Home Staging Tips in Palm Beach County- If You Must Leave Your Home Vacant, at Least Do These 6 Things!

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 Home Staging Tips in Palm Beach County- If You Must Leave Your Home Vacant, at Least Do These 6 Things!

If you are selling your home in Palm Beach County, or anywhere for that matter, it is usually best to show it furnished.  

However, there are situations where your property must be left vacant, and if you do here are 6 tips that will help your property in the "race for the sale".

6 Tips for Selling Your Vacant Home:

1.  Make sure every inch of your property is white glove clean.  Because there is no furniture, your Buyer's focus will be on the structure.  Dirt, cobwebs, and bad paint jobs will stand out like a sore thumb.  If you must, bring in a professional crew and get every inch clean!

window cleaning2. Get your windows sparkling clean!  This is imperative since your Buyer's eyes will be drawn to the window and the outdoors.  And, if your home is on the market for any length, you may have to have them cleaned again.  If you have window coverings, make sure they are open for every showing.  

3.  Check all existing light fixtures and make sure they work and burned out bulbs are replaced.   This may be the only light available for your Buyer and even in sunny Florida, some of our cloudy days can make even the nicest home dark and dreary. 

4.  Do something with the miles of cable cords coming out of the walls!  This is so true in the Family Room and Master Bedroom where your cable cord may be the first thing a Buyer seesCords when they enter the room.  Is that the  all important first impression you want to leave?

5. Look Down!  Worn carpeting... chipped tiles... these will definitely be one of the first things your Buyer will see. To be sure, you can't hide it and they will have to be addressed.. but give your Buyer some reason to want to buy your house!

6. Green it up!  When your Buyer looks out your CLEAN windows give them a view.  Check your hedges and plants.  When they look out your windows give them a view that will make them want to stay.  

 The main thing to remember is to remove any distractions a Buyer might see when viewing your property.  This holds true even if your home were staged, but is even more important when selling a vacant property. 


For more information contact your local Professional Home Stager! 


Re-Blogged 6 times:

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  1. Larry Atkins 08/16/2011 05:06 AM
  2. Cory Barbee 08/16/2011 06:10 AM
  3. Susan Morrison 08/16/2011 06:26 AM
  4. Joshua Zargari 08/16/2011 08:26 AM
  5. Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 08/16/2011 12:02 PM
  6. Joni Bailey 11/13/2011 07:28 AM
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Larry- thanks for reblogging.  It's good info for Realtors to pass on to their sellers, even if they don't want to stage it with furniture. 

Cory- It's something all sellers should do but especially important if the home is vacant.

Christine- You are too kind and that is very sweet of you to add your words. Vacant homes first of all don't look very attractive on the MLS listing and then in person, just lack any life.

Aug 16, 2011 06:16 AM #22
Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

Staging is the waya to go for vacant homes, It really enhances the empty home where potential buyers can visualize their things in the house.  I think it also gives a better idea of space as well.


Thanks for posting.


Patricia Aulson/ Seacoast NH & ME

Aug 16, 2011 06:54 AM #23
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Great tips here Kathy for sellers ... and of course, if they stage it their results may be a faster sale  :-)

Aug 16, 2011 07:05 AM #24
Marge Draper
Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto - Menlo Park, CA
REALTOR, Keller Williams Realty, Menlo Park CA

Kathy,  Your tips are so spot on!  There is nothing more dreary than a tired house!  I just feel bad for my buyers when I show them a house that the owners apparently didn't care about or for.

Aug 16, 2011 07:05 AM #25
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Kathy - Super post and congrats on a well deserved feature.  You're so right...you notice these things so much more when it is vacant.  The walls and floors make such a huge difference in these cases.  If there's hardwood, you may also want to consider refinishing them.

Aug 16, 2011 07:23 AM #26
Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Kathy.....GREAT direction on how BEST to have a vacant property SHINE!!!

Aug 16, 2011 08:34 AM #27
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

I also like it when the carpets in a vacant home are vaccuumed with a design.

Aug 16, 2011 09:06 AM #28
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Kathy - These are really great tips that cost little to no money at all.

