What Sellers Should Do When Going on Vacation

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Clarksville TNWhat Sellers Should Do When Going on Vacation.

It is time for your annual vacation and your home is on the market for sale in Clarksville TN. By all means go ahead and go, enjoy yourselves and hopefully your home will sell while you are relaxing on vacation.

But to insure that this will happen there needs to be some preparation on your part Mr. Seller to make sure all your ducks are in a row.

What Sellers Should Do When Going on Vacation.

  1. Be sure to let me, your agent know you plan to be away and your travel plans.
  2. Notify me of your connectivity. Will you have your phone and be available via internet if an offer comes in? What about fax or printing access?
  3. Is there a family member or friend that will be able to locate you if I have trouble getting through? May I have that information?
  4. Have you made arrangements for your plants to be watered, yard mowed, newspaper stopped and mail picked up?
  5. Leave your home in showable condition. Do not leave food out, dirty dishes out or in the dishwasher, garbage in the inside cans or dirty clothes out.
  6. Please don't leave pets unattended in your home. 
  7. We will not be advising other agents you are out of town so don't broadcast it either. Leave your thermostat at a reasonably comfortable setting for the benefit of those viewing the home.
  8. Asking a neighbor or friend to drop by and check on the house frequently is a good idea. Checking at different times is advised so no routine pattern can be established. Also ask your  friend to rotate turning on an interior light to help make it look occupied at night.
  9. To be on the safe side, let's plan a check in between us on an preset date or dates. If anything needs to be discussed we'll have a back-up plan.
  10. Relax and enjoy your trip knowing that I am working hard for you to get your home sold.

What Sellers Should Do When Going on Vacation. The selling doesn't stop while you are away. 


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Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

Homes always sell when the seller is out of town!  Or when the agent is on vacation - that's always how it happens! :-)

May 21, 2013 07:10 AM #26
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Oh Barbara Jo it has happened. Something unexpected comes up or the husband thought the wife told the agent. I have had to track down sellers and it isn't fun.

Francine, It is Murphy's Law of Real Estate. I do love it when it happens.

May 21, 2013 07:59 AM #27
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Debbie~ your list makes perfect sense, and is wise to follow....SUGGESTING this blog is a must....

May 21, 2013 08:18 AM #28
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Thank you Jon, Hopefully it will be helpful to many sellers in making their summer plans.

May 21, 2013 08:28 AM #29
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Debbie, it is Murphy's law - I can't begin to tell you how many stories I've heard of contracts coming in the day before heading out for vacation or while on.  But, it's all about communication, for sure!!!!

May 21, 2013 10:07 AM #30
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Juli, I am happy to see them go and hope for the best in the way of a contract waiting to come in as soon as they hit the city limits.

May 21, 2013 10:54 AM #31
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Great advice for the vacationers Debbie. When they get back they can sign that offer that you got for them. :)

May 21, 2013 10:58 AM #32
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

Thank you for posting this valuable information Debbie.  I'm actually going to copy it and use as a handout for Sellers when they go out of town. 

May 21, 2013 11:46 AM #33
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Debbie, I can't believe this hasn't been featured yet.. hope it's not too late.   There is nothing worse than sellers going on vacation and not leaving instructions on how to get a hold of them.  Typically, that's when you need to present an offer!  :-)

May 21, 2013 11:53 AM #34
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor
Debbie, great post. I like Bette's plan to copy & give to sellers. However, it is amazing how many forget to tell their agent about their plans.
May 21, 2013 11:54 AM #35
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I talk about this with all new listings.  It is so important especially if I need to get an offer to them while they are gone.

May 21, 2013 01:34 PM #36
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
Debbie, many of your points are so much common sense and yet sellers still need to be told these things.
May 21, 2013 01:56 PM #37
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Tom, Hopefully I would have already gotten the contract signed via e-signatures. But if not I will be ready.

Bet, Go for it and share. I hope it helps.

Silvia, Glad you sent me the email. I will be thinking of you. Business should flourish for you the next few weeks.

Mary, They do and every year someone else forgets.

William, That is the time to address it and then remind them again.

Nick, It is what I have learned from my experiences. Especially the back up plan for a scheduled check in, I have had to use that one often for overseas travelers.

May 21, 2013 02:12 PM #38
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Debbie - sometimes we suggest sellers go on vacation/take a trip the first week the house is on the market for sale.   Showings can be easier, sellers are not hassled and when they return hopefully there will be offers ready to review(in many cases we set a date and publish in the agent only MLS remarks that offers will be reviewed on a certain date).   

May 21, 2013 02:15 PM #39
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

A wise list - and one item there is for everyone, not just sellers: For heaven's sake don't broadcast the fact that you're going to be away. That's like an open invitation for burglars.

How many times have we heard of someone telling their Facebook friends about their vacation plans - or about children telling their friends - only to come home to a disaster. People forget that it's not just friends who are watching on line.

May 21, 2013 02:29 PM #40
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Really great advice, hopefully all follow these suggestions. There is nothing worse than coming on from vacation and seeing problems.

May 21, 2013 07:23 PM #41
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

In addition Debbie, Marte is absolutely correct. Not only mentioning your vacation plans on FB, but vacationers should NEVER mention their current locations, (many people allow the GPS locator on FB).  Thieves are brilliant, and I suppose there are groups targeting travelers far away from home.

May 21, 2013 08:27 PM #42
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Great advice for the upcoming vacation season, Debbie.

May 21, 2013 09:22 PM #43
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

That's great advice and so timely, too. Have a great day.

May 23, 2013 04:45 AM #44
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Debbie,

Wonderful tips here and I am sure many potential sellers in your area will be impressed by this post. It gives the rest of us some good tips to pass on as well to our clients. Thanks for sharing.

Jun 05, 2013 02:04 PM #46
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