Staging FAQs...What to Do If You Are Leaving for the Season or Vacation.

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Staging FAQs...What to Do If You Are Leaving for the Season or Vacation.

If you are a snowbird with your home on the market and wondering what to do before you head north, here are 8 tips that will help your home continue to keep it coolbe in show ready condition.

Even if you won’t be heading north for the summer, you may have a vacation planned and will need to make sure that your home will continue to show well.

8 Tips to Help Your House Show Well When You Are Gone…

1. Keep Your Air Conditioner ON and Cool!

Now is not the time to try to save pennies when it could cost you the sale of your house. Who wants to look at a home when it’s cooler outside than inside. Buyers will bolt!


2. Do NOT put your Hurricane Shutters up!

Yes, hurricane season begins June 1, but if your house is on the market, you still need to let your buyers see what they’re buying.

And, even if you have every light on in the house, how will your buyers be able to get out to the pool/patio area?

Make arrangements for someone to install them before you leave!

house with hurricane shutters


3. Keep the backyard area looking like the oasis your buyers are looking for.

Don’t take everything in leaving your buyers to look at...well nothing! How can they imagine themselves outside enjoying our tropical weather if all they see is grass or a pool with no lounge chairs or tables?

You also don’t want your buyers to have to envision your family from without the extra lounge chairs and tables taking up every square inch of the room.

4. Make sure your lawn service is doing its job!

Most lawns in South Florida need mowing twice a week in the summer. Everything grows faster here anyway, so make sure your service is on top of everything. And, have a friend or neighbor drive by to check on it for you.

5. Leave your buyers in the light!

Your agent may not be able to turn every light on before a showing, so don’t leave your buyers in the dark.

Choose lamps or lights and leave them on. Put some on a timer if you can!

clean the pool6. Make sure that your pool service is there when they are scheduled to be.

If you have a pool, then you know that this is a huge selling point.






Our hot summer temperatures can cause pool water to look like swamp water if the right chemicals aren’t used.

7. Even if you’re not there, your house still needs cleaning!

Your service, if you have one, may not need to do the type of cleaning they would if you were in town, but there are still things that need to be kept up.

They should wipe down countertops, flush toilets, mop/vacuum floors, and make sure things smell clean and fresh.

Also, have them check your entry for spider webs and other areas that need cleaning.

8. Finally, ask a friend, relative, or neighbor to check on your house

Your agent will do their best to double check the integrity of your house and its condition but your house isn’t the only listing they have. They are focused on the marketing of your property!


Whether you’re gone for the season or just a short vacation, use these tips to make sure your home looks its best!


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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning,  Kathy - once your property goes on the market for sale, it ceases to be truly is "on stage". That matters a lot and especially for those sellers who plan to leave.  Smart tips.

May 08, 2018 04:54 AM #5
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Plus turn off you water you can't believe how many floods happen when homeowners leave for months and washer hose burst and now we have a nice flood. Happens more times than one might think.

May 08, 2018 05:48 AM #6
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

This is good advice for home sellers. Thank you for sharing 

May 08, 2018 06:01 AM #7
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Great suggestions, Kathy (for something I don't ever need to deal with, especially those hurricane shutters!). But I'm always telling my clients here not to turn off their a/c in the summer just because they are at work all day or away for a brief vacation.

May 08, 2018 06:08 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Great tips and they should also be having someone check on their property weekly or monthly.  If a toilet is leaking or a sink or something, the home could flood in a matter of days.

May 08, 2018 06:19 AM #9
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I always can tell when season is in or out by the car transporters. Always see them around Loggerhead Park on US 1.

May 08, 2018 07:27 AM #10
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

The ever faithful friend who checks in/on things...a treasure for sure !

May 08, 2018 07:42 AM #11
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Excellent tips Kathy.  It's amazing just how many condos I show in the summers that are dark, hot and stuffy.

May 08, 2018 07:58 AM #12
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

This is a good list for any owner of a vacant house, not just those leaving for the season when selling. Although, I have to admit, we don't have hurricane shutters in Sacramento nor in Kona. I guess it beats boarding up your windows.

May 08, 2018 08:02 AM #13
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Fantastic post!  It's not about pinching pennies when you are trying to sell.  Keep it cool and light it up.

May 08, 2018 08:30 AM #14
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Featured in the group: BARTENDER, MAKE IT A DOUBLE.

May 08, 2018 08:31 AM #15
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - Great post - anther gold star in the making!  When I owned two homes I made sure that our Sedona home was always turn key and needed little maintenance.  Our landscaper watched out for everything. When we put our CA home up for sale we followed your advice. (Of course no storm shutters LOL!) . 

Sellers in the Palm Beach county area of Florida would be wise to give you a call for your assistance with all their staging needs. They will be happy they did. 

May 08, 2018 08:48 AM #16
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is a wonderful list to follow for those who leave their second home.  As usual you have done a great job.  A

May 08, 2018 09:55 AM #17
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Barbara Todaro your home would have been staged perfectly and priced right so it probably would not have been on the market for any length of time!!!

Wayne Martin most are gone, I think!  Now ready for hurricane season?

Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida I saw a home several years ago that had been shuttered for the hurricane season. Every piece of patio furniture was in the family room and you couldn't move!

May 08, 2018 11:46 AM #18
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dorie Dillard our friend who is in a small condo building on the beach had a meeting in April so that every owner knew what to do before they left for the summer. He was the only one in the building during Hurricane Irma and all 10 units leaked!

May 08, 2018 01:31 PM #19
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Michael Jacobs it's so important to make arrangements for someone who will ready your house if a hurricane comes. 

Donald Urschalitz a good one to add to the list!  

Gita Bantwal Thank you!!! Appreciate your stopping by. 

May 08, 2018 01:34 PM #20
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

My parents will be making their yearly visit north very soon. They head back on the 14th! Just in time to see new house!

May 08, 2018 08:06 PM #21
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy great wisdom in this post, now for those who are on the colder climates, if I may add, have the snow being shoveled on as needed basis:)Endre

May 08, 2018 11:32 PM #22
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

There is a lot of preparation one needs to do prior to going on that vacation.  For me I pack in my toothbrush, and that's about it.  My wife takes care of all the rest 

May 09, 2018 02:15 AM #23
Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

So true-keep the lights & utilities on and especially the temperature comfy!

May 19, 2018 12:09 AM #24
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