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Staging a Home to Sell, How About Finally Removing that Christmas Tree???

Christmas tree removal"I will do it BEFORE I go back to school", my son promised as we looked at the once glittering tree lying forlornly in the yard. That conversation took place last December when (almost) everyone else in Austin was in the process of taking their tree to the Zilker Park recycling point under the Mopac Bridge and other places set up by the Parks Department to grind the trees into mulch. The conversation was repeated a couple of days before our son was scheduled to leave on January 9th and again I was told, "Don't worry about it, I have plenty of time and will take the tree to Zilker before I leave"! You already know where this is going and yes...our son made it back to school but the tree never made it to Zilker Park...

I mention this only because I am constantly asked by all of my sellers about the best way to get their home ready to sell. Besides pricing the home correctly from the start, de-cluttering and staging the home is of paramount importance. No matter what neighborhood or price range, clearing out and packing up items that will be moved or sold is the first step to making a home presentable. I give each seller a list of websites to access to get them started; this one is by no means comprehensive but a good place to start:

  1. Tree Removal 2Your moving so remove all personal items. Okay, besides that %#!*&% Christmas Tree, remove anything that you don't need or use on a regular basis. Potential buyers need to be able to imagine their own pictures and family mementos throughout the house. Allow them to see themselves living in your home...not you!
  2. Clean UP!! Do it yourself or hire a cleaning company to go over your house with a fine comb. Do everything that you've overlooked or put off. A cleaning service can do a complete make ready for you at a reasonable cost. I tell people that if they have not used something in the last year they probably don't need it anyway. Donate, sell or throw away anything you don't really need. Rent a storage unit for any items that will be moved to the next home
  3. Hire a handyman to make minor repairs, paint and do all of those things you've put off for years. Make minor repairs to each and every area that needs attention. Often this means repairing items that we let go and just "live with" over time. Noisy or stuck doors, holes in sheetrock, cracked windows, broken outlets and switches and a host of other "minor repairs that add up!
  4. Hire a professional home stager to come in and do a proper job of arranging the home for optimum presentation. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of this aspect of getting a home ready to sell. A good Stager can do a very proficient job at a reasonable price depending on the size of the home and the level of work required. At the same time a seller is often more amenable to taking suggestions about removing "Aunt Ethel's horrible wall hanging" or handling other potentially delicate feelings about personal items in the home from a professional (other than you!).

I do not try and re-invent the wheel and point my sellers toward a number of online resources. Here are a few that I think are good:

realtor.com/Basics/Sell/PrepHome/GetReady

4siterealestate.com/gettingReadyToSell

realestateabc/homeselling/showing

homebuying.about.com

Tree Removal 3

In an effort to practice what I preach and as you can see from the pictures, we did finally get the tree to the recycling area and yes it was not until March 10th!!! I lashed the tree to the roof of his truck before I went to the airport to retrieve him for Spring Break. All the way to the airport, I kept getting shocked and amused stares from from drivers on the freeway. It was worth it when I saw the look of astonishment on my sons face as I picked him up from the terminal and it was too funny. I laughed out loud when I saw his incredulous look and unbelieving laughter as I drove up! I only wish I could have taken that picture! He was laughing the whole time to and from Zilker Park and we had quite a few folks gawking as we drove through traffic in HIS truck.

Now here is the really strange thing, when we dropped off the tree, we saw a half dozen other Christmas trees and a park employee informed us that there were at least a dozen more left over the weekend (one with the lights still attached)! My son looked at me and said, "See, we are not so different, lots of people wait to do this". "Yeah, right," I replied," I guess we are just doing our part to keep our beloved city "weird", and we both started laughing. It's good to have him home and I am now off to give some "De-Cluttering" advice to my new clients!  

 

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85 commentsRussell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI • March 13 2009 01:33PM

Comments

HA HA HA !!! ...great message and great delivery !!!!  ... I love the fact that your son tried to rationalize it by saying 'look others were like us too" !!! HAHAHAH

Posted by Sheldon Neal ~ That British Agent ~ Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) about 1 year ago

Russell this is way too funny. You actually post some great info for home sellers and still manage to get in a funny story! Hilarious and the really funny thing is that you kept the #@*%! tree until your son came home!!!!!

