Why do you suppose that spiderwebs outside the house are magical works of art and inside the house they are sort of creepy and makes the house feel dirty? In the world of real estate it doesn't matter! Cobwebs inside your house never look good to the showing agent OR the buyer. Never. Unless your name is Munster and if you want to sell your property for a good price, use common sense. Even if it is vacant, keep the property looking good.
One of the houses I showed yesterday (of eight) was vacant but obviously no one has been doing routine maintenance on the house. The listing photos looked great, real life not so much. The grass was overgrown, the deck paint was peeling, several wasp families had attached their nests to the soffit and the best part of all was the massive cobweb on the deck railing extending to the front door handle and lockbox. Nice, real nice. I doublechecked the address and made sure we weren't at 1313 Mockingbird Lane.
Of course once that shudder break was over and the door opened, we had to find a stick to brush out the cobwebs in the entry. Ick. Ick. Ick.
What a shame. The house was okay and probably would have been a possibility except for the unkempt appearance. If that wasn't bad enough, not only did we have the cobweb encounters but the electricity was turned off at the main. Fabulous. Don't you know the trip to the basement was fun? Oh yeah, I went. I figured that even though the buyer I was with wasn't smitten with the house it might work for someone else.
Listing agents...please! (and I am one) There is a good chance that you might sell your own listing but really, we all know that more than likely it will be one of us worker bees Buyer Agents. Talk your sellers into leaving the darned electricity on and spend a little money keeping the grass cut and the house swept. There is still plenty on the market for buyers to choose from and personally? professionally? This Buyer Agent is going to recommend that if the house can't be maintained to show well, beware that maybe it hasn't been maintained at all and if this is the house they want, let's let the offer price reflect the apparent condition.
It's an investment folks. Do you want to sell this house or not? Most agents work their tails off to sell your property, and it isn't necessarily always the listing agent. Use common sense, keep the property looking good.