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"Good to know" stuff on buying or selling your Rochester Minnesota area home (with enough generic stuff to make it worth anyone's time)

Nov. 1, 2017

It's Time! Winterize Your Home

Lois Marris | RE/MAX Results |

How to Winterize Your Home

How to Winterize Your Home

Hey hey fellow Minnesotans! Brrrr! It's getting cold out there! It's the perfect time of year to your home ready for winter. Here is a handy dandy check list to follow so you don't forget anything. Stay warm!


  • Turn off water supply to any exterior water spigot
  • Remove your garden hoses, drain and store
  • Have your sprinkler system winterized
  • Insulate any exposed or at-risk water pipes


  • Have your heating system professionally inspected and cleaned
  • Replace your air filter
  • Ensure thermostat is functioning properly
  • Inspect and test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
  • Order fuel (propane/oil) if needed


Air Conditioning

  • Clean debris away inside and around your air conditioning unit
  • Cover your air conditioning unit with a breathable waterproof cover
  • Remove any window air conditioning units


  • Repair any mortar joint cracks in a brick fireplace
  • Be sure the flue damper works properly
  • Be sure the chimney is free of debris such as leaves, nests, etc.
  • Have the fireplace and chimney professionally inspected and serviced if needed



  • Install rope caulk or weather stripping around any window air leaks
  • Install weather stripping around any door leaks
  • Install or close storm windows
  • Install insulation around light switches and outlets. There are pads made specifically for this purpose.
  • Add an insulating blanket to your hot water heater
  • Check your attic for proper insulation material and levels



  • Clean your gutters and downspouts
  • Prepare your sand/salt supply for driveway and walks
  • Buy/Repair snow shovels and ice removal tools
  • Service your snow blower (oil, gas, etc)
  • Mark your driveway with reflective markers
  • If preferred, call to arrange for winter snow removal service
  • Winterize your landscaping
  • Winterize your lawnmower by removing gas
  • Drain fountains, unplug pumps
  • Winterize your pool
  • Fertilize your lawn one last time
  • Store or cover patio furniture
  • Store or cover landscaping pottery


Real Estate-If you plan to sell your home in the next 6 months

  • Touch up your exterior paint and stain now
  • Take a few exterior photos now and after a fresh snow
  • Contact Lois Marris for a free Comparative Marketing Analysis and a personalized marketing plan


If you or anyone you know is looking to buy, sell or invest in real estate, contact us at:, 507-398-3251


P.S. Did we miss anything? We’d like to know! Email your winterizing suggestions to

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Posted in Home Sellers
April 26, 2017

Where Is It? Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Hello Rochester! It's "Where is it? Wednesday". 

Do you know where this beautiful bluebells bloom? There is one particular Rochester trail where these blossoms bloom in bunches and they are in bloom now!

Grab you friends, ride your bike, walk your dog, do what ya gotta do but don't miss the chance to see these close-up and in person! 

They're in bloom now and will probably last a week or so. 


 (visit the front page of for the answer) - Rochester MN


April 26, 2017

Every Style of Kitchen in Gorgeous Grays

April 26, 2017

Spring Clean Up Checklist

April 21, 2017

Open Houses April 22-23, 2017

Rochester MN Open Houses

Make Open Houses Worth Your Time

There are just 358 homes for sale in the Rochester area which is a housing shortage. Buyers of homes priced $300,000 and less are often in a multiple offer situation. Here are tips on how to get the home you want in this competitive housing market.

Click for Rochester MN Open Houses April 21-22, 2017

1. If you're serious about buying a home soon have a pre-approval letter from your lender ready.  The buyer with the pre-approval letter may be more appealing than the buyer who doesn't have one. Plus, your lender will have advised you as to how much home you can afford so you can focus on open houses in your price range.

Find the entire home buying process outlined here.

2. Have a wish vs. need list written down. It's helps to know what things you absolutely must have versus the ones you strongly prefer.  

3. Have your own agent representation. The hosting agent works for the seller, not you. Buyer's agents are usually free of charge to the buyer so I suggest you have your very own agent providing you with good counsel. 

If you don't have an agent, I'm happy to help, just call/text me, 507-398-3251. I'm around all weekend so don't hesitate to call.

Read more about the different types of real estate agency here.

4. Try to look past the home decor. All of that gorgeous furniture, art work and home decor doesn't stay with the home. It's beautiful eye candy for you, the home buyer. Make sure the actual house (rooms, layout) work for you once the owners stuff is gone.

5. Keep a top 3 list of homes. If you've looked at 20 homes they eventually get all jumbled together in your brain. Try to always have a top 2 or 3 list and forget about the others. 

6. The best way to find a house in this competitive market is to sign up for automated notices. Visit, enter your home search criteria and then save the search. You'll receive a notice as soon as a new listing comes available and can be one of the first to see the home.

Have a great weekend of open houses. I'm around if you have questions or need a buyer's agent.

April 19, 2017

Where Is It? Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hello Rochester! It's "Where is it? Wednesday". 

Do you know where this handsome guy can be found? Better yet, who is he???

Hint: He's not a Mayo Brother. I know! Say it ain't so, right? 

Shhhh. Don't tell anyone if you know. Just forward this to a friend so they can play too. Find the answer at front page or check back here  Thursday for the answer.

Find nearby Homes for Sale Here - Rochester MN


 If you guested Thomas Jefferson at Scheels, you're right! This is just one of numerous statues in front of Scheels at Apache Mall in Rochester.



April 5, 2017

A House to Fit Your Age

April 5, 2017

Bathroom That Reveal the Real You

April 1, 2017

New Listing - 1711 11th Ave NE Rochester MN

If Tarzan and Jane watched HGTV this is where they'd live.

More information at 1711 11th Ave NE, Rochester MN

Posted in Home Buyers
March 31, 2017

Rochester Open Houses March 31-April 2, 2017

Click here for list of open houses

Rochester MN Open Houses

Open House Etiquette and Tips

Open houses are a great way to see a variety of homes before making your final buying decision. This weekend there are 49 open houses in Rochester Minnesota alone and more in our surrounding communities. Before you head out for a day of some serious house hunting, here are a few things to keep in mind.

1. We're short on inventory in Rochester so homes are selling quickly. If you're serious about buying soon you should have a pre-approval letter. If you don't have one, call/text/email me and I can help.

2. Wear comfy shoes that are easy to remove so you can quickly take them on and off.

3. Remember, the agent in the house works for the seller and works in the seller's best interests. In my opinion, buyers should have their own agent providing them council on the buying process. and working in the buyer's best interests. A buyer's agent is usually free for the buyer (the sellers pay).

If you don't have a buyer's agent, I'm happy to help, just call/text me, 507-398-3251. I'm around all weekend so don't hesitate to call.

4. Please sign the registry. It lets home owners know the agents were doing their job and they had some turnout. 

5. Be mindful of what you say and do in the house as some homes have video/audio security systems. For example, don't say "I'd pay full price for this house!" or you'll jeopardize your negotiating power.

6. It's a weird feeling for sellers to have strangers walking through their house. Please just view the house and don't open dresser drawers and other personal items. Respect home owner's privacy as much as you can.

Rochester MN Open Houses March 31 - April 2, 2017

7. Plan a few bathroom stops between open houses. If you're at a house and you gotta go, you gotta go. Just check with the hosting agent to make sure the toilet works and the water to the house is turned on.

8. Go ahead and give the agent your feedback. It's very helpful the agent and the home seller.

Enjoy your weekend of open houses!


Posted in Home Buyers