Posted by Lynne about 1 year ago

So imagine this scenario..!!

Some guy flicks a lit cigarette out his car window into your tree on top of the car..

it catches fire while you are driving.. Everyone is hollering at you as they pass you by..

You think they are hollering at you that "you have a flat tire".. you can tell you have no flat tire by the way it steers. But this happens 4 or 5 times...

Suddenly you realize they are hollering "your car is on fire!"

Posted by Buster Spillar, GRI about 1 year ago

Poor Morgan!  He has to give up his Spring Break to have knee surgery & still has to take out the tree...  You do know the hardest part is trying it to the roof of the truck. 

Posted by Susan Avant, Realtor (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Great blog - I love how you bring "Real Life" into a "Real Estate".

With a 3 year old at home I'll have to remember this trick and use it in 15 years or so.

Posted by Rick Landwehr (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Leaving a comment!  Good story Russell Mike C

Posted by MIKE C about 1 year ago

Whoa...I just posted this and now have to preview some properties...Thank you for stopping by, I will be back later to reply to these comments!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Sheldon Thanks and yes we always try to rationalize don't we? Both of my children have been doing it for years, you know like, "over at the Jones' they always...HA HA!!

Lynne to tell the truth, it was a source of irritation from my wife until she gave up and figured that at least it finally would be moved! You know. %#@* IT! HAHA

BusterI am laughing so hard thinking of the flaming roof as we cluelessly drive down the road...Ok, we are certainly both a bit strange for laughing at that BUT it is why we are friends!

Susan He actually enjoyed it and is still shaking his head in disbelief!

Rick Thanks so much for your compliment! And yes, one of the great tools a parent has over teenagers is the power of "embarrassment!

Mike C Thanks for dropping by! I owe you a call!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

OMG - that is so funny!!!  Well I guess better late than never!!!  When will you be putting up your next tree?  July???  LOL

Posted by Emily Lowe - Nashville TN Realtor (The Lipman Group Sotheby's International Realty) about 1 year ago

LOL Russell...

Loved the story about your Son. Having raised two of them myself, I can only say "Boys will be Boys" :)

When mine were in their teens they used to have to get up at four in the morning on Mondays to do their own laundry. I'd tell them all weekend long to get 'er done. But Nooooooooooo it's much more fun getting up at four and falling asleep in a bowl full of cereal :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryant's Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Hey Russell,  I am looking forward to seeing YOUR market reports!  They have been an EXCELLENT tool with my clients, I can email them after I show them properties and create a sense of urgency on their part and professionalism on my part!  Good to hear from you!  pippa

Posted by Pippa MAC, The Woodlands TX Real Estate Remax Real Estate Spring Texas Realtor (Remax Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) about 1 year ago

Russell, looking at that tree reminded me of the book "Skipping Christmas" or some title similar. When they finally figured out that they had to buy a tree and they were basically sold out. What they bought was half dead and by the time they got it home all the needles had blown off. How did the needles not blow off???? :)

Posted by Connie Harvey Realtor Nashville TN Real Estate (Prudential Woodmont Realty) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell-Great and very funny story. I have a artificial one and I had that up until I think til April. So this past Christmas I didn't have one up because I didn't get back from the cruise until mid December and then lots of holiday activities I just ran out of time. It is good to chat with you my friend. I hope your realtor tour went well. I hope you have been doing well. I have just busy. I miss you and all my other AR buddies. Have a great weekend. Talk to you again next time. :-)

Posted by Pat Preston (RE/MAX 1st Olympic Lynchburg Va) about 1 year ago

You are just too much and nobody can write a real estate article and still make it as interesting as you. You just have the funniest way of blending humor with what could otherwise be just another dry nad boring info blurb! Thanks and keep up the good work!

Posted by Lynne about 1 year ago

Russell, you actually kept that Christmas tree until this week? That is absolutely the funniest thing ever. I am never disappointed when I check your blog and I wonder what your neighbors must think! And your family has obviously put up with your antics for what...20 years? It works out in a warm and humorous way. Thank you for your unique outlook on life and real estate in Austin Texas!

Posted by Scott Harvey (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

One other thing...Why didn't all of the needles fly off after all these months?

