What Should I Do If I Have A Vacant Home?

Published: 08th April 2015
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Just because a home is vacant does that mean it cannot sell? Of course not! There is always someone willing to look at any type of property. Even if the home is vacant because you didn't want it you will eventually find someone who can take it off your hands and do with it what they please.

There are many reasons a home has to be vacant when it is sold. Sellers may have to move out before the home is sold, the property may belong to a deceased family member, it may have been rented out before and the seller is unable to find new renters, and the list goes on. When selling a property we tend to think it has to have all the lovely staging and furniture so buyers can imagine themselves moving right in and making it home sweet home, but that may not always be the case. There are many people who buy houses who are looking for vacant homes, and your supposed "pitfall" of selling a vacant home may be your saving grace.

While you are waiting to sell your vacant home you have to be sure to keep it up, and maintain it and secure it properly. Since no one is living there, vacant homes are often the targets of vandals and squatters. If the home is in a neighborhood known for vandalism and break ins be sure to secure the property with a fence and an alarm, always lock it up and consider even covering the windows and the doors with VPS steel. You may also want to ask a friend or neighbor who lives in the area with the vacant property to check in periodically to make sure everything is secure. Don't neglect the importance of curb appeal either. This can make a huge difference for a vacant property. Keep the outside of the home looking as someone lives there. By keeping the grass cut, leave raked in the autumn, and snow shoveled in the winter the home won't look neglected which can be a red flag to buyers.

You also want to make sure that you do not neglect the inside of the house either. Keep the temperature adjusted to ensure that it is comfortable and to ensure that pipes don't freeze during the colder months of the year. You also want to run the water once in awhile to make sure that the standing water does not cause any problems with water that has been left in one place for too long.

A vacant home may sometimes feel cold due to not having any furniture in the home. New homebuyers want to be able to picture themselves in the home that they are about to buy. If you are selling your house to an investor that does not mind buying a completely empty house it would serve you well to have a few eye catching rooms that can help the house sell faster. Without spending a lot of money you can add a few decorations around the house that will make sure a buyer wants to take a second look. You can add little touches like a shower curtain, some throw rugs and towels in the bathroom, or some toys in a small bedroom, or you can even put a little table set in the kitchen to give it the feel of a home.

Knowing that you are not at a disadvantage because you are selling a vacant home can give you the confidence to compete with the fully furnished home. Some house buyers are even at ease with the idea of a home that does not have all the clutter they may be used to seeing during their home search and investors love vacant home that they can close on quickly. Vacant homes are not a stumbling block in your selling journey and with an open mind and a little upkeep your home can sell as fast as a fully decorated one.


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