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Have a Vacant Home You're Trying to Sell? Consider Home Tending

Reblogger Toni Dorigatti
Real Estate Agent with Jette Youngblood Real Estate

Original content by Alan Barker

Yesterday at our weekly office meeting we had representatives of Prestige Home Tending come tell us about their services. This caught me as a great idea, something that can be very valuable for people who have already relocated and are still trying to sell, as well as for people who want really cheap rent for really nice homes.

Right now there are thousands of vacant homes in Utah, especially of the more expensive variety. Vacant Homes sell slower, get more low ball offers, are more suseptible to vandalism, and can be substantially more expensive to insure. 

One solution to overcoming vacant home syndrome is to get people to live in them. With Prestige Home Tending this costs the sellers nothing, but gives them a lived in, professionally staged home, and someone to take care of it.

Here are some of the things having home tenders does:


  • It makes the home alive.
  • Saves them money on:
  • Utilities
  • Lawn care
  • Snow shoveling
  • Lower home owners insurance. A non occupied home insurance averages 6 times more than an occupied home.
  • Less chance of vandalism
  • Catch problems before they become a crisis, such as water line breaks or damages.
  • Enhances curb appeal

Prestige home tending makes sure they get qualified, responsible tenders. To qualify as home tender, applicants must pass furniture checks, ensuring that their furniture is professional enough to accomplish staging purposes, as well as background checks. The home tending companies also perform random weekly checks to make sure the home is always in tip top condition and ready for home showings at a moments notice. Home tenders are employees and will move the people out if there are any problems.

The owners of Prestige Home Tending also own a moving company, Smooth Movers, and will provide moving services for the home tenders. Prestige home tending is currently available for Cache Valley Homes, Brigham City Homes, Weber County Homes, and Davis County Utah Homes.

Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Toni,  I'm glad that you re-blogged this because I missed it the first time. And I hope a lot of people read this post because this is such an important concept.  Besides the increased cost of insurance, there are many companies that will cancel the insurance on vacant properties.

Nov 03, 2009 05:06 PM