Merchandising | Lynne Thompson, REALTOR | Real Living Real Estate


Tips for Homeowners

When I list your home, we will analyze it together.
Meanwhile, here are some tips for you to think about.


  • Remove all unnecessary objects throughout the house, including from the kitchen countertops. Clear refrigerator fronts of messages, pictures, etc. (A sparse kitchen helps the buyer mentally move their own things into your kitchen.)
  • In the bathroom, remove unnecessary items from countertops, tubs, shower stalls and commode tops. Keep out only your most needed cosmetics, brushes, perfumes, etc.
  • Rearrange or remove some furniture if possible. Owners frequently have too much furniture in a room; you need to thin out as much as possible to help your house show its best.
  • Remove or rearrange pictures or objects on walls. Patch and paint if necessary. Examine the house room by room, and paint as necessary, clean carpets, drapes and windows.
  • Make sure the closets and garage are not “too full”. Rent a storage unit if necessary.
  • Leave specific lights on during the day. (I’ll show you which ones.) During “showings” turn on all lights and lamps.




  • Move garbage cans, discarded wood scraps, extra building material, etc., into the garage or basement
  • Check gutters and make sure they are swept and cleaned. Inspect plants…prune bushes and trees. Keep plants from blocking windows.
  • Weed and bark mulch all planting areas. Keep lawn freshly cut and fertilized.
  • Remove dead plants or shrubs.
  • Clear patios or decks of all small items such as small planters, flower pots, charcoal, barbecues, toys, etc. (Put them in the garage.)
  • Check paint condition – especially on the front door and trim, curb appeal really works!



Try to look at your house through the buyer’s eyes as though you’ve never seen it before. Any time or money spent on these items will bring you back more money and hopefully a faster sale. We are making money for you!


Working together, we make a great team!

Preparing for an Open House

Buyers decide which home to purchase based on comparison.  When holding our Open House, it is important that your home be in its best condition. The following are a few of the things you can do to create the best impression.


  • Curb appeal is critical! Lawns should be freshly cut and trimmed. Remove any unnecessary items from around the outside of the house. Present a fresh appearance.  Wash down sidewalks, turn the soil in flower gardens and water the lawn just prior to the open house.


  • The entryway is the first stop. The buyer forms an opinion before stepping through the front door. The door should be freshly painted and cobwebs should be brushed out of the corners of your entryway. A fresh container of colorful flowers would be a wise investment.


  • If there is snow, make certain you have a clear walkway from the parking area to the front door.


  • Have the air conditioner turned down low during the summer months. If you have this feature in your home, you want the prospective buyers to know it the minute the door is opened.


  • Cleanliness is imperative. The most important rooms are the kitchen and baths. An extra effort in these rooms will go a long way toward a favorable first impression.


  • Check that all lights are working, including garage, closets and basements.


  • Doors should open and slide freely. A little lubricant can prevent an embarrassing situation.


  • Leave during the Open House. Prospective buyers are more comfortable if the seller is not present and are more open to meaningful dialogue.


  • Open windows prior to the Open House to freshen the air and rid your home of any unpleasant odors.