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Highlights from a Home Stager: The Listing Photo

27 Mar
14

Home Staging, South Philadelphia

 

Hi Everyone!

In our last couple posts, we spoke about staging for vacant properties, as well as staging for occupied homes.  We discussed why staging helps listings sell, and some tips and tricks on how to start staging on your own.  And, we also mentioned some ways that we pro-stagers can help you take things to the next level.

Today, we’re talking about the power of high quality, professional listing photos.  According to Philly’s Mike McCann, The Real Estate Man:

“Professional photos are the first impression one gets when viewing homes. As we all know, first impressions are lasting ones. Nothing is more important in this day and age of the internet than using professional photos to market and represent a property. It will increase the actual activity on the home dramatically, help sell the property and create desire and appeal to the buyers and their friends or family who view it.”   (More from The McCann Team)

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Home Staging, Fairmount

 

The goal for great MLS photos is to act as a preliminary tour of the property.  You want to provide prospective buyers with an understanding of the rooms and their relation to one another.  And, of course, you want to make the property look as good as possible. A professional photographer will produce high quality images.  They will use a lens  that captures a wide angle view of each room, which will provide a clearer understanding of the layout.  They will know how to get the best light and how to get the best angles.

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Home Staging, Point Breeze

 

So, what else do they know that we don’t?  We’ve reached out to our go-to Pro-Real Estate Photographer, Kate Devlin for some insider tips on what we, as stagers, and you, as sellers, can do to prepare for the shoot.  Here’s Kate’s Top 5 Tips:

 

  1.  Stash all the last minute stuff– As part of your staging, you’ve cleared the magnets from the fridge, you’ve streamlined the wall art, you’ve packed away the majority of the knick-knacks.  But, there’s those lingering items that you can’t just pack away just yet.  The good news is that for photos, you can hide those items in your freshly cleaned out closets.  Stash the toothbrushes, shampoos, soaps.  Clear towel hooks and coat racks.  Hide the pj’s under the bed.  Tuck away the kitchen sponge and random counter items.  And, conceal the kids toys, aside from those neatly displayed in a child’s bedroom or playroom.  Kate says that some clients have been known to pile additional clutter at the far end of the yard or even in the car just to get it out of the way for a great photo shoot.

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    Home Staging, Art Museum Area

  2. Lighting- Make sure all light sources have the proper bulbs.  Kate says that a day with light cloud cover is ideal for shooting (as opposed to a super bright sunny day that will produce photos with harsher color contrast), but you just don’t always get that.  Her preference for windows is a clean line window with adjustable blinds but no fabric curtains.

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    Home Staging, Francisville

  3. Consider scale & eliminate anything that isn’t right.  If you know your huge dining set isn’t right for the space, consider purchasing or renting a substitute that will not make the space feel small.  Huge pieces of artwork can also overwhelm a small space.  A space-saver shelving unit can make a small bathroom look even smaller.  And even something that seems as minor as a bath towel on a hand towel ring can throw off scale and confuse perception in a big way.

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    Home Staging, Fairmount

  4. Keep a few props on-hand.  Now that we’ve told you to put all your décor away, it’s a good idea to have a bowl of fruit and a vase with flowers waiting in the wings.  As a stager- I tend to think of décor in terms of low/wide items, and tall items.  So a bowl with fruit and a vase with flowers are great props because they can fill in where needed, they move from room to room easily, and they add just the right about of color in a natural way.  Fruit and flowers also tend to be easy to attain, inexpensive, and style-neutral.

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    Home Staging, Point Breeze

  5. Know what to expect when the photographer arrives.  Kate says that when she shoots, for the most part, she’ll stand at the far corner of the room and her wide lens picks up everything. It’s best if at least 1 floor is completely ready to go when she arrives so that everyone else can go to another floor of the home while she shoots.  Definitely have pets corralled before the photographer arrives, and plan to keep them contained until the shoot is complete.

So, thanks to our readers for hangin’ with us today!  Come back next time to learn a little more about “The Staged Look”.

