told that the property looked sterile.

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We brought in some generally appealing art and accessories to mix in with the homeowner’s beautiful book collection.  We also packed away a ton of books, and rearranged shelves to create maximum impact for MLS photos and showings. We did similar reworking throughout the house–  Moved art around, added focal points, created storage solutions for the kid’s rooms, and provided a quick pre-showing check-list for the home-owners to follow at a moment’s notice.

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When we consult on this type of project, one thing we really keep focused on is how to make it work for the life-style of the home-owners.  We assisted a Queen Village family with three small children.  They had this fabulous entry parlor with a cool modern fireplace, but because of their busy lifestyle, the space had become a bit of a mud room.  It (a) did not make the phenomenal impact that they wanted potential buyers to feel upon entering the home, and (b) called attention to their need for more closet space.

We provided paint color suggestions for some accent walls throughout the home, a de-cluttering plan, and staging for the newly-fabulous entry parlor!

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(Before and After!)leithgowWe also used a trunk with storage as a coffee table so that the home-owners could stash our breakables away from the kiddies between showings.  Then all they had to do was whip out our pictures to reference, reset, and go!

Next, we run over to a Society Hill condo with amazing views and need for just a little space planning!  These sellers had some really cool furniture, and we removed about half of it!  We flipped the sofa around to open up the space, and to draw the eye to the beautiful skyline.  Just a little more rearranging, decluttering, and primping before photos/video/listing

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Incidentally, two out of the three properties featured above sold in 47 days and 14 days!  The average number of days-on-market for Philadelphia homes in 2013 is 84 days.

If you are having a tough time trying to sell your home while living in it, or if you are getting ready to put your home on the market,

contact us for a consultation.

Our “look” helps homes sell quickly and our process keeps clients coming back time and again.

Contact Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

267.207.9298

akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

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