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Sep 14, 2006

Staging tips for house selling

1. Try looking at your house “THROUGH THE BUYER’S EYES”
2. Paint all rooms needing paint, and throw Timothy hay around where needed
3. Create curb appeal by placing large slices of apple on the driveway
4. Place Guinea pigs in the north east corner of every room


Mark L., Let the offers roll in.

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At last!

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 02:54 PM

The cute has returned!

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 02:55 PM

I'll take it!

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 02:55 PM

I love how the pig and the vase echo each other's shape and coloring! So prosh and stylish.

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 02:56 PM

Pig shui.

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 02:58 PM

Now, is this the product of someone who got a degree in interior design with a minor in animal husbandry?

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 02:59 PM


I'd surely buy a house that had good pig-shui. Maybe not all that hay, though. Ever see that episode of Trading Spaces? What was Hilde THINKING???!!

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 02:59 PM

Oh and I forgot to say: pink nose. Pink piggie piggie nose.

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 03:00 PM

We're hoping to move sometimes soon. We don't have a driveway, but I'll have to remember about the Timothy hay and the guinea pigs. Which corner is it again? North east?

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 03:00 PM

SarahR - love your "Pig shui"! :D I'm taking it...

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 03:01 PM

D'oh! Sorry SarahR, great minds think alike! Didn't mean to steal your idea without knowing I was stealing it! (I first typed Ham-shui, but didn't feel like enduring the "accurate police".)

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 03:04 PM

Oh, I saw that ep. Hildebeast was thinking what she always thinks: I'm making art! With a capital A! She forgets people have to live there and it has to be functional.

And wasn't there one place where she left them with an abstract-y portrait of HER?!

I wish Vern hadn't left.

Also, the pig is great -- love the "what? what?" expression.

warrior rabbit
 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 03:05 PM

I would so buy that house in a sec! I can already hear the squeaking in my head...wait, that's always there...


 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 03:13 PM

warrior rabbit, the "what?" expression is one of a guinea pig's defining features.

Once, I was trying to come up with potential names for a friend's guinea pig, and since I often like naming things after fictional characters, I looked at the pig to see what features she had that I could choose a character based on. Unfortunately, her only distinct feature was an expression that said "Huh?" So I thought... Arthur Dent! However, this being a female piggie, that wouldn't do, so I suggested Fenchurch instead. (She went with Hen Wen, though.)

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 03:14 PM

OMG OMG O M G!!!!! he looks just like my And-ee-roo Cappers! i just want to kiss them little velvety lips!

*jealous of crazy people* C&
 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 03:14 PM

i should try that pig-shui.
i would lurve to have piggies all over the house!

*jealous of crazy people* C&
 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 03:16 PM

A haiku:

Piggy questioning:
"What? What? Do I get a treat?"
Oh my, squeeks of joy.

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 03:20 PM

I love how his little ears are pointing in different directions.

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 03:20 PM

Peeeeeeeg! I lub him!

Awww, great Haiku, Alexis! My pigs appreciate that! :)

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 03:22 PM

When yer whiskers overlap yer front feet.....you're cute!

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 03:25 PM

I saw that trading spaces episode! Too funny.. I also liked the sandy basement... I never catch that show now.... both of those episodes could have benefited from some piggies though. :P

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 03:33 PM

2. Paint all rooms needing paint, and throw Timothy hay around where needed
3. Create curb appeal by placing large slices of apple on the driveway
4. Place Guinea pigs in the north east corner of every room

I'm sure I read about these in a book about the ancient Chinese art of F'honk Shu'i

Tony James
 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 03:47 PM

I wonder if the piggums is considering nibbling on that tasty plant.

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 03:50 PM

Brak S sez,
"I wonder if the piggums is considering nibbling on that tasty plant."

but it has! when Mistress Meg first posted the picture, the plant had four leaves.

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 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 03:56 PM


 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 04:06 PM

BEF: 'Buyer's Eyes' Factor?

