Staging FAQ's-Can we leave our hurricane shutters up while we're out of town?

Home Stager with Redesign Etc. Home Staging Incorporated in TX

Great tips if you live in Houston's Bay Area and Galveston's Gulf Coast.

I'm sharing Kathy Streib, owner and home stager of Room Service Home Staging in Palm Beach County blog on FAQ's for selling a property on the Coast.

Living on the coast we always have to take precautions for hurricane season.  Kathy has devised a list for homeowners that have a house for sale on the coast and what to do during this season.

If you keep the shutters on the house it will be very dark inside, even with lights on,  and it may not show the view you may have.

Original content by Kathy Streib

Staging FAQ’s  - Can we leave our hurricane shutters up while we’re out of town?


When I’m providing a Home Staging Consultation around hurricane Home Staging FAW'sseason, this is a question that I get asked all of the time.  Hurricane season began June 1 and ends November 30, and yes, we’ve had hurricanes in the latter months. (Want hurricane tips?)

If you plan on being gone for any part of the season, it’s smart to think ahead.   However, your house will continue to be shown and you’ll want to take advantage of every viewing.  

Make sure your Buyers will still be able to see your property!

Here are 4 tips to help you while your house is on the market during hurricane season.


1.  Leave the hurricane shutters off and make arrangements with a company or service that will install them in the event a hurricane approaches.

You want your buyers to see the space and not feel as if they’re in a cave.

hurricane tips2.  DO NOT bring in all of your patio furniture and store it in your family room.


I’ve seen this done and all it did was eat up all of the space in the family room.  Hire a service or find a friend or relative who will bring your pieces in before a hurricane.


3.  If you haven’t already, make sure that your trees and bushes have been trimmed.

The time to trim is not when the hurricane is on the way.   Your limbs and shrubs will just become missiles since community resources will be focused elsewhere.  Besides, a freshly trimmed yard always looks better!

4. DO- go ahead and edit all of your miscellaneous pots, hanging items and yard art before you leave.

These items can become flying missiles in high winds, so now wouldn’t be a bad time to pack up what you will be taking with you to your new home.


If you’re putting your house on the market during hurricane season, don’t keep your buyers from seeing your property!     


 Kathy Streib 

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Comments (7)

Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

These are great tips.  Better to be prepared but not kill your sale also.

Jun 29, 2014 12:50 AM
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

Yes, Ricki, Kathy did a great job with this post, it's something we have to think about living on the coast.

Jul 09, 2014 06:45 PM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

Such a good post.... we need to remember it's not what we can withstand it is; can we withstand what is being blown at us in 175 MPH winds!

Jul 25, 2014 03:01 AM
Raymond Denton
Homesmart / Evergreen Realty - Irvine, CA
Irvine Realtor®

They're great tips, but if it were my house, I wouldn't trust a company or service to secure my shutters ... I feel they'd be too busy with everybody else, and I'd be last, and I'd prefer to be safe.

Jan 07, 2015 10:05 AM
Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin


Great choice for a repost very well put together. Have a wonderful week. 

Jan 19, 2015 01:32 PM
Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Cindy Bryant - Sending you best wishes and hope that you are not being greatly impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Aug 27, 2017 01:54 PM