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Staging for Snowbirds

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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Comment balloon 40 commentsKathy Streib • October 19 2015 05:01PM


Good morning Kathy! This is definitely a time to be prepared! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) almost 5 years ago

Great tips to get snowbirds to purchase.....they're going to buy something if they haven't already.....make it yours.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Kathy.  It is that time of the year.  If only I had the time and money, but alas right now that isn't in the cards.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) almost 5 years ago

Hi Kathy.  Traffic jams and long waits at the restaurants.  Nice time of the year.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Kathy Streib ,

Snowbirds are excited to escape the cold and come to your area to enjoy all the Delray Beach has to offer. They don't want to utilize their precious time to devote to updating a property! Excellent tips on getting a home ready to sell to the many snowbirds that are looking!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Kathy,

Great tips for any area and time of year.

Import some snow and throw it on the driveway to make us feel more at home!

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) almost 5 years ago

Kathy - this is a good point.  My sister moved to Florida 20 years ago and has a hard time thinking of the cold North.  The snowbirds see fall and winter in Florida through a different lens.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) almost 5 years ago

Thank you for the great tips. i will share these with others.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Kathy and well done. I agree that second home buyers have no interest in major projects.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 5 years ago

Good morning, Kathy Streib that's a great list to provide to potential sellers....but those sellers would be wise to just call you for guidance and then they will be assured of doing everything properly.... that's how homes sell at the first showing...

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) almost 5 years ago

Kathy-That is the last thing I want to do as well. I want to just enjoy life.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) almost 5 years ago

Most of the birds we know will not take flight until next month...great heads up for pepole who are marketing to them !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 5 years ago

I think the need for it being move in ready is critical for snow birds!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) almost 5 years ago

Excellent advice!  A lack of maintenance will send those snowbirds flying right out the door!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 5 years ago

I would love to say our roads are now moving easier and traffic flowing a bit faster now that they are all down in your area, but all the leaf peepers have taken the snow birds place. 

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) almost 5 years ago

Kathy Streib provides a sampling of how this all works. Contact her for more

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) almost 5 years ago

Hi Kathy -- while I find most buyers want move-in condition, I'm sure it's extra important for snowbirds.  After all, they want to enjoy all of the benefits of a vacation and most people don't like home improvement projects when they can be doing all of  the fun things available.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 almost 5 years ago

Never really thought about it, but it makes sense to stage for specific seasonal buyers.

Posted by Ralph Gorgoglione, Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407 (Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes) almost 5 years ago

Hi Kathy Streib , 

While other places around the country are starting to settle in for the winter, we get a tremendous influx of those who want to see the Fall colors as well as enjoy warm weather.  Sedona has a local population of 10,000 and we get 4 to 5 million visitors a year! As I am sure is the case in Florida as well as other seasonal tourist locations, locals know time and the places to go to avoid the tourists.  

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Realty) almost 5 years ago

Kathy - A great list to remember exactly what snow birds usually want... Well done!

Posted by Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Christie's International Real Estate ) almost 5 years ago

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.  We are also paying a lot more for imported items from throughout the world since a large number of goods are priced in USD in international commerce regardless of the country of origin.

Posted by FN LN almost 5 years ago

I tell my sellers...snowbirds do not want to do a thing but move in some furniture and relax. Do not leave the carpet and offer a carpet allowance. Replace it!

Posted by Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes (Waves Realty) almost 5 years ago

I think this is excellent advice for staging anywhere.  And you reminded me I have so much stuff to do.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 5 years ago

Great tips that apply to our market here as well.  I really like Sheri Sperry 's picture above and the fact that fall starts here when the license plates start to change color, rather than the leaves, haha.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) almost 5 years ago

Kathy, it's so funny that almost of the best staging advice columns are aimed at staging for a particular group, but they apply to appealing to all buyers!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

Kathy Streib I think that if I owned that DelRay Beach house I would want to rent it to them for the season. Matter-of-fact I would like to have several DelRay Beach houses to rent out by the week.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

Can't wait to be a snowbird. Hopefully the person I'm renting from read your article.

Posted by Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS, Selling Your Home as if it were My Own! (Panorama R.E. Limited) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Kathy. Outstanding post, it sure is great for snowbird and the rest of us as well.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) almost 5 years ago


Yes, this is definitely what the snowbirds are looking for.  We were just in Naples  last Wednesday, and the influx is there also.  They want to have that sunshine feel.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) almost 5 years ago

exactly.. show off florida the way we get to enjoy it year round with bright and sunny!

Posted by Mark Loewenberg, KW 561-214-0370 (KW of the Palm Beaches) almost 5 years ago

I purchased 2 condos on the beach in Destin,Florida and have snowbirds in them every winter.

Posted by Mike Frazier, Northwest Tennessee Realtor (Carousel Realty of Dyer County) almost 5 years ago

Kathy another great post. Snowbirds are a specific niche  and you know exactly how to stage a home for this segment. Updated & move-in ready is what they all say they want here in my area.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) almost 5 years ago

Kathy, these are all great tips and things that all sellers want to do before listing their home for sale.  All buyers want move in ready ... with the exception of an investor/flipper.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) almost 5 years ago

Excellent advice.  I like that the phrase "bring your home into today."

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) almost 5 years ago

Hi Kathy - Our buyers must be snowbirds too, because all of those staging tips work really well for them too.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) almost 5 years ago

It's snowbird season here as well! I'll be blogging about all the golf courses and retirement communities in the coming weeks!

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty (Zion Realty) almost 5 years ago


Congratulations on the gold star on an outstanding post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 5 years ago

Put yourself in their heads says it all Kathy. Great blog today.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) almost 5 years ago

It was a hard thing to do when my sellers went south for the winter and left me to do what had to be done.   Setting things up the way I felt was right took cooperation on both sides

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) almost 5 years ago

Kathy Streib sometimes I think I should be a snowbird - come winter and fly to south - either FL or CA! (I love both San Diego and Orlando).

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) almost 5 years ago

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