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 04:15 PM

Eep! If only they DID stage houses that way!

I've had a number of friends try to sell their respective houses byt working with "good friends" advising them in staging. They usually kill all character in the house and get totally stressed. Now if all these bad stagers would just use furry animals...

R. Moore
 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 04:21 PM

If you stare at Piggy hard enough you can see him chewing. :)

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 04:29 PM

I'm making my counter offer right now but it must include the piggie.

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 04:30 PM

This is one case where I really do want a more!gage.

warrior rabbit
 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 04:46 PM

"Now how long do I have to sit here? What do you mean that the contract with the realtor is for SIX MONTHS?!?"

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 04:58 PM

So handsome! Does anyone have a clip of the video with the singing guinea pigs? I remember them saying something about Timothy hay in the song.

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 05:23 PM

Darn you Jaypo! ;) will up my offer to include pudding cups....

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 05:33 PM

Wheeks of approval!

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 06:09 PM

Awwww, that wittle guy reminds me of my childhood guinea pig, Hamlet (well, we always called him Piggy, but I thought I was SO clever to name him Hamlet.) And you know, he did always prefer the northeast corner of his cage.

I would definitely buy a house with a cavy in every cranny.

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 06:16 PM

Is it just me, or does looking at a guinea pig face face-on like this make anyone else LOL?

The startled, silly, piggy face! Too much.

A thinker
 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 06:29 PM

Mr. Realtor, I hate to be piggish, but do you have any homes with a pig shui in every corner? Overly prosh!

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 06:34 PM

I agree, Thinkie. The entire composition/simiplicity of the photo is simply too much of a muchness.

Besides, who needs Century 21, when you can get Cavey 21?

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 06:35 PM

The big round cheeks, the ittybitty mouth and the close-set eyes are just too loveable!

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 06:45 PM

You all should check out little Nana on Baruchito. She's going crazy these days!


 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 07:16 PM

A lovely excercise in minimalism. Veri Wabi-Sabi (or is that Wabi-Cavy?):

"Wabi-sabi is the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.

It is the beauty of things modest and humble.

It is the beauty of things unconventional."

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 08:52 PM

I'll buy ANY house that comes with a piggy.


 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 10:40 PM

wait, there's something missing... where are his legs??? :p

 |  Sep 14, 2006 at 11:41 PM

I was at work one day going about my business when I looked over and saw a mouse sitting there with the exact same look on his face. It didn't move or run, just stared at me. I slowly backed away, never taking my eyes away from his, and screamed my head off. The boss came running over to see what happened. He grabbed the broom and started swatting it. I was shaking and crying and screaming "Don't kill it! Just get him outta here!" The funny part was that my boss didn't speak English so I had to get his wife to explain to him before he killed it. I had the whole place in an uproar. Trying to explain the look on the mouse's face was impossible so I should print a picture of this guy!

 |  Sep 15, 2006 at 04:27 AM

I think this should be a C.O. poster, I would buy it and frame it, because it's a beautiful composition of shape and colour. PS I will also pay twice what the house is worth.....

 |  Sep 15, 2006 at 05:10 AM

Piggees!!! Wheeks and tribbling sounds...

Kris, in New England
 |  Sep 15, 2006 at 05:35 AM

Ah, now I understand why we're having trouble selling mom's house! All we did was paint. I'll run to the store for some guinea pigs, hay and apples this weekend!

 |  Sep 15, 2006 at 07:48 AM

That would make for an awesome still life.

The Guy Over There
 |  Sep 15, 2006 at 08:16 AM

*gasp* wheek wheek wheek wheek!!!!!

*dancing around* I get to go home and see my guinea piggles today! And my wiggly adorable Schnauzer! And my aloof antisocial but poofy kitteeeeh who never lets me pet her!

 |  Sep 15, 2006 at 08:17 AM

I wanna be a big pig too! HEY!

Pigs rule. Memorial shout-out to Shelby Longfoot.

 |  Sep 15, 2006 at 10:17 AM

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