Posted by Scott Harvey (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Your story about the Christmas tree made me smile, especially the brilliant part about carrying the tree to the airport to meet your son. That will be a memory the two of you won't soon forget!

Posted by Pat Starnes (Keller Williams New Beginnings) about 1 year ago

I suppose you could carry this over to apply to other holiday seasons as well, such as having your Aluminim Pole still up 3 months after Festivus has passed...  !

Posted by Liz King about 1 year ago

Haha - I just drove by a house with festive lights still hanging (drooping) - Rita

Posted by Kenna Real Estate about 1 year ago

Howdy there Russell

My friend, I sure got a hoot from reading this. Thats the kind of thing I would have done. Maybe I should say, I have done in the pass to my son's. That sure would have been a good photo, to see of your son. I did an inspection of a home the other day. That the owners, left their lights up all year. The bad thing was, that I ended up writing them up. The wire had a lot of bad spot's on them.

Home Inspector

Posted by Discover and Explore New Hampshire with Dale Baker (Baker Home Energy Audit & Commercial Properties Inspections ) about 1 year ago

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

Alessandra

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Posted by Alessandra about 1 year ago

Emily So good to see you here. Now that you mention it, my daughters Birthday is July 4th so maybe we could do several things at once and...well I am laughing now...AGAIN! Thanks!

TLW You crack me up! I am the same way and probably...well yes acted the same way as a boy! I am sure that your sense of humor was alsoa source of many laughs when raising the kids! LOL..I can only imagine!

Pippa Thanks, I was glad to see you back posting and I do need to start writing about my neighborhoods and real estate in general!

Pat it sounds like you managed to skip most of the work and just enjoy the season. Good to hear from you too!

Lynne good to see you here again and yes a little humor goes a long way to diffuse an otherwise grumpy situation!

Scott I got some grief for it for a few weeks until my wife finally gave up! Now she laughs about it too! And i do not know why the tree did not disintegrate either...I wish i could remember the species for next year!

Pat It's true and was so funny that we are all still laughing about it and will in the future too! We are not Ozzie & Harriet but it works! HA HA HA!

Liz wel you know, that pole could come in handy for all sorts of events Hmmm...

Rita I am laughing now...at least our tree was out of the way and not still on display!

Hi Dale Glad you dropped by and that i manage to give you a chuckle! I have to tell you that the Christmas light up all year is s bit much, especially since they are not designed for that and I am glad you pointed out the safety issue! maybe they will finally remove them!

Alessandra I appreciate you reading my blog and I am going to check out your site too! Please come back anytime!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell,

This is hysterical! Loved your son's comment "See we are not so different lots of people wait to do this." Good points for sellers to get their home ready. Some people leave their lights up year round as they don't want to take them down and put them back up in 11 months!

Posted by Dorie Dillard: Canyon Creek & NW Austin Living (Coldwell Banker United) about 1 year ago

I rarely read Russell's blog , but he asked me specifcally to comment so here goes. He may wish he hadn't done that...I spend 70% of my free time "de-cluttering" our house but I can't win against Mr Lewis' floor under his desk, our garage, his beside, or his closet. Our home needs lots of minor repairs that a carpenter can fix, he knows who I am talking about and it isn't Jesus. Granted we aren't looking to sell but wouldn't it be nice to have your house looking spiffed up for you to live in? I think yes. 

 

Posted by Margaret Lewis about 1 year ago

 Hi Dorie! Thanks for your comment! It is funny how kids and adults rationalize! Very funny!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell—The scenario with your son is something my dad did with me on more than one occassional although it didn't relate to a Christmas tree. We all need to de-clutter in our lives whether it's trivial brain fodder, stacks of paper or  magazines we will not read again, but think we might later down the road. Hope you had a good run. Have a great weekend!

Posted by Linda Bourgault (lulugraphix-creative photography) about 1 year ago

Yes my love...Hi Margaret (My beautiful wife) Thanks for dropping by and I only have one thing to say...

 

BTW...Every time I get the garage cleaned the rest of my lovely family fills it up again, now my closet is something else...LOL

 

 

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Linda Great comment because we do need to de-clutter our lives on a mental an emotional level too! Thanks for dropping by and now I need to get busy replying to these other great comments!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! And y'll get on me for being so messy! This is really funny and I fr one am glad you saved the tree!!  TOO FUNNY!

