Selling a vacant home is the easiest way to sell a property: You don’t have to deal with open houses, last minute showings and keeping the house spotless despite the kids and dog.
However, if it’s not done correctly, it can be more challenging, take longer to sell and perhaps for less money than you were hoping. Vacant homes are more difficult for Pacifica home buyers to envision themselves living in; and during the winter months vacant homes can be cold and dark. That lived-in, well-loved appeal may have left the home when you did.
It doesn’t matter why you had to move out of the house before it sold. What matters most is how you’re going to sell it. How do you market a vacant home?
You’ll need to spend some time – and some money – getting it right. But, since studies demonstrate that it takes significantly longer to sell an unfurnished home, the investment of your time and money will be completely worth it.
Want to know how to jazz up a vacant home? Read on.
DIY home staging
If you have an eye for design, consider staging at least the most important rooms in the home which include the kitchen, living and dining rooms – the master bedroom, if you can, is a good choice too. Even if you aren’t particularly decorating-inclined, your agent will have tips and may be able to help you do a less expensive, limited stage that will still give you the benefits you’re both looking for.
The key to successful staging, however, happens before you decorate. Cleaning the home, from top-to-bottom and removing your excess belongings gives you a clean slate on which to work magic. And paint is always a miracle worker.
Sometimes just a few well-placed pieces of furniture and accessories will help a home look more welcoming for Pacifica home buyers.
Hire a professional home stager
If you have more money than time or patience, hire a professional home stager. For a predetermined fee, the designer will bring in furniture, accessories and arrange them in a manner that shows off the home’s interior for maximum appeal to Pacifica home buyers.
Don’t neglect the yard
The front yard landscaping is especially important when a home is for sale. Curb appeal is what entices (or repels) Pacifica home buyers to enter the home. Keep the lawn green and mowed, the beds free of debris and shrubs and trees trimmed.
Studies prove that a furnished home sells 78 percent quicker, and for closer to asking price than a vacant home. Yes, selling a home with no “life” in it is challenging, but not impossible.
Are you thinking of buying a home or selling your Pacifica home?
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About the author: The above post “Make your vacant home irresistible to home buyers” was provided by Vicki Moore of RE/MAX Star Properties.
With over 20 years of experience, if you’re thinking of selling or buying, we’d love to share our knowledge and expertise.
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