Thanks to Kate Devlin for her professional advice, and for the use of her lovely photos featured throughout this post and many of our other posts!  If you need a Real Estate Photographer for your listing in Philadelphia or surrounding area, please contact her at photographerkatedevlin@gmail.com

And, Thanks to Mike McCann for his expert insights!  Check out the McCann Team’s website for your home buying and selling needs.

And, of course, when it comes to professional home staging, whether vacant or occupied, contact Ali at Sunflower Creations

akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com or 267.207.9898

…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.

 

 

 

 

Highlights of a Home Stager: Industrial Living

16 Aug

Industrial lofts are being transformed into beautiful apartments all over the city. But not everyone can see the potential in the brick walls of old factories.

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That’s where we come in!

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Bright colors liven up the living space and give the cold brick walls a much homier vibe.

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Bright colors keep the loft feeling young and fresh.

(Click here to see the full property listing)


Check out some more homes we’ve staged!


Thanks so much for looking!

Sunflower Creations is The Philly Home Stager because we are dedicated to:

Providing quick, reliable and professional service

Creating fabulous looking homes at competitive prices

Helping to sell your home quickly and profitably

Making every project our number one priority

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

Vacant Home Staging and Furniture, Art, Accessories Rental

Occupied Home Staging Consultations

Builder’s Services and Finish Selections

Interior Design

and more…

For a free consultation, please contact

Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

267.207.9298

akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

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…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.

 

Highlights of a Home Stager: Nooks and Crannies

19 Jul

 

genMid.6898064_3_1Philly is busting at the seems with industrial lofts turned apartments, but not everyone can see the potential in an unfurnished open space.

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Lofts are filled with unique nooks and crannies. To some they might seem like wasted space, but when staged this nook makes for a perfect sitting area, unlike any you’d find elsewhere.

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An open air loft is a huge selling point, but if it’s undefined it may leave home buyers wondering what use it could serve.

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Giving the loft a defined purpose shows its potential.

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There’s no denying this place has character!


Check out some more homes we’ve staged!


Thanks so much for looking!

Sunflower Creations is The Philly Home Stager because we are dedicated to:

Providing quick, reliable and professional service

Creating fabulous looking homes at competitive prices

Helping to sell your home quickly and profitably

Making every project our number one priority

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

Vacant Home Staging and Furniture, Art, Accessories Rental

Occupied Home Staging Consultations

Builder’s Services and Finish Selections

Interior Design

and more…

For a free consultation, please contact

Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

267.207.9298

akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

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…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.

Highlights of a Home Stager: Lofted Living

7 Jun

Lofts are becoming more and more popular as builders continue to convert historic building into living spaces. Living in a building rich with history has become quite sought after, but can come with many complications.

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A large problem with lofted living spaces is a lack of adequate lighting. When staging lofts we use many table lamps to adjust for the minute overhead lighting.

 

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A flowing layout is important, much like with any other open floor plan.

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Another problem that often arises when turning an industrial loft into a home is the lack of natural lighting. This loft installed a glass window in the guest bedroom to allow natural light from the living room windows to reach it.

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Bright art and light colored bedding distracts from the fact that room does not have exterior windows.

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Many industrial lofts have exposed ducts, which add interest, but can also get in the way when designing. Staging these areas shows prospective buyers that the ducts don’t have to limit their furniture layout or design.

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The loft’s master bedroom has the same problem of a lack of exterior windows. To allow natural light into the room the architects decided to refrain from adding a door to the bedroom. We once again used light colored bedding to create a brighter atmosphere.


(Click here to see the full property listing)


Check out some more homes we’ve staged!


Thanks so much for looking!

Sunflower Creations is The Philly Home Stager because we are dedicated to:

Providing quick, reliable and professional service

Creating fabulous looking homes at competitive prices

Helping to sell your home quickly and profitably

Making every project our number one priority

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

Vacant Home Staging and Furniture, Art, Accessories Rental

Occupied Home Staging Consultations

Builder’s Services and Finish Selections

Interior Design

and more…

For a free consultation, please contact

Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

267.207.9298

akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

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…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.