Aug 16, 2011 09:07 AM #29
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Kathy, all great tips. I stayed in my house until it was under contract and the inspections were done before we moved into the house we had bought the summer before! I knew that the walls and carpet would look terrible without the furniture and paintings!

Aug 16, 2011 09:19 AM #30
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Patricia- from your mouth to the sellers' ears!  It really can make a difference. 

Maureen- we'd always love it if they would stage their home but if they could just do these things that would help. 

Marge- sometimes these vacant homes are so lifeless and it's hard to envision yourself in them.

Debbie- Thank you! And, absolutely!  Beautiful floors can be such an asset in a home.. especially hardwoods. 

Kathy- thank you!  I woujld like to just get rid of the cords!!!

Donna- at least with a design it gives a buyer something to look at. 

Michelle- Hope you can use them for the homeowners in Wellington!!

Connie- Absolutely.  If you can do it, it sure helps the house show better. When we sold our first house, we did move before it was sold and so it was vacant but that was 20+ years ago.  I think now we'd need to either stage it or leave our furniture there. 

Aug 16, 2011 10:04 AM #31
Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
Realty Works Temecula

Kathy:  A great post and I see why it was featured, vacant homes do need extra insight as to what to do to make them sell more quickly, of course Staging a home is the best thing for one that is vacant! :)

Aug 16, 2011 10:07 AM #32
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Well done....not everyone is in the position to fully stage a vacant home.  This gives them the head start they need to stand out from their competition!  Congrats on a well deserved Feature!

Aug 16, 2011 11:40 AM #33
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Kathy excelellent tips for sellers. It's so much more critical in a vacant home where everything 'glares' at the prospoective buyer - or - says - Wow  I'm perfect! Buy me!

Aug 16, 2011 11:59 AM #34
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Kathy--great post.  Clean, clean, clean and make sure it stays clean.  Of course, as Maureen says, we would love to see them stage, but if they can't your post has the perfect information. 

Aug 16, 2011 12:27 PM #35
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Kathy, another well deserved feature! Your 6 points are all excellent and should help make a home more appealing.

Aug 16, 2011 12:53 PM #36
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jane- thank you and yes!  Staging a vacant home, even if only the primary rooms, goes a long way to making it competitive in the market. 

Sharon- thanks... Nothing is perfect but we need to get a seller to recognize that even though vacant, a home has to be able to appeal to the buyer. 

Anna- thanks for the reblog.  And, yes, in any home you want to minimize distractions and a vacant home can have just as many distractions without having furniture in it. 

Janet- thank you and yes, we'd love to get them to stage it but if not at least get it clean.

Janice- Thank you and let's hope the sellers see this. 

Aug 16, 2011 02:57 PM #37
Michele Rose
Rose-Colored Staging - Mount Holly Township, NJ
Burlington County Home Staging & Redesign

Another great article Kathy!  So many vacant home owners just don't have the means to stage which would be the ideal.  When they're empty-- yikes!  EVERYTHING shows!  I would also recommend using a paint color that's on the warm side, like a warm latte color since empty homes can seem so sterile and cold.  I'll be sharing this! :)

Aug 17, 2011 06:40 AM #38
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


I had to bookmark this one. I tried to find the suggest button but couldn't find it. I just love this post. It's so useful and packed with good information.

Thanks Kathy! You're the Queen of Staging and you are very much appreciated!

Aug 17, 2011 05:13 PM #40
Kristi DeFazio
RE/MAX Advantage - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Rea lEstate 719-459-5468


I agree that a vacant home needs to be white glove clean. It sure is hard to keep them that way if the seller doesn't hire a regular cleaning service if it stays on the market any amount of time but this is so important!

Aug 20, 2011 03:20 PM #41
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Michele- thank you!  I know what you mean, a vacant house with all white walls says nothing to a buyer. 

Valerie- and it's so true if you live near the ocean.  The salt air just gives your windows a film. 

Patricia- you are so sweet. Hope you can find these tips helpful with some of your clients!

Kristi- You're not kidding.  When it's been sitting even if just a few weeks, there's dust, spiderwebs and little dead bugs that get in. 

Aug 20, 2011 03:29 PM #42
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