Selling Your Home Is A Lot Like Speed Dating.. Ding.. Next..

Home Stager with CM Staging Solutions Inc

If you have ever been speed dating or even if you haven't, when you consider how quickly you need to make that first impression, the right strategy can be the difference between whether you connect or you don't. 

Let's consider both...

The Scenarios

The Speed Date:  Ladies sit at a table and every three minutes a bell "dings" and a man comes to meet with the lady in the hopes of making a love connection until the bell "dings" again and he moves on to his next date and the lady meets her next potential suitor. 

The Home Sale:  A buyer agent sets up 4-5 home appointment showings per outing.  They visit each home for approximately 10 - 15 minutes in the hopes of making a connection that will prompt the buyer to want to write an offer.

So what happens in such a short amount of time that makes speed dating and home buying so similar?  Well let's consider what happens with both..


Home Staging Pictures Before Toronto1.  First Impressions Will Make or Break the Deal... 

The Speed Date..  The bell rings and you meet your first suitor..  You check each other out.. do you: 

A.  Like how the other person looks, did you each come dressed and ready to impress?


B  Come to the date with a "come as you are" attitude?  "What you see is what you get."

The Buyer and your home enters your home with their real estate agent. Did you:

A.  Present your home so it is dressed to impressed and show off all it's best features?

Such as:  Did you bring in a professional cleaner and have the carpets, floors, windows, lighting, furniture, cleaned and a fresh coat of paint.. etc so your home is ready for it's speed date with a potential buyer?  Bring in a professional home staging company to bring the right accents and furnishings to show your home in it's best light?


B.  Showed your home in  an "as is" fashion. "What you see is what you get.. This is how we live in our home, if it is good enough for us it is good enough for you..."

You only had a few minutes, so what approach did you take to make every minute count before that date is moved on to the next one or that home buyer moves on to the next house?

If you answered "A":

You've proven that the focussed and serious approach to your love-life and selling homes is the right solution, no one can say you lost money by wasting everyone's time including your own.  Chances are if you set your sights realistically on the prize whether it be dating or selling homes you've had many suitors and sold many homes with few issues.  At the end of the day, your level of success will always depend on whether you are realistic about who you are and what your worth and the same goes for selling your home.  Like the saying goes.. "Put your best foot forward".. Dating as well as selling homes is like a journey and what foot would you rather travel that journey with... a broken down mule or a winning stallion?

If you answered "B":Toronto Home Staging After

I'm afraid your journey will be long and arduous both in your love life and in the sale of your home.  Your inability to consider the fact it takes two to tango is why you are having difficulty getting others to see your side.  If you plan on only dating yourself or appealing to yourself when buying your own home than you have the right approach but if you want to appeal to others then you have to consider the other side of the coin, otherwise you will have to settle with hearing a lot of "dings" and no love connection. 

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Comments (2)

Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Rachel,  Haven't done the speed dating thing but think it is a perfect analogy.  Thanks for a very well written post !

Oct 10, 2012 05:20 AM
Ilyce Glink
Think Glink Media - Chicago, IL
Best-selling author, award-winning TV/radio host.

Rachel- Great analogy! I never thought of connecting speed dating with selling a home but, as you laid out, they really are similar. Thanks for sharing!

Oct 10, 2012 05:30 AM