Tag Archives: South Philadelphia Real Estate

Highlights from a Home Stager: Thoughful Design in Passyunk Square

23 Jan

Here’s a sweet spot in South Philly.  East Passyunk is such a phenomenal neighborhood if you are into eating, shopping, leaving your house:)…  And this home would be phenomenal even if you didn’t feel like going anywhere!  It’s compact, but functional- and our client did a great job of opening up the space through his selection of finishes:

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There’s tons of exposed brick that carries through to the 2nd floor.

 

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Of course, the open floorplan makes the space feel airy.  So does the bright white on the walls.  Also, the high-hung light fixture keeps things fluid.

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White kitchen cabinets pop, and open shelving keeps a smaller space from feeling confining.

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Just enough brick to make it interesting, but the white walls open up the room.  

 

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And, a sliding barn door (see it in the background?) is a very stylin’ way to save space.

 

 

Thanks for looking!

Click here to see the full property listing.

Click here to see more staged South Philly row homes.

If you are preparing to list, or if you have clients who are preparing to list, lets discuss! For vacant home staging, a consult 2-3 week’s prior to intended completion date is ideal. And in the case of occupied home staging, the more time we have prior to listing, the more we can help you perfect your product.

Contact Ali at akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com or 267.207.9898 to get that ball rolling. Or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home.

…Home Staging in 19128, 19127, 19119, 19118, 19130, 19121, 19123, 19125, 19134, 19103, 19102, 19104, 19106, 19107, 19146, 19147, 19139, 19143, 19145, 19148, 19004, 19003, 19035, and all Philadelphia and Surrounding Suburbs.

 

 

Happy New Year! from Sunflower Creations, Philadelphia’s Home Stagers

5 Jan

Well, we certainly hope you all had an excellent holiday season!

The Sunflower Creations crew had a nice refreshing week off, and we’re Super excited for a busy kick-off to 2015.

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In 2014, we helped nearly 200 realtors, real estate developers, home owners and rehabbers get their properties sold, at listing prices ranging from $150,000- $Million+.

We staged new construction, rehabbed properties, and lived in homes all over the city of Philadelphia, Main Line and Montgomery County suburbs.  We also expanded our geographic range to include Bucks County and even New Jersey.

In addition to home staging, we’ve also had the pleasure of working on some fabulous interior design projects, and preparing finish selections for our builder clients.

And, we are happy to have a new member on our design team!

This year, we look forward to providing outstanding customer service for all our clients.  This means:

  • Fast and friendly service
  • Fabulous stagings at fair & competetive prices
  • Making every project our number one priority

Here’s a few of our December 2014 favorites:

Point Breeze Home Staging (under contract in less than 30 days from staging)

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Point Breeze Home Staging

(Courtesy of The McCann Team, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)

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Fairmount/Spring Garden Condo Staging

(Courtesy of Julie Welker, Coldwell Banker- Welker Real Estate)

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Bella Vista Home Interior Design and Home Staging

(Courtesy of Mike McCann, The McCann Team, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)

(We also chose all the finishes for this property–paint color, tile, granite, backsplash, lighting selections, etc)

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Fairmount Home Staging

(Courtesy of Chris Ryan, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)blog44(above, Living Room/Dining Area- below, kitchen, *bonus* oversized mud room, master, office, 2nd bedroom)

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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…

…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

Pennsport Home Staging by Sunflower Creations

10 Apr

durfor1This staging is a flip renovation of a South Philadelphia row home.

Our main goal was to show how to maximize the small space.

We kept it cozy and cheerful- a little whimsy and nothing too serious for our friends at the McCann team!

durfor2 durfor3 durfor5 durfor4Click here to view the full property listing.

Thanks for looking!

…Whether ultra-modern new construction, a charming rehab, or a traditional redesign–We understand the subtle differences.

 

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

 

If you need help with home staging or interior design services, please contact us:

 

Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

 

267.207.9298

 

akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

 

or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

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A Well-Loved Home in Bella Vista- Staging by Sunflower Creations

1 Apr

27_6349838_5_1394575135_636x435While this house has been updated with a sale in mind,it comes with a lot of personal style throughout.  We see this a lot in Bella Vista because many of the homes for sale have been lived in by the seller.  I say this in contrast to many of the stagings we do in other areas, where the majority of the homes are rehabbed by developers with a quick sale in mind.

While many of these types of “flip” renovations are beautifully finished as well, you will not see:  A Variety of unexpected paint colors, surprising coral glass tile bathroom, marble fireplace…

We love these features, but from a staging perspective, these are things we want to neutralize.

Remember our goal- attract the greatest number of potential buyers.

Here’s our favorite photos:

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(Master Suite)

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To see the full property listing, click here.

Thanks for looking!

…Whether ultra-modern new construction, a charming rehab, or a traditional redesign–We understand the subtle differences.

 

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

 

If you need help with home staging or interior design services, please contact us:

 

Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

 

267.207.9298

 

akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

 

or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

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Bella Vista Home Staging by Sunflower Creations

14 Mar

62…LOVED staging this bright, open bi-level condo in the Bella Vista neighborhood of South Philly…

We got to play around with some modern and modular design, and use some of our furniture faves.

To emphasize the great light and amount of space, we went sleek and clean, with a little bit of fun tossed in!

61 64  We staged the living room, dining room, kitchen, office, and master bedroom.

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Thanks so much for looking!

 

…Whether ultra-modern new construction, a charming rehab, or a traditional redesign–We understand the subtle differences.

 

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

 

If you need help with home staging or interior design services, please contact us:

 

Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

 

267.207.9298

 

akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

 

or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

 

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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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