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Selling Your Home Is A Lot Like Selling Your Car

I have often thought of this parallel that selling a home is akin to selling a car. You shine it up. You remove the trash. You spiff up this and that. You clean it up. You just don't slap it on the market. You give it a good detail job and run it through inspection. Sound familiar?

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Whether you decide to place an ad to sell your car or trade it in with a dealer I am certain you will make every effort to have it look its' best - I know we do.

That same strategy should apply to the sale of your home.  Its' appearance is only one of many factors that influence a purchaser's decision.  When you enhance your home's appearance you increase your home's marketability.

Now that homes are offered for sale on the internet with many interior photos its' appearance becomes a major consideration at the outset.  If it doesn't have its' "best foot forward" a prospect may not include it in the group to visit.

The internet has given birth to a new real estate marketing industry - home staging professionals.

A home stager will tour your home and make recommendations that can be as simple rearranging or differing levels of expense to accomplish the result.  The photos below were provided by The Staging Fashonista and highlight the benefit of simple rearranging and the addition of a few complementary items.

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My Action Plan to sell your home includes the consultation services of a home stager.


As soon as we have a signed listing agreement for me to market your home I wll arrange for Mannie Tantawy, owner of

The Staging Fashionista

to tour your home with you and provide 1.5 hours of her broad staging experience.   A visit to her website will convince you that you will benefit from her recommendations.  


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Comment balloon 7 commentsCheryl Ritchie • June 29 2013 04:02PM


Oh, not me, I sell my cars looking just like they look old and tired.  You get money for them based on age and miles and not clutter.  Houses are different.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 7 years ago
Hi Cheryl, Good reblog. There is a good parallel between the car and home. If you look at the normal way people care for their cars , it is usually a pretty good indication of the way they keep their homes,
Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) almost 7 years ago

Cheryl  Thank you for the reblog - the post was well received

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) almost 7 years ago

How much do you want for the car?

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) almost 7 years ago

If I needed a car, I'd be on the case!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 7 years ago

Btw, I hope your points score goes way up! You're doing well! :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 7 years ago

Good morning Cheryl. Margaret said you were close to your goal. I hope you reach it: pretty sure you will. I also like this re-blog.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 7 years ago