Posted by Mattie Lewis (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

How cool is that !!! A glimpse into the 'Lewis Household' with reports from both sides of the garage !

... now I know where you get your dry humor and chops from Russell - your WIFE ! lol

Loved her comment !   ... and your reply made me chuckle !!!

Nice job Lewises !!!!

Cheers !

Sheldon

Posted by Sheldon Neal ~ That British Agent ~ Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) about 1 year ago

Russell, this story is so you and I love the comment from your wife *who is indeed bright and beautiful too! You are very fortunate and your remark that your family is not Ozzie and Harriet is as true as it is funny but all of you make a great team! 

 

Posted by Jeannette Spinelli (Avenue One Properties) about 1 year ago

Russell, what an interesting and funny way to write about de-cluttering a home! Funny story and i certainly enjoyed margaret's remark, It sounds as though you may have a "honey-do" list. Be good to that girl and your great kids (I know you are) because you are one lucky man!

Posted by Anne Giles (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

What a HOOT!!! I was checking your blog to see if you posted about your open house tomorrow but saw this. You and your family are so funny. (I have to tell you that it balances your very serious work ethic and attitude) Well, you are the funny one and the rest of your family sort of goes along for the ride! I love it that Margaret left a comment, she is truly your better 1/2 and if your desk at home is anything like the one here at work, then she has a legitimate complaint! Tell her I said hello and both of your children too!

Posted by Allysoun Musslewhite (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Mattie...Funny you should mention that but my next blog post will be about the toxic are known as a teenage girl's bedroom floor! Hah! The tree episode did go over pretty funny in the house!

Sheldon This is indeed a rare occasion, you actually got a good look inside my wonderfully wacky but fairly normal family. I will say that my wife does have a good sense of humor because she has listened to me for years and is still here and even seems to like me! LOL!!! Thanks for stopping by again!

Jeannette Thanks, I do sort of let the cat out of the bag...most of the time HA HA and you are right I am fortunate to have such a pretty wife who also has brains!!!

Anne I don't want to mention the "honey-do" list, it's growing longer even as we speak! I am grateful for all of them as you well know! Thanks!

Allysoun I know that most people who see me in "work mode" are sometimes surprised to see my other...lighter and somewhat crazy side but you have seen both for a long time! as you say, Margaret is truly my better half and I will definitely tell you said HELLO! Thanks again!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell of course this is all great advice. As you know I am big on this stuff. I would go nuts seeing a Christmas tree up after the beginning of January:)

Posted by Bill Gassett Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell!  Great story and I can totally relate!  My youngest just arrived home from college yesterday and I am SO lovin' it!  Funny how they're still rationalizing, even in college--those BOYS!  What are we going to do with them!

Posted by Debe Maxwell - Search Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte NC Neighborhoods (Helen Adams Realty) about 1 year ago

OMG Russel:  The visualization on this story is hilarious.  When I read or listen, I have pictures running through my mind's eye.  This is priceless........I wish you had your camera as well.  VERY FUNNY Russell..........I can't stop laughing.  The punchline is the best, thanks for the belly laugh :-)

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Posted by Gail MacMillan - CRS, e-PRO, GRI ~ Titusville FL Real Estate Brevard County (HomeSweetHomeFlorida.com) about 1 year ago

Bill This probably would have made you even crazier. We DID take the tree down (No one here could live with that) but piled it outside for the next few months until he came home! HA HA  HA!! Luckily we live down the hill some so it was not on display for the whole world to see!

Debe We are loving him at home too and YOU NAILED IT: "those BOYS!  What are we going to do with them!" I laugh every time I see that picture of him and the tree on his truck!

Gail The whole situation was funny, I especially like the fact that my wife gave up trying to get ME to take the tree back in January! Now you have an interesting glance into the Lewis family's crazy ways!!! My son has been telling his friends about the whole thing too...

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Betty and i are laughing so hard... I mean... man that's good stuff.  By the way.. we burned our tree in the back yard in a ritualistic sacrifice ceremony.

