Once you have moved everything out of your old home, it will look a little lifeless, especially if you are trying to sell it. Vacant homes might give an aura of neglect and lack of maintenance. They also tend to draw the focus of potential buyers on flaws like faded or peeling paint. They are also more susceptible to vandalism, theft, and trespassers. It is essential to take the time to keep everything looking nice and in good working order. While you cannot always show your house as a “home,” you can show it as a potential home creatively enough to allow potential buyers to envision their family living there. Understanding what a buyer looks for in a home is also essential. Here are some useful ideas for selling vacant houses successfully.
Maintain the Lawn
Hire a landscaper to maintain the lawn. This includes mowing the grass, keeping the weeds down, trimming, and taking care of the landscaped areas. If you are trying to show your home at its best, having lawn debris lying around is a big turnoff for potential buyers. The lawn and outdoor appearance of your home is its first impression on a new buyer. Always do your best to make sure it’s a good one.
Clean the Home
A vacant home will not look messy or cluttered, but it can look dusty and dreary. Hire a cleaning service to come in once a week and make sure everything is wiped down and dust-free. If you can leave a few furniture pieces in the home, they must always look clean and tidy. Carpets should be freshly vacuumed, and floors mopped. Keep the ceiling fans wiped down as well. Do not forget to sweep the garage, driveway, and sidewalks as well. A few minutes of making the inside of your home shine will hopefully make it sell much faster.
Leave the Lights On
When you show your home, you want it to look and smell nice. Leaving the utilities turned on can help with both. With your electricity on, you can keep utilities like lights and ceiling fans running on minimal power. Having the lights on allows the potential buyer to visualize what the home actually looks like with people living in it. Additionally, it will enable possible ideas to help a potential buyer see the house in a brand new light. Keeping the utilities on will also allow you to maintain a security system to protect your home while it is sitting vacant.
Keep Ceiling Fans Running on Low
Your ceiling fans do so much more than merely helping to heat or cool your home. They also circulate the air and prevent it from becoming stagnant. Keeping the air moving throughout your home can actually reduce odors and will keep rooms smelling fresh. Place a few air fresheners in the rooms of your home will keep it smelling nice. The cost of running ceiling fans on low is minimal, so you do not have to worry about running up your electric bill.
If you are selling an empty house, you need a realtor who understands how to make it look its best without the benefit of furnishing. The experts at Andraya Coulter can help you prep for the best possible home deal in the market. If you are in a hurry to sell your old home, call and schedule an appointment with us today!