I'm posting a shopping list.

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential
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Billi Evans, of Springfield Missouri, posited that some people here in the rain can post a shopping list and somehow manage to get 100 comments.

Personally, I saw this as a challenge, so here I am with my shopping list.  But it can't be just an ordinary ole run-of-the-mill shopping list, oh no.  Cause then you wouldn't be right here on Alan May's blog, then would ya?

So here's my shopping list (no photos, no graphics) for my sellers when listing their homes:

  1. Formula 409 (for cleaning up the whole house)
  2. Odor Eaters (to hang on the walls of that stanky, stanky basement)
  3. Pooper Scooper (to pick up that... uh... stuff from the back yard, so that buyers can walk through the yard without fear, and won't then track that, uh... stuff, back through your home.
  4. extra 100 watt bulbs.
  5. A few extra torchiere lamps to put those extra 100 watt bulbs into, to light up those dark corners of the house.
  6. Paint.  Yep, fresh paint, to cover up the crayon drawing your kids 'gifted' you, in their rooms.  Touch up anything that needs 'touching up".
  7. Wicker baskets.  Yep, cute charming wicker baskets to put some of your children's toys into... no... ALL of your children's toys.
  8. Febreze. (do I need to say why?)
  9. Purty bed-linens for all the beds (duh)
  10. Windex. (yes, use it on the windows).
  11. A few nice wall hangings or artwork.  (to add a spot of colour here and there... don't go crazy.. less is more).
  12. If you don't have one, hire a housekeeping service weekly.  That's right, weekly.
  13. A fresh cell-phone battery.  We don't want to miss showings because your phone was dead, and you missed a few calls.
  14. Hire a landscaper for the yard.  We want fresh fertilized grass, the greener the better (and NO, rover's 'stuff' doesn't count as landscaping fertilizer.
  15. Mulch the shrubbery with fresh colourful mulch.  Why? Cause it looks nice.
  16. Flowers.  Put fresh cut, or live flowering plants throughout the house.
  17. Fresh baked (or those faux-baked Pillsbury style) cookies.... put some out, on a tray, for home viewers to snack on... and they make the house smell wonderful  (if you don't want to have cookies around the house.. fresh bread will do nicely, or boil a little cinnamon on the stove)
  18. Rug Cleaner.  Buy some rug stain-remover, and get rid of any obvious stains.  If the rugs or carpeting is too bad, hire a steam cleaning service.
  19. a Pod.  Rent a pod and get rid of all your clutter.  Anything that you haven't touched, or used in over a year, put it in the POD.. (an no, I don't count your spouse).
  20. Closet organizers or systems.  Do whatever you have to to make your closets look neat and organized.  We don't want buyers to think that you don't have enough storage or closet space.

Okay... I'm sure I've left off tons of stuff.  Feel free to add to the list.  There Billi, I've posted a "shopping list."  Start counting.

(250  -34)
and pick up your underwear from the bathroom floor... please!

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, 2929 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
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Jeanne Gregory, RE/MAX Southwest

You got the count, good job.  My biggest complaint.  Shower grout.  Houston is hot and humid and the grout turns to green mush very easily.  Nothing grosser than a green hairy shower!

Apr 12, 2011 04:29 PM #137
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Jan Stevens
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those lovely shoe covers/booties and an attractive basket to put them in by the front door. Or did someone already add that? Great post and really enjoyable comments!

Apr 12, 2011 04:50 PM #138
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#118 Barbara - still happy to have it.

#119 Michael - thank you.

#120 Bob - yes, she's comment #78

#121 Erica - the pod is a great way to go.

#122 Debra - I think I'll get off this highway.

#123 Karen - (hanging my head... oh, so low).

#124 Nancy - Mondays are tough.

#125 Frank & Karen - I's still here... I was just sitting a broker's tour most of the morning.

#126 Jan - that's a good addition... although I think the agent should be supplying those.

Apr 12, 2011 05:34 PM #139
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Christine Hooks
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Obviously you're an overachiever.  Maybe you'll get 200 comments, Alan! 

Apr 14, 2011 07:19 PM #140
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#127 Chris - lordy, lordy, lordy.

Apr 14, 2011 08:48 PM #141
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Kaera Mims
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Well you are way past 100, but I wanted to jump on the band wagon too. Great "shopping" list :-)!

Apr 14, 2011 11:02 PM #142
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Ted Tyrrell
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Alan, glad you took up Billi Evans' challenge. I am comment #143, so I guess you are over your quota. But you don't get any points over 50 comments!!!

Apr 14, 2011 11:03 PM #143
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Kaera - thank you.

Ted - well over the quota... but it ain't about the points.

Apr 15, 2011 08:48 AM #144
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Navona Hart
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I came in just for fun very very late to your party Alan, but I loved the list, so I figured 146 comments are better than 145!

Apr 18, 2011 10:09 PM #145
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Navona - welcome aboard!

Apr 18, 2011 10:13 PM #146
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Kristine Ginsberg
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Alan - late to the party again! Looks like you don't need my help - but your list did remind me of some things I need to pick up at the grocery store!

BTW - you've inspired my next post and your name and link will be in it - you'll have to stop by to see why!

Apr 20, 2011 08:46 PM #147
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Kristine - the party doesn't start 'till you walk in.

Apr 20, 2011 10:45 PM #148
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Carolyn Kolba
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Alan, from what I can see of this post... I think the odor eaters was the most important item on your shopping list.  You might as well get two packages while you're at it.  Just a thought.

Apr 21, 2011 12:01 AM #149
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I always see those ads that ask, "Got Milk?" So maybe milk would be a worthwhile addition to your list.

Apr 21, 2011 01:19 AM #150
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors - Austin, TX
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Congratulations Alan..very clever as usual! Your shopping list is useful and you really got quite a few additions..now your at 152 comments!

Apr 21, 2011 07:47 AM #151
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Carolyn - an excellent idea.

Mike - 1%, 2% or SoyMilk?

Dorie - I depend on the kindness of Active Rain members.

Apr 21, 2011 08:22 AM #152
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Not surprising.  You rose up to the challenge.  You would have a field day with my abode.

I'm always late to the party(ies) these days:(

Apr 27, 2011 01:44 PM #153
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Jason - the party doesn't start 'till you walk in.

Apr 27, 2011 02:10 PM #154
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Comment #156! 

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Mike - answer #157

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