Selling Your Home ~ Vacant
Easier to show. Coordinating schedules with the agent and the sellers is a piece a cake if the sellers don’t live in the home. The agent can just head over and use the lock box to access the home whenever it needs to be shown.
Cleaning. One of the most challenging parts of living in a home that you are showing regularly is keeping it clean. No matter how dedicated you are to closing a sale, it can still be annoying to have to interrupt your day to open up your home for buyers to look at. When you don’t live there, you don’t have to constantly adjust your schedule.
Clean slate: While not the case for everyone, there are a percentage of buyers that have a much easier time picturing their own things in a vacant home. Homes that are cluttered tend to turn off these kind of folks very easily. They can’t see beyond what’s their. There are always going to be a percentage of buyers that have a lack of vision.
Feel vacant. Part of the appeal of a home is its warmth and coziness. But when no one is living there, a home will tend to look hollow and empty. You can always hire someone to stage the home using props, but that is an extra cost that you may not want to incur. Surprisingly, vacant homes tend to feel smaller.
Signal urgency. When a home is vacant, quite often it is assumed by home buyers that there is a level of urgency on the sellers part. On many occasions the owner may have already purchased another home and is carrying two mortgages.
May require special insurance. There are many insurance companies that do not treat occupied homes and vacant homes in the same fashion. More often than not, a vacant home will be far more expensive to insure.
Seasons. Vacant homes still need to be shoveled in the winter, leaves cleared in the fall and grass cut in spring and summer.