Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: What Sellers Should Do When Leaving for Vacation

What Sellers Should Do When Leaving for Vacation

 Tips for Your Home When Leaving on Vacation

Life goes on even when selling your home. That very important summer vacation may have been booked months or years ago so there is no need to worry that just because you are selling your home, you can still leave for a few days and the selling can continue. There are some things you must do to make sure all goes well while you are away. Above all, you don't want the marketing or the showings to stop because you are out of town. 

When going on vacation 

Check this list to make sure all is in order.

  1. Tell your agent when you will be gone and how to get in touch with you.

  2. If you will be out of touch or without Internet a few days, make a plan to check in on certain dates and times.

  3. Give your agent a phone number for a family member or friend that will know how to get in touch with you.

  4. Make plans to have your plants or flowers watered, There are services for this.

  5. Contact a mowing service and keep your yard looking manicured. 

  6. Stop your mail delivery while away,

  7. Put some interior lights on timers so it will look like you are at home.

  8. Leave your home clean and showing its best.

  9. Flush all toilets, remove all trash and make sure no dirty clothes are left in a washer or hamper. Wash the dirty dishes before you go.

  10. Of course, if you are leaving pets at home, make sure you have a pet attendant watching out of them and keeping their space neat and clean. Pet should not be present for showings.
  11. Don't publish on social media that you will be gone. Save those photos for posting when you return.

  12. Leave your home's temperature comfortable for showings.

The home selling will continue and with a little good luck, your home will sell while you are away.


When you are ready to sell your Clarksville TN call The Real Debbie Reynolds at 931-320-6730. 

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Clarksville, TN 37040

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Comment balloon 13 commentsDebbie Reynolds • June 12 2018 02:05AM


Great list Debbie!  We have so many clients that leave here for the summer... and they need to do all of things!  Kathy

Posted by Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886 (California Lifestyle Realty) 6 months ago

Those are 12 great reasons that I read your blog post daily Debbie.

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) 6 months ago

Debbie all awesome advice, seems so many times when my sellers left the area aka wen to Europe or Asia that is when I got the offers thanks to DocuSign life was good:))Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 6 months ago

These are good tips - if you are selling a house, you do need to have plans to stay in touch and keep the house show-ready.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, 6 months ago

All terrific suggestions, Debbie. I have always been a fan of not publicizing all of one's movements on social media. And many of these tips are great whether you're selling your home or not.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC) 6 months ago

I love the post. I hope home sellers will read it too 

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 6 months ago

Great information and timely as well, Debbie.  Many folks are preparing for their summer vacations and these tips will come in handy.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 6 months ago

This is very good advice to share with home sellers.

Have an outstanding week.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 6 months ago

I read some tips of yours earlier on a reblog and I definitely feel like you have great tips, consumers should certainly follow your blog for these tips!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 6 months ago

Good morning Debbie Reynolds,

I'm so glad that Gabe Sanders re-blogged your post!These tips are so appropriate for our sellers this time of the year!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) 6 months ago

Wise words...we had this converation not long ago...grass cut or snow shoveled all those things need attention...ALL the time !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 6 months ago

Hi Debbie

This is such an important topic and sometime sellers do not think about the impact of being gone while the listing is active or while in a transaction - any travel plans should be discussed well in advance. But there are plenty of ways to plan for being away and dealing with the issues you noted. And with communication these days it's pretty easy to stay in touch pretty much anywhere.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 6 months ago

Great info Debbie.  #11 is so important these days.  Thank you for compiling this very important list for sellers

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) 6 months ago