10 Things NOT To Do When Your Home Is For Sale And You're Going On Vacation!

Reblogger Ann Nguyen
Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty BRE#00998262

Bill & Liz Spear have some excellent advices for Truckee home sellers when they are going on a vacation. This is a checklist that sellers should follow in order to keep the home selling process going smoothly while they are away.

Original content by Liz and Bill Spear SAL.2002007747

Beach10 Things NOT To Do When Your Home Is For Sale And You're Going On Vacation!

You're home is on the market, ready for sale.  Spiffed up and ready for the sellers at all times.  Unfortunately our market isn't the world's fastest, so putting a sign in the yard and launching a full marketing blitz didn't sell it by Day 3.  You're coming up on your family's annual vacation and you're not postponing until after the sale.  We don't blame you, everyone needs some R&R time and we don't know if the buyer will show up tomorrow or next month, so go, have fun, relax.

But DON'T:

1) Say "No showings until we return".  Like we said, your buyer might be showing up tomorrow, and if they can't get in they'll buy another home.  And who knows how long until Right Buyer #2 may appear.

2)  Drop off the grid.  Don't go to the Himalayas or somewhere that Kinko's or equivalent doesn't exist.  We need to be able to reach you if we get an offer.  We don't expect you to answer your phone at all times, but don't go somewhere that your cell phone is in constant "Searching for Service" mode.

3)  Set your thermostat to the extremes.  Yes, you might save a little money, but you don't want buyers to be uncomfortable when looking at your home.

4)  Forget to get your mail held while you're gone.  And if you still get the newspaper, either stop delivery or ask a neighbor to collect for you.

5)  Order anything from Amazon or the like to be delivered while you're gone unless you've made arrangements with the neighbors.  Packages setting on the front steps for days are a signal you're not home.

6)  Post about it on Facebook, or Tweet, or Blog, or LinkedIn or ANYTHING that announces to the world that you're going to be gone.  Bad guys have access to social media too.

7)  Forget that your flowers need watered and your lawn mowed.  Hire someone if you need to, but don't let the hard work you've done on curb appeal go downhill while you've got your toes in the sand and a Corona on the table next to the chair.

8)  Forget to tell your agent you're leaving town!!  We'll probably need to alter the showing instructions so you don't have to approve the showings while you're gone.

9)  Forget to take out ALL the trash before you leave.  Get the kitchen, the bathrooms, ALL of them.  You do not want the first impression of the buyers to be "EWWWWW" because you forgot about the leftover salmon you tossed before leaving.  That also means take care of the dirty dishes and dirty laundry before you go.  AND don't forget kitty's super atomic deposits in the litter box and Rover's landmines in the back yard.

10)  Forget to ask a friend to check the locks after showings.  Hate to say this, but sometimes agents aren't as careful as they should be about making sure a home is secure before they leave.  Going by and checking post showing is something we've regularly done for clients out of town.  Wish it wasn't necessary, but it's good to be cautious.

We could add some more to this list, but you get the drift.  Be careful, be available, and leave your home ready for the buyers to fall in love with it!

If you have other questions regarding real estate, please don't hesitate to ask us!

Serving Warren County's residential real estate needs,
Liz and Bill aka BLiz


The Liz Spear Team
Elizabeth & William Spear
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Kim Carlson 480-993-9384
www.NowSellingAZHomes.com - Mesa, AZ
Valley of the Sun Realtor, Seller Specialist

Good Morning Ann, this is good information, too bad you don't let other repost. Thanks for sharing!

Jun 14, 2012 12:51 AM #1
Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

I have to tell you that all of these thing have been done by clients in the past.  A caution is important so we do not have the problem in the future.

Jun 14, 2012 12:54 AM #2
Muhammad Mushtaq
Weichert, Realtors® - SBA Group - Fall River, MA

Ann, good reminders, especially the 1st one.

Jun 14, 2012 12:55 AM #3
Erv Fleishman
Realty Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Luxury Prop Specialist Realty Associates

Maybe they bring a buyer back from the Himalayas. No mountain is too high.

Best time to show a home is when the owners are away.....usually.

Jun 14, 2012 01:01 AM #4
Social Media, Email Marketing & Search Engine Optimization Specialist
PCS Online Solutions - Del Mar, CA

Good post Ann. I have seen some really bad lawns when looking at homes; and have come home when selling to find a door unlocked. So, nice pointers.


Jun 14, 2012 01:05 AM #5
David Grbich
Realty One Group - www.FindCARealEstate.com - San Juan Capistrano, CA
Orange County Real Estate - 949-500-0484

All good advice that makes sense. My pet peeve is when I submit an offer on a home and the seller is "out of town" and not reachable - who is not reachable in this era?? Thanks, Dave

Jun 14, 2012 01:08 AM #6
Ann Nguyen
eXp Realty - Truckee, CA
Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale
Good morning Kim! Since I reblogged this post from Liz & Bill Spear, you can always follow their original post and reblog.
Jun 14, 2012 01:16 AM #7
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Ann, Thank you very much for the reblog and the extra exposure for the message!

Jun 14, 2012 12:28 PM #8
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