Posted by Rell about 1 year ago

You are just toooooooo MUCH! I try to check in to your blog every week and you always have something new that is ALWAYS a little bit off base but compelling and often funny! Thanks!!!

Posted by Erin about 1 year ago

COOL! I clicked on the link in your open house post and here I am again! This is really a hoot, you and your whole family are so much fun! Tell Margaret I said HI!

Posted by Allysoun Musslewhite (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

RUSSELL, I'm thinking your son will probably not let that happen again!!  Lesson learned!!!  You do give some great advice along with the lesson though.

I hope you have a wonderful spring break with him home.  Mine is just off to Fort Hood again for the week.  He only has a few more weeks of going back and forth.

Posted by Marchel Peterson Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 1 year ago

Hmmm...this gives me ideas.  I think I will tie the trash bags to the top of my son's truck when he forgets to take it out on Mondays. 

Thanks!  And I am sure my son Ryan will say, "Thanks for nothing!".

Posted by Amanda Hall * FORT WORTH TEXAS Real Estate Broker * (Hall Team Homes ) about 1 year ago

I just came back to see what kind of tree was able to keep it's needles after all that time and ended up laughing at all of the funny comments!

Posted by Scott Harvey (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Russell, you often say that you and I are cut from the same cloth.  Well, I think our sons have a lot in common as well!!  Too funny and very clever!  I'm sure he did laugh, I laughed just reading about it. 

I have a very hard time telling people to clean up the clutter as I live in a giant GLASS HOUSE, if you know what I mean.  I have clutter climbing my walls and I am about going crazy with it. I used to thrive on it but now it is weighing me down.  But, and I'll admit this is a big but (don't go there!), my house is not for sale.

 

Posted by Susan Mangigian, West Chester PA Realtor RE/MAX Preferred, ABR (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell,
It all sounds so simple until...................I try to do it at my house!

Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, RealtorĀ® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) about 1 year ago

Dang...you all are getting ahead of me again but I promise to return and reply. Thanks for all the great comments!!!

Rell & BettyYou already know how we do?!?!? I also like your idea of the Christmas tree bonfire. We used to do that with neighbors on new years eve back in West Texas

Erin I appreciate that and yes, I do try and ad something a little different from time to time! Keep coming back!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Allysoun Thanks again for stopping by!

Marchel He is still a teenage boy so it will probably be awhile before he gets it! HA! I am so glad your son returned and have enjoyed your posts about his homecoming!

AmandaNow that is very funny, I see we have the same school of thought when it comes to dealing with teenagers!!

Scott You are right, sometimes the comments are even funnier than the post. I have made some very interesting friends here at Active Rain!

SusanI have to say he came by it honestly from me at least, please note my wife's funny comment earlier! I did laugh while writing this and heard my son laughing earlier as he show the post to some of his friends

Cynthia I totally agree, check out my wife's earlier comment! HA HA HA

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Our son's favotite expression has always been, 'i'll do it when I get back", but it no longer works now that he has his own business,  Karen

Posted by Karen Kruschka - Prince William, Fairfax ,Stafford County VA Real Estate Service (RE/MAX Olympic Realty) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell--

Great advice for sellers and too cute to tie the story to your son...  I hope next year goes a little quicker--as he remembers being picked up with the tree on the roof!

Posted by Tamara Perlman, Lake Tahoe Truckee CA Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) about 1 year ago

How did you get those needles to stay on the tree as you drove around town?  Good post!

Posted by Ross Plummer (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

I love to know that this happens to other families and not just mine! So, what I really want to know is have you cleaned your house?

Posted by Liz Newell (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Karen It's funny how they manage to slip out of stuff they have no intention of doing! That's boys for sure!

Tamara We have sort of pulled these types of stunts for years, it seems to be the only way we can maintain a leg up and stay ahead. I have heard him tell his friends that he never knows exactly how we might react to different situations. It's usually funny!

Ross We have still been trying to remember waht "species" the tree was because it does NOT shed! HA HA!

