Even When I Pick Peaches, I'm Thinking Home Staging

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Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

Today was perfect!  The sun was shining, there was a refreshing breeze...perfect day to go pick peaches.  There is nothing like the taste of a just picked, juicy peach on a beautiful summer day in New England.

Sharon's pick'n peaches

Of course, my "stager" mind came up with an analogy while I was enjoying my adventure amongst the  fruit trees.   

The trees are so full and there are so many to choose from.

I was very selective on my quest for the perfect peach. 

Each one was closely inspected before being plucked from the branch. 

 

 Just like the real estate market, I thought...buyers have choices. 

Price being equal, the determining factor would be appearance and condition. 


Perfect peach

Peaches with imperfections are not as visually and emotionally appealing to buyers.   I watched as others searched for the "perfect" peaches, the ones with the best color.

All around me I heard comments like "look at this one" and "what a beauty" and "I found some nice ones over here."

Beautiful peaches

 

 

People are naturally drawn to attractive and visually appealing products. 

In today's market with so many houses to choose from in their price range, buyers will pick the house that feels like home to them.

Buyers don't want the house with imperfections, they want the move-in ready, visually appealing house.

 

Ok, home staging analogy over... how about some info on where I went for this wonderful experience!

Cider Hill Farm Entrance SignView of orchards

Cider Hill Farm is located in Amesbury, Massachusetts.  It is our favorite farm to visit to pick peaches in the summer and apples in the fall.  

WARNING:  They make fresh apple cider donuts there each day...warm and sugary!

 The best cider donuts

Friendly Goat

 

 

In addition to all the fruit picking and donut eating,  there is fresh cider, corn on the cob,

a country store with all kinds of goodies, including fresh baked pies, and all the usual fresh veggies.

They sell their own honey.

 

 

They have really cute tire swings that look like horses... 

 

horse shaped tire swing

In the fall... potted mums and pumpkins galore! 

Aunt Eleanor loves the donuts!Did I mention the donuts?

 

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Debi Ernst
St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors - O'Fallon, MO
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Sharon - That sounds like a wonderful day.  Those donuts are making me hungry...  :)

Aug 31, 2008 03:43 PM #9
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Elaine Manes Gage
Home Staging Online Services - Denver, CO
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Hmmmm...peaches and donuts. I know! I'll make peach fritters! Darn you, Sharon, I was doing so well on my diet! Cute post! Makes me miss New England!

Aug 31, 2008 06:06 PM #10
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Cynthia Bartch
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Hi Sharon, you've got the best pictures in your blogs! Look how cute you look in your hat enjoying the day on the farm. I love your peach pickin', house buyin' stager analogy. You are right on the money with that one.

I'm right there w/ your Aunt Eleanor, if I had one of those fresh apple cider donuts right now, I would be enjoying it with my morning tea.

 Ahhh........  thanks also for the stroll down memory lane. My grandparents had quite a large farm when I was growing up and there were apple orchards, peach orchards, corn fields, and tomato, bean & squash patches. You get the idea. So much fresh produce it was heaven for me being a vegetarian!!!

Thanks for sharing!

Sep 01, 2008 12:27 AM #11
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Fernando:  Ok, the donuts are tempting enough, but streudel...OMG!!  That sounds like heaven.  I've never made streudel, do you have a recipe?

Sara  I love New England in the Fall, my favorite time of year.  The crisp air, the cool mornings and hot afternoons, the colorful trees.  It's the best.

Leah  We are visually driven for sure!  Food is something we can all relate to.  How's this for coincidence...the security graphic for this comment is "cinnamon"

 

Sep 01, 2008 12:57 AM #12
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Jim and Maria  It is a great family outing.  A wonderful way to have quality time with the kids.  My husband and I think it is really nice to be there without kids, too! 

Debi  I've had cider donuts from many other local farms and they just don't compare.  I don't know what this place does different but they really are the best around here.

 

Sep 01, 2008 01:03 AM #13
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Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
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Our local farm makes those sinful cider donuts - and their corn maze opens next weekend - can't wait!  Julie

Sep 01, 2008 03:17 AM #14
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Debi Ernst
St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors - O'Fallon, MO
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Sharon - You know, I don't think I've ever had cider donuts, or heard of them for that matter...  But they sound really good!  :)

Sep 01, 2008 03:35 AM #15
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Christina Williams. REALTOR® TN property search & local insights
First Realty Company - Crossville, TN

Now I have to go buy some peaches, maybe some pumpkins and advise mt sellers of the advantage of home staging.

Sep 01, 2008 08:36 PM #16
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Elaine  I've never had peach fritters, care to share a recipe?  Sorry about the diet, I'm sure you won't fall that far off of it.  With your busy schedule, aren't you burning enough calories not to have to diet?  Did you live in New England?

Sep 02, 2008 02:28 AM #17
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Cynthia  Thank you so much.  Your comments always make my day!  What a wonderful childhood you must have had out on the farm!  This is the best time of year for vegetarians!

Julie  The donuts are sinful, but the season is short so we really don't have that many.    I love corn mazes!  My family, usually about 10-15 of us, has a yearly tradition started three years ago of visiting a giant corn maze.  We have set this years date for 9/28 and I can't wait. 

Sep 02, 2008 02:34 AM #18
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Debi  They are similar to plain donuts, but have a wonderful apple cinnamon flavor.  They are deep fried and rolled in sugar.  It's really awesome when you get them still warm.

Sep 02, 2008 02:43 AM #19
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Christina  If this post is responsible for just one realtor talking about staging with their clients,  then I've done a good thing.  Thanks for the comment!

Sep 02, 2008 02:52 AM #20
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Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
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Sharon...that was a great analogy! And your pictures were tantalizing...do you know of a peach orchard closer to me? The ones in the store have been tasteless!!

Sep 02, 2008 07:57 AM #21
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Joan  Check the list on this website  and maybe you will get lucky.  I noticed at least one place was located in Concord.  Don't wait too long, the season is short.  Good luck, there is nothing like fresh picked!

Sep 02, 2008 08:40 AM #22
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Elaine Manes Gage
Home Staging Online Services - Denver, CO
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Sharon- When I lived in Kansas City, there was an apple farm that had a restaurant, and the fruit fritters were delicious! I just bet I still have that recipe around and would love to share it with you. I was born in Orange County, NY, but lived in CT for 4 years as a child. Even after we moved to NJ, we camped every summer and New England was my mom's choice, because she didn't like hot weather. Franconia Notch was one of our favorite parks.

LOVE your hats, too!

Sep 02, 2008 12:50 PM #23
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Elaine  If you ever find that recipe, please share!  Franconia Notch is beautiful!  I enjoy wearing hats, thanks for appreciating them.

Sep 03, 2008 12:06 PM #24
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Patricia Kennedy
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Sharon, I just tripped on this post, and I love the metaphor!  Oh, and the peaches look just amazing - like the ones in my staged fridge!

Sep 07, 2008 12:56 PM #25
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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Patricia  Thank you for the comment.  The peaches are amazing.  We went back again this weekend and got more.  And of course, we had another donut!

Sep 08, 2008 04:44 AM #26
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I have never been to New England, and it's on my list of thigs to do before I die.  After reading your post I think it has just move up a few pages!  The peach farm looks like a wonderful way to spend a day.

Sep 16, 2008 06:15 PM #27
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Sharon Tara
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Janna  Thank you so much for your comment.  I'm glad my post made a positive impression of my wonderful area.  I visited your blog and have subscribed.  I love your moose pictures!  I look forward to reading your future posts!  Thanks again.

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