Highlights of a Home Stager: Functional Design in Small Living Spaces

24 May

City living comes with some great advantages, but with many disadvantages as well. One of the largest complaints of city living is the lack of living space. Part of our job is to comfortably create two living spaces within one.

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This living space needs to have a duel purpose, both a comfortable and inviting living room, and a designated dining area. Using a glass dining table creates the much needed dining area without taking up visual space. A creative solution to a small space problem.

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The home’s design made the most of the small living space. An added counter creates more dining area great for morning coffee or entertaining guests.

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Creating duel function living spaces means more room for the bedroom. This spacious bedroom is a bright retreat in a condensed city apartment.


Check out some more homes we’ve staged!


Thanks so much for looking!

Sunflower Creations is The Philly Home Stager because we are dedicated to:

Providing quick, reliable and professional service

Creating fabulous looking homes at competitive prices

Helping to sell your home quickly and profitably

Making every project our number one priority

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

Vacant Home Staging and Furniture, Art, Accessories Rental

Occupied Home Staging Consultations

Builder’s Services and Finish Selections

Interior Design

and more…

For a free consultation, please contact

Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

267.207.9298

akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

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…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.

Highlights of a Home Stager: Luxury Staging in Rittenhouse Square

10 May

This luxury staging was deigned with modern, sleek designs in mind. A uniquely shaped sectional adds more interest in the large open living space. Many new luxury homes have large windows to let in as much natural light as possible. However, this tends to make future home owners weary about furniture layout. Bringing the sectional forward creates space between the window and the room, keeping the airy feel.

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A wide living space requires multiple seating areas. Keeping the furniture style and colors consistent is essential to creating a cohesive style throughout a large room.

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The dining room and kitchen were designed with many modern fixtures and finishes. In order to keep the staging consistent with the home’s style we used a combination of furniture with wood finishes and white sleek materials.

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The spacious master bedroom was also designed with a large picture window. Strategically placing a settee  angled in front of the window makes it seem less overwhelming.

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The guest bedroom is bright and airy. A slight and consistent pop of color adds interest, while keeping the design neutral.

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A bonus family room continues the modern style with sleek wooden furniture and a modern sofa in a neutral color scheme.

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Check out some more homes we’ve staged!


Thanks so much for looking!

Sunflower Creations is The Philly Home Stager because we are dedicated to:

Providing quick, reliable and professional service

Creating fabulous looking homes at competitive prices

Helping to sell your home quickly and profitably

Making every project our number one priority

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

Vacant Home Staging and Furniture, Art, Accessories Rental

Occupied Home Staging Consultations

Builder’s Services and Finish Selections

Interior Design

and more…

For a free consultation, please contact

Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

267.207.9298

akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

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…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.

Highlights of a Home Stager: Making small spaces work!

26 Apr

Having a small space doesn’t have to be detrimental to selling a home. The key is to not overload the space, making it seem smaller than it is. -

Extra seating is a common request, but too much seating would make this living room seem small and closed off. Leaving a wide opening to the kitchen created visual space, and makes the living room appear larger.

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Having a designated dining area is a huge seller in a small home. By using a high top bar table we raised the dining away from the floor creating the illusion of more space.

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The bedroom did not have a lack of space issue, so we used bright and bold colors to make it pop, creating a lasting impression.


Check out some more homes we’ve staged!


Thanks so much for looking!

Sunflower Creations is The Philly Home Stager because we are dedicated to:

Providing quick, reliable and professional service

Creating fabulous looking homes at competitive prices

Helping to sell your home quickly and profitably

Making every project our number one priority

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

Vacant Home Staging and Furniture, Art, Accessories Rental

Occupied Home Staging Consultations

Builder’s Services and Finish Selections

Interior Design

and more…

For a free consultation, please contact

Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

267.207.9298

akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

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…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.

Highlights of a Home Stager: Row Home with view of Art Museum

10 Aug

This four bedroom row home, just blocks away from the art museum, has the classic charm that Philly has to offer. The home is deeper than most on the block, so we wanted to do our best to showcase all the extra room it has to offer.

