Actually this statement is a myth, in fact the opposite is true, empty homes often sell faster than occupied homes.
Vacant homes often sell faster for several reasons, but again it all depends on condition. A vacant home that is clean, in good repair, and priced fairly will sometimes sell fast because the rooms will appear larger without furniture and clutter, buyers can easily visualize their furnishings in the home, and most agents prefer to show vacant homes because they can go with some flexibility in the appointment window.
How To Prepare Your Vacant Home For Marketing
The best tool I will suggest after all the furniture is gone is to have the house professionally cleaned from top to bottom. A good move out clean as they are referred to will include vacuuming and cleaning kitchen cabinets. All surfaces are cleaned and I recommend carpets are also steam cleaned. Staging is not absolutely necessary.
Keeping Your Vacant Home in Showroom Condition
If you know the average marketing time for a home in your neighborhood, you’ll likely expect to be on the market for 1 to 6 months. (Depends on location and price). Empty homes are harder to sell if they start showing signs of neglect. This can be as simple as dead bugs on the carpet or in a bathtub.
Hire a Realtor that’s going to care about your home and take care of these things. Our fluff and flush service, included for vacant homes if you are not local, will get rid of bugs and we’ll flush the toilets and add cleaner as needed to keep them sparkling. Believe me when I say buyers do not like “gross”, and bugs and dirty toilets fall right into that definition.
What About Your Plumbing, Insurance, Lawn, Weeds
Flushing the toilets and running the water keeps your plumbing going. You will need to keep your lawn mowed and those dreaded weeds will take over at a moments notice! Also be aware of the conditions of your home insurance policy. Most policies allow 30 days vacancy but after that you’ll need to check with your insurance agent. This is critical if you have a mortgage, you may not be insured!
How Can Absentee Owners Accomplish Success
Hiring the best Realtor, one that has both experience in selling empty homes and can deal with taking care of homes on behalf of absentee owners. It’s quite simple, we are the best. Our property management experience means looking after your home will fit right into our schedule. We know what to do to keep your home in tip top showroom condition. It will sell faster.
Why Didn’t My Vacant Home Sell Then?
OK so you’ve got an empty home for sale and it’s not selling, or you tried and gave up because it didn’t sell. Either way you are now looking for answers. Consider all of these:
- You are overpriced. This will be the number one reason simply because price can overcome any objection.
- Condition. Your house is simply out of date. You can overcome these objections by updating or price reductions, your choice.
- Your house is dirty, has bugs or other “gross” items. It’s truly amazing the reasons buyers will reject a house.
- You have some other “problem”. Close to a busy road is a prime example.
You should get a new home estimate and look at the comparable sales. If they have a better location, you’ll need to price lower. If they have upgraded kitchens and bathrooms and you don’t, yes you’ll need to price lower. Are you strategically priced?
If you have an empty home to sell contact us for the best service. We’ll give you an honest opinion on your pricing, we keep your home sparkling clean for showings and our internet marketing cannot be beat. By the way of you are an absentee owner home seller, we use digital signing for all paperwork, you’ll never need to come to town. Simply mail us the keys, we’ll take care of the rest.
Call Corinne at 847-363-3686 and let her know you have an empty house to sell.