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What Does a Cantaloupe Have To Do With Selling Real Estate?

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Something to considering when preapring your home for sale


Wow, I just came across this fabulous tip from home stager Karen Otto in Dallas, TX. Her advice to home sellers is to pack up items in their home that's smaller than a cantaloupe. Read her blog below for the full scoop.

I appreciate how she mentions it also makes for better photographs. I usually advise home sellers once they think they have everything de-cluttered, take a photo with their digital camera/phone to see what else can be changed. Even as I look around my own home, I don't see much of anything that's smaller than a cantaloupe that I couldn't do without for 30 - 60 days or so. Thanks Karen Otto for the great tip!ed

What does a cantaloupe have to do with selling real estate?

A lot if you ask me.  Cantaloupe

One of my favorite tips to share with my clients when giving them information during a home staging consultation and explaining what to pack when preparing their home for sale is to

Pack up anything smaller than a cantaloupe. 

This reference for scale also helps eliminate any awkward or involved conversations that may ensue about said items smaller than this lovely fruit. It has nothing to do with me not "liking" the item(s) but

it has everything to do with taking better MLS photos and removing the visual clutter

which very well may be covering up or overshadowing the parts of the home you are actually SELLING!

The cantaloupe is an easy to remember for scale visual that helps clients understand what needs to be packed without repeating in every room "pack the" (you fill in the blank & this includes small framed art or photos, examples below);

  • Spoon collection
  • Hummel, Precious Moments or other like collectibles
  • Paper weights
  • Turtle, pig, cow or other small fake animals that may roam the house collection (in my house it's the pigs)
  • The list could go on and on

Now some collections and items are contained in large curio cabinets or wall shelving units that may work for the collection. It is still a common recommendation to pack up

Fox 4 Good Day Dallas Studios

those types of items (including the curio cabinet) however if a client refuses, it's best to suggest that the entire collection be contained in one location as a group and to pack up any access outliers if there are a random smattering around. (You can't win all battles). 

I even shared this tip on FOX 4 Good Day Dallas! when I was asked to come in to do a segment on home staging. It's that good! (can you find it?)

So if you need an easy way to help a home seller remember a visual to help them pack before photos and showings, feel free to blame use the sweet cantaloupe as a point of reference.








(Cantaloupe image from Brazilian Melon.com)



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Comment balloon 3 commentsCarla Freund • July 28 2013 09:14AM


Great analogy Carla... I like it!

Posted by P.J. Virgilio Jr., Realtor 408-568-6578 Selling homes in the Greater San Jose area and South through San Martin, Gilroy, San Juan Bautista and Hollister as well! (Keller Williams Realty Silicon Valley) about 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing, Carla. This tip will be easy to remember.

Posted by Elva Branson-Lee, CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent (Solid Source Realty GA) about 5 years ago

Patrick & Elva, You're welcome! I thought it would be helpful as well!

Posted by Carla Freund, Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489 (Keller Williams Preferred Realty) about 5 years ago

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