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The neutral tones in this design help showcase the gas fireplace as the focal point of the room, while the layout shows off the large space by providing plenty of sitting room.

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While the added depth of the home is a bonus, the nature of a row home makes for a long passage way between rooms.

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We helped the transition along with a sitting area between the kitchen and dining room to help prospective buyers imagine a use for the extra long space.

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The master bedroom has been designed with neutral, calming tones and simple accents.

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We took the sage green walls into account while designing the guest room, keeping a cool color scheme with mostly greens and blues as our accents.


(Click Here to see full property listing)



Check out some more homes we’ve staged!



Thanks so much for looking!

Sunflower Creations is The Philly Home Stager because we are dedicated to:

  • Providing quick, reliable and professional service
  • Creating fabulous looking homes at competitive prices
  • Helping to sell your home quickly and profitably
  • Making every project our number one priority

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

  • Vacant Home Staging and Furniture, Art, Accessories Rental
  • Occupied Home Staging Consultations
  • Builder’s Services and Finish Selections
  • Interior Design

and more…

For a free consultation, please contact

Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

267.207.9298

akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

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…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.

Highlights from a Home Stager: 127 year old Chestnut Hill Victorian

3 Aug

This Victorian is an architectural masterpiece from the late 19th century. We’ve done our best to create an subdued design, and to keep the architectural elements as the focus of the home.

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The entryway of the home gives the buyer their first impression, and that staircase makes quite the impression! We complimented it’s design with some light and airy furniture to create a welcoming feel.

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In the living room the eye is drawn immediately to the fireplace and its beautiful mantle. We pulled from the blue tile for our design and used a layout that would not impede potentials buyers view of the focal point.

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Grays and whites work well with the dark tones of the hard wood flooring and create a classic look.

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We lightly accessorized the newly renovated kitchen with pops of green, which give it a fresh lively feeling.

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The master bedroom keeps it light and airy with wire furniture and light grays and blues.


(Click Here) to see full property listing


Check out some more homes we’ve staged!


Thanks so much for looking!

Sunflower Creations is The Philly Home Stager because we are dedicated to:

  • Providing quick, reliable and professional service
  • Creating fabulous looking homes at competitive prices
  • Helping to sell your home quickly and profitably
  • Making every project our number one priority

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

  • Vacant Home Staging and Furniture, Art, Accessories Rental
  • Occupied Home Staging Consultations
  • Builder’s Services and Finish Selections
  • Interior Design

and more…

For a free consultation, please contact

Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

267.207.9298

akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

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…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.

Highlights from a Home Stager: 3 Story Row Home in Bella Vista

26 Jul

We recently staged this beautiful row home in Bella Vista, which offers a ton of natural sunlight and plenty of exposed brick! The backyard and private parking spot will be a major selling point for this home, so we wanted to make sure the interior would excite potential buyers even more.

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The charming backyard with private parking is sure to inspire.

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The light wood floors made for a great platform for a neutral living room with pops of navy and green.



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Open layouts are a great way to entertain, but it can be hard to picture room divisions in a large empty space. We created distinctions between the living and dining room to help prospective buyers picture their own layouts.

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We designed a simple kitchen decor, so as to not take away from the exposed brick accent wall.

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An oversized landing can be daunting to prospective buyers. This small office set up gives you an idea of the potential!

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Light colors with contrasting accents showcase this home’s excess natural light- a home buyer’s dream.


(Click here to see full property listing)


Check out some more homes we’ve staged!


Thanks so much for looking!

Sunflower Creations is The Philly Home Stager because we are dedicated to:

  • Providing quick, reliable and professional service
  • Creating fabulous looking homes at competitive prices
  • Helping to sell your home quickly and profitably
  • Making every project our number one priority

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

  • Vacant Home Staging and Furniture, Art, Accessories Rental
  • Occupied Home Staging Consultations
  • Builder’s Services and Finish Selections
  • Interior Design

and more…

For a free consultation, please contact

Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

267.207.9298

akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

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…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.