Liz I think it's sort of universal with all families to some degree. And yes, margaret would not let the house go, unlike myself and the children!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

This post is hysterical while being full of great and useful information for your sellers.  I thought I was bad for getting mine out the door the second week of January ; )

Posted by Christine Donovan Costa Mesa CA Homes Broker/Attorney 800-610-7253 DRE01267479 (Donovan Blatt Team - Donovan Group Realty) about 1 year ago

I think it would also be nice if one finally took down the Christmas wreath on the front door. It can stay if it's a living wreath, but if it's dead, brown, and all dried out, it's time to let it go and move on.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego home inspector (Russel Ray, Property Consultant) about 1 year ago

Christine I have to tell you that in a normal situation, the tree is gone by new years but this was a "special occasion"!!!

Russel Agreed, wreaths are nice but like any decoration should be removed prior to decomposition! HA HA!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Hi there Russell, Man I love how your wrote this blog weaving the personal side w/ your son, great content for you clients, nice photos and a priceless comment from your wife, Margaret!

This is the kind of blogging I can only hope to achieve one day. Take care and get that closet done soon!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch ~ Redesigned Spaces ~ all round nice gal... (Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio) about 1 year ago

Oh, I just had to come back here and laugh again! I hope I never do anything like this and then end up all over thr internet!!! LOLOLOLOL

Posted by Mattie Lewis (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Russell, this was such a hoot. I know you are busy and i bet you are also enjoying some SXSW but I wanted to check in to see if you had posted something new! I hope you have fun with your son now that he is recovering from his knee surgery! See you next week!

Posted by Allysoun Musslewhite (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

I laughed out loud when I saw his incredulous look and unbelieving laughter as I drove up!

Oh man.  I love your creativity!  You and I could get into a lot of trouble together.  :)

P.S.  One family in our neighborhood still has their Christmas lights up.  Any suggestions???

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier - Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORSĀ®) about 1 year ago

Cynthia Thanks , I really appreciate your compliment! I am not really a writer but just try to ell it like I would a story. The only drawback is that I tend to be long winded! LOL so I need to maybe pare down the wordiness!

Mattie OK, you can come out now, he's back a school! HA HA HA!

Allysoun You know we are a little wacky at the Lewis house! and yes mhe is doing so much better now! See you soon!

Bruce It is so good to see you here again my friend and I think you are absolutely right about us getting into mischief (it just seems to come naturally!) As far as the house with the lights, take a picture and submit it for Wordless Wednesday, it would be hilarious!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Dear Russell,

It is hard to believe that someone would hang on to a Christmas tree until March?!? How much sentimental value can a dead tree have?!? Thanks for the cute post!

Betina

Posted by Betina Foreman-Serving Lake Travis, Lake Austin and the greater Austin area! ((512)771-6318 Prospect Real Estate Solutions, LLC) about 1 year ago

Dear Russell,

How on earth could you let a good Texas boy go to school in Oklahoma?!? What were you thinking?!? Won't he be scarred for life???

;)

Posted by Betina Foreman-Serving Lake Travis, Lake Austin and the greater Austin area! ((512)771-6318 Prospect Real Estate Solutions, LLC) about 1 year ago

Betina, you are so funny and here is the low down:

1) We kept the tree outside until his return just for the shock value!!!

2) Here is what is really wild, he was accepted at 5 schools and did not want to go to UT. He scarred the heck out of us after we visited OU...yes, OU! when we got home he wore the OU shirt several days and it turned outthat he was just trying to irritate his friends (and unnerve his parents too)! My wife says he gets that from me...Anyway, he had the best scholarship offer for Tulsa and since it's a smaller school they also keep a closer eye on the students which his Mom also liked!

Tulsa is not like the rest of Oklahoma, sort of like Austin is not like the rest of Texas! We will just cross our fingers! LOL!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

My house is not for sale, but I don't suppose you'd mind coming over and doing all these things for us anyway? I mean, Austin to Daytona Beach... it's not really that far. LOL! OK. So it's far but you can go to the beach and swim in our pool while you're here (you'd have to, just to cool off after all that work... did I say that out loud?)  =P

Posted by Lisa Hill (Daytona Beach Real Estate) (Florida Property Experts) about 1 year ago

You might be a redneck if you just toss your old Christmas tree out into the bushes. (that's what we do)

Posted by Georgina M. Hunter R(S) e-Pro Maui Real Estate Sales (Jim Sanders Realty Inc. - Maui) about 1 year ago

Thanks for the great tips. It is almost April and there are stores that bring out Christmas stuff in July so some people may think why bother taking down holiday decorations.

