Julie Andrews

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Education & Training with House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada

Buyers use all of their senses when searching for their new homes.  'Looking' at homes goes way beyond sight.  Appeal to all five of the buyers' senses.  Each sense provides input to the Buyers' perceptions of your home. 

Your home is enhanced by leaving an Ipod, satellite radio or CDs playing.  Pick background music.  You don't want the Buyers to stop to try to remember the tune and the words.  Who cares?  I like almost anything done by the Marsalis family, Ottmar Lieber, Kenny G, or any light classical/ instrumental music. I would stay away from those spa CDs that have rain forest sounds or tropic birds chirping or wind blowing.  Look for something smooth and mellow. 

When selling a home this summer, the owner included his built in music system. (Of course, how could he take it with him?).  At each viewing and for a Sunday Open House, he left the system on for Buyers to hear and see.  It ended up being one of the selling features.  When I do an Open House and know that it is without the central system, I take a radio and find a station of easy listening music.  I leave it on the whole afternoon.  I take my own radio because I am a bit of a techno phobe when it comes to my and other people's equipment.  I never put the television on because it is too distracting.  Buyers will stop and watch a game on the TV without seeing the house. 

Make your sale come alive with the Sound of Music.

Photo credit:  The Sound of Music

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Valerie Zinger
Home Organizer
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada

Leah:  We have one of those little portable radios (I think for emergencies) and I put it in my Open House kit.  It has been used a lot. 

December 16, 2010 10:19 AM
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Judy Klem
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties
Transition Stage LLC

Hi Valerie - Great idea!  Probably best not to play the soundtrack from Burlesque, though. Before you know it, all sorts of people will be "bumping and grinding" their way through your open house - not necessarily a pretty sight...  ;-)

December 16, 2010 11:00 AM
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Valerie Zinger
Home Organizer
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada

Judy:  A little bump and grind may get those houses sold faster - just so they don't have to see my in fish nets ever again.  I might end up seared in their minds and then become a 'tainted;' house.  Oh well, back to the black slacks and jackets.

December 16, 2010 11:59 AM
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT

What a super idea.  You are really full of so many wonderful and creative ideas.

December 16, 2010 07:20 PM
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Valerie Zinger
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Debbie:  Thank you.  Some of these things come from many many years of interest in houses.

December 16, 2010 09:40 PM
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