Wednesday, July 11, 2012

What Does a Car Wash Have to Do With Real Estate?

Last Sunday at my church, Trinity Church of Greenwich, I arrived to find that the high schoolers were holding a car wash to raise money for their upcoming houseboats trip.  Your car would be cleaned while you were in church.  Since multi-tasking is pretty much my middle name, this was hugely appealing.

I don't know about you, but I have to admit I don't always participate in these kind of car washes.  I've had a few too many experiences of driving away with more than my fair share of soapy streaks sporting my vehicle.  

But , being a realtor, the most angst-filled part of my job is making sure that my car is clean at all times.  Not the inside, mind you.  A canvas bag can be found in the backseat most days that holds any of the materials or random items that I need for the day.  My challenge is on the outside.  No matter where I park-- and I actually think about it-- trying to avoid dust storms, trees that "shed", or crowds of birds, it's tough to keep a dark blue car sparkling for more than a couple of days.



So, whenever possible, I brake for car washes.

I was not disappointed on Sunday.  The high schoolers did a fantastic job and I came out of church just as this group of kids in  the photo above were finishing up the wheels.  Yup, they even did my wheels!

What does a car wash have to do with real estate? Simply this.  Whether it's a car or a house that you have on the market, the condition of it matters.  Whether it's clean countertops, organized closets, or a sparkling car, an impression is created.  And as my mother always said, you don't have two chances to create a first impression.

P.S.  Speaking of dirty cars, have you ever seen Scott Wade's dirty car art?  www.dirtycarart.com   He turns dirty car windows into works of art.


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