Good post. I enjoyed reading it.

Posted by GITA BANTWAL, REALTOR BUCKS COUNTY, PA HOMES (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 1 year ago

Lisa You are cracking me up!!! And yes you did say that out loud! Heck, our son comes by his procrastination honestly. My wife and I often put things off too (as she mentioned in her comment earlier) though I am probably the worst offender! LOL

Georgina Your comment made me laugh out loud! Yes, no matter what else have done or managed to accomplish, many of us in Texas still have a streak of "Redneck" Thanks for the chuckle and for stopping by!

Gita I know what yo mean, if it goes on sale in July, we might as well get an early start on the "season"! HA HA!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Your son and I would get along just fine ;)

Posted by Paul Slaybaugh, Scottsdale AZ Real Estate (Realty Executives) about 1 year ago

Paul I know that's right but if you saw my wife's earlier comment, he comes by it honestly! HA HA! I think we would all be a bit of mischievousness if we ever got together!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

I LOVE IT --- this is going to be a great story to share in the future. Even if your not sellering de-clutter makes you feel good.

Posted by Mandy Andrews (Texas American Title Company) about 1 year ago

Mandy, long time no see! thanks for stopping by. I have to say that getting the children to get on board to help out around the house is sort of universal! HA HA!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

We got back just a little while ago. I made one comment for twenty five points and solved my 666 dilemma. No way was I getting on Interstate 4 with my Blog on 666. It was too creepy, even for me :)

Thanks for the well wishes and thoughts. I'm gonna be okay. I can tell :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryant's Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) about 1 year ago

You points are all great ones but what I really enjoyed was the photos!  Those are priceless:)

Posted by Lake Norman Real Estate ~ Diane Aurit (LKN Realty, LLC) about 1 year ago

TLW Well, alright now. It's a pleasure seeing you here! I  thought it was funny seeing your comment but then again, I have some of the same concern! Iam so glad you are going to be good because I have just barely started getting to know you!! 

Diane I was trying to figure out a way to mix something interesting with some real info that home owners could actually use! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell, I loved your story and your sense of humor! I wish I could have see the look on your son's face at the airport!

Posted by Lara O'Keefe (Hunter's Creek, Melissa) (DR Horton Homes) about 1 year ago

Hi Lara Thank you very much for dropping by! I enjoyed pulling this stunt on our son and his shocked expression was very funny!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

I enjoyed this and wondered when you planned to do something fun again? I look forward to something new soon!

Posted by Jeannette Spinelli (Avenue One Properties) about 1 year ago

Oh Russell, this is the second time I've read this and it's even funnier now! I cannot help but think that you must have been somewhat like this your self at a younger age!

Posted by Anne Giles (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Russell, Russell, Russell! This is so funny and so you! I enjoyed the way that you actually give some great advice for getting a home ready while weaving in  the funny story! Great article!

Posted by Suzy about 1 year ago

Jeannette I have been too busy to post lately but plan to get several new ones in my blog soon! Thanks for your support!

Anne True, he comes by this behavior honestly and since you and I have boys near the same age i figure that we share the same trials at times!

Suzy Thanks again for dropping by and leaving a comment. I try to make my posts something a bit different now and then!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell - at least a live tree has a lifespan. We have an artificial (skinny) Christmas tree that's stayed up for years. For the first couple years I fought my husband about it - for the last few, I haven't bothered.

Posted by Sharon Simms St Pete FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (ALVA International, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Sharon, that is so doggone funny! I will have to pass the artificial tree info on to my wife. She keeps thinking we need one but there is a distinct possibility that, like your home. it could stay up for quite awhile! LOL!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

UH YIKES!  Living where I live I just think "FIRE HAZARD" while reading that!  Buster's comment was funny ;)

Posted by Renee Burrows - Las Vegas Real Estate (702-580-1783) www.ShackDiva.com (The Force Realty -Realtor>Estate>Probate>REO>Short Sale) about 1 year ago

Hi Renee, thanks for stopping by and yes, you and Buster have a lot in common in the sense of humor dept!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

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