Re: [gardeners] Rosemary's house

Rosemary Carlson (
Sat, 03 Oct 1998 17:38:14 -0400

THANK YOU, PAT!!! If nothing else today has made me smile (and nothing
HAS!), THIS email did! Everyone should print this out and KEEP it! I
certainly have! Being a somewhat reclusive individual, the sense of
violation that comes with strangers parading through my house, going
through my closets, and looking through my medicine cabinet is damn near
more than I can STAND.

This would all be better IF my new house was ready for me to occupy it.
THEN, I could run there. However....they are drywalling and it ain't a
pretty sight - not to mention I'd be living on the subfloor. :)

I have a silver tea service for Pat's table by the fireplace. Now, to go
FIND it! :) :)

Tomorrow is the dreaded OPEN HOUSE. Everyone keep their fingers crossed
that this house sells TOMORROW - else I will lose my mind. Ya'll don't want
a babbling idiot on this list, now do ya?

Rosemary in Lexington, KY 
zone 6a - who will have NO yard when I move! YEA! My yard will be forest
floor with a SMALL patch of grass.

At 04:01 PM 10/3/98 +0000, you wrote:
>It is an old formula, but having sold houses using it -- and for my 
>price -- consider doing the following -- keeping in mind that you 
>are making a "stage setting" for a lifestyle the buyer hopes to 
>duplicate. (AND that in love, war and real estate, image is often 
>more important than full disclosure.)
>a. Buy a bunch of freezer bread dough. Divide into small hunks.
>b. When a shopper is coming, pop one of those hunks in the oven to 
>create the scent of "home."
>c. Never draw attention to your garden. If asked about it, say, "Oh, 
>that? I do have a junior high school boy who comes by once in a while 
>to mow. Actually, it takes care of itself." 
>d. Have a pot or two (NO MORE) of a somewhat exotic something 
>by the front door. Say to shopper, "Wasn't it nice of the last person 
>who came by to send those?" 
>e. Have a fire laid in the fireplace. Put herb cuttings on top. When 
>the shopper gets out of the car, light the fire. The scent and the 
>welcoming sight of a fire says "HOME." 
>f. Rearrange the furniture a bit to set a generous size table to one 
>side of the fireplace. On it place your grandmother's lace 
>tablecloth, a silver tray, 2 or 3 of your finest teacups, and a 
>pretty container (covered) of cookies. When the shopper arrives, say, 
>"I was just having a cup of tea. Do sit down and have one with me." 
>g. Keep Mozart. deBussy or Sibelius (no Wagner) playing at all times. 
>It will keep shoppers soothed and will muffle any mysterious pipe or 
>plumbing sounds. It will also contribute to your mental ease.
>h. On days when shoppers may arrive, all meals are to be prepared and 
>eaten in secrecy! One's kitchen must be pristine at all times. It is 
>essential, however, that a perfect vegetable or two (or perhaps the 
>meticulously posed ingredients for a gourmet omelet) be posed in the 
>kitchen. Make it an artistic presentation: bowl, pan, basket, 
>utensils -- all must be in harmonious balance. 
>i. Refer to "h" for clues for arranging bathrooms. They must always 
>look like they are used only by two-dimensional models from Country 
>j. If storage is a problem, and your house is cluttered, rent 
>off premises storage. Closets and garages should echo with emptiness. 
>In one house, I totally emptied one closet and "forgot" to point it 
>out until late in the tour, with a "Oh, I'd forgotten about this 
>closet! There ARE so many of them in this house, you know."
>Tips "a" through "j"  have served me well. Indeed, the last house we 
>sold went for more than our asking price. Two buyers arrived 
>simultaneously - each wanted the house and they entered into an 
>immoderate bidding war, each upping the other's offer. Person A "won" 
>out over Person B. I have been told that subsequently Person A 
>went on to grander and greater quarters, and he first called 
>Person B who then bought it from him! 
>And, if you promise never to tell them, it wasn't all that great a 
>house! Good luck on selling, and don't let the shoppers get you down. 
>If you can find it, Robert Benchley (the grandfather of the Benchley 
>who wrote "Jaws" etc) has a wonderful essay on selling a house and 
>the sense of violation one feels when others go through your