Seller Checklist When Leaving a Vacant Unsold House

Reblogger Gayle Barton, Forsyth County Real Estate
Real Estate Agent with BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY Georgia Properties 157561

Gayle Barton – South Forsyth Real Estate, Cumming GA - 706-455-0180  

Fellow Real Estate Agent, Debbie Reynolds, of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty in Clarksville,TN provides an excellent checklist of things sellers who’ll be moving before their home has sold should be mindful of.

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Original content by Debbie Reynolds TN Broker: 208698

Seller Checklist When Leaving a Vacant Unsold House

Moving vanSummer is busy when it comes to moving and many homes in Clarksville TN will not be sold when the sellers move out. This poses a concern for sellers as to what they should do if they want to continue to keep it their homes on the market for sale. Making sure that a house looks like a well-cared for home is important so as to attract buyers and get the best price and a quicker sale. 

With expenses from the new and old home coming in, there is a tendency for sellers to want to scale back, to shut off utilities and delay lawn cutting services until it is absolutely necessary. This is not the time to scrimp and make your home look neglected or like it has been abandoned.

Consider these items when leaving your vacant unsold house:

1) Curb appeal will help get buyers in the door-- Keep your lawn on a routine cutting rotation. It needs to look like someone is living there. Don't forget the shrubs and trees limbs grow too and don't let them get out of hand and overgrown looking. 

2) It's hot outside-- Outside temperatures can be over 90 degrees and going into a hot house is a turnoff. If it is cool you will have buyers take time to look at the house instead of only thinking about how quickly they can get out of the hot house and back into a cool car. It is okay to turn the thermostat up a few degrees higher than normal. This will still feel cool to a buyer coming in from the outside.

3) Buyers need to be able to see the features--Even during the summer months a home without lights can be dark and not a pleasant showing experience.  If the showing is in the evening hours without lights, an agent is wasting their time and a buyer cannot see whether they like the house or not.

4) Not having climate control is bad for your home-- Sheetrock tape can pop, cracks appear, doors and trim separate, flooring can become unglued and lift. Keeping your air on helps protect your interior finishes.

5) No utilities makes a buyer think that you may be in a financial crisis--Having your utilities on will make the house feel like a home and have you ready for an offer, the home inspection and appraisal periods that do require utilities be on. It may even save you new deposits and connections fees. Turning utilties off can also strain the systems and cause problems with surges when they are turned back on. Just leave them on.

6) For plumbing fixtures-- it is okay to turn the breakers to the off position on your water heater and turn water shutoffs off at sinks, etc. Nobody should be using these and a home inspector will know to turn them back on to check them out.

7) Keep blinds semi open-- Closing blinds completely makes a home look unocuppied, dark when showing and may invite thieves or vandals.

8) Have a neighbor or friend keep an eye out-- A neighbor doing a routine check every few days will help give you peace of mind. Your agent should help monitor the property as well. 

9) Let your insurance and mortgage companies know you are moving--  Make sure you have proper insurance coverage for your vacant home. 

9) Touch up housecleaning--Showings produce foot traffic and dirt. Bugs die and counters, window seals and light fixtures may get dusty. Toilets get water rings. Arrange to have a light clean up to keep the house looking ready for buyers and smelling good.

Seller Checklist When Leaving a Vacant Unsold House.

By