Life has a way of throwing us curveballs when we least expect them. One day you can be running a board meeting and the next you are being transferred three states away. There are many instances when you need to list your home without much notice. The little things you do when this happens can help make all the difference. The more you think like a buyer the better off you will be. If you are listing a vacant property here are some tips to help you sell quicker and for the highest possible price.
Keep your house warm. Across the country this has been one of the mildest winters on record. Even so it doesn’t mean you should turn the thermostat off. The odds are the temperature will drop at some point. When it does you don’t want your buyers walking into a cold property. Every minute they are in a cold house they will be thinking about the temperature and not the property. Keeping the house warm will come at an expense but it is the single most important thing you can do to attract buyers with a vacant property.
Use plenty of lights. In addition to a warm house buyers also want to see it bright. Since there is no furniture or décor to add appeal a darkly light house will seem drab and boring. Instead of adding fixtures you may be able to get away with switching light bulbs to a higher wattage. Improved lighting not only gives your buyers a chance to fully inspect the property it gives a warm feeling to all rooms.
Consider staging. When moving suddenly you may decide to take all of the furniture with you. There is nothing wrong with this but you should consider how your property shows. You may think that you are leaving buyers with a blank canvas but this may not always be the best thing. In most cases a furnished room shows better and increases appeal. If your house is vacant you should think about having it staged. Staging companies furnish your home with everything from couches to lighting. The cost various depending on the size of your home and the items included but is well worth it.
Set up weekly inspections. It is easy to forget about a vacant property, even when you are selling. If you are too far away to drive to the property it is important to find someone to make weekly inspections for you. This could be anyone from a family member or a handy person you are friendly with. The goal is to make sure everything is looking good and running smoothly. If the temperature has dropped you need to run the faucets and get water in the lines so the pipes don’t freeze. A vacant property is also susceptible for theft and damage. Weekly inspections won’t prevent them but they will catch the problem much quicker.
Selling a vacant property doesn’t have to be a challenge if you take the necessary steps.