Staging for Snowbirds

Reblogger Lenn Harley
Real Estate Agent with Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate 303829;0225082372

Timeless Advice from Kathy.


"Put yourselves in their heads."

If a new agent doesn't understand anything else, THAT piece of advice is the best piece of advice they will ever get.



Original content by Kathy Streib

Staging for Snowbirds


You can tell by the traffic on A1A and Atlantic Avenue that the Season is here snowbirdsand the snowbirds are back. It means cooler weather, more fun events, and more people interested in making Delray their winter or permanent home.

Many real estate agents have already alerted their sellers to this and were ready to hit the market running!  But the season is just starting so if you are thinking of selling your house or using it as a seasonal rental, here are some tips for staging for snowbirds.

1.Put yourselves in their heads.

Snowbirds have their primary homes up north.  Coming here for the winter is a way of escaping the cold and for many it’s their investment in the future for when they retire.

2.Make it Move-in Ready

It goes without saying that most buyers these days want move-in ready homes but is even more true for snowbirds. If they are down here to buy, they want to be able to move in without having to wait while updates and repairs are made.


High on a snowbird’s list will be a property where little has to be done on their part.  Address any repairs and deferred maintenance now.

As a snowbird buyer walks through your home, they will be making a mental list of items that must be fixed or repaired, and that will might delay their being able to use their new home after closing.


You may think that the new owners will want to paint the property their own color, and they might.  But you won’t want to take a chance that they will be able to see past your very owner specific deep purple bedroom or all white walls that say nothing.

pool area5.Give them what they want!

They’re here in South Florida.  They want to see the sunshine and the outdoors!  

Clean your windows.

Trim any trees and bushes that hide your home.

Make your patio area an oasis! Invest in a comfortable patio set with chairs and a table.

Add plants and flowers so any buyer can see this as their home away from home.


6.Update If your budget allows consider making some updates that will bring your home into “today.”

Consult with your real estate agent or home stager to see what updates can bring you the best return on your investment.  We can show you how to stage towards the latest trends.

The snowbirds are here and if you plan on selling your house you can follow these tips to help get your home sold.



 Kathy Streib 

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Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Lenn, We don't see much snow in my area, but Kathy sure does an excellent job of preparing homeowners to sell their homes in any kind of weather.

Oct 19, 2015 11:17 PM #1
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Great in TN we have snow but nothing compared to some places. Thanks for sharing!

Oct 19, 2015 11:19 PM #2
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Jerry.  Kathy lived in the Northern Virginia area before moving to Florida.  She knows how to speak with snowbirds.

Norma.  I admit, I don't like snow and would  not live one inch farther north.


Oct 20, 2015 12:18 AM #3
Toronto, ON

I suspect that Canadian snowbirds will be buying a lot less US property over the next while.  The Canadian dollar has been devalued by approximately 20% so far this year.  It also means that many people are making few trips to the sunny south this year as well.

Oct 20, 2015 12:19 AM #4
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Marc.  But, but, but, there was just an election.  Isn't that going to solve all of the problems????

Oct 20, 2015 12:27 AM #5
Rosemarie Heindel
Harry Norman Realtors - Big Canoe, GA
Rosemarie Heindel

These are very good tips to help sell to the snowbirds. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a lot of sales during the snowbird season!

Oct 20, 2015 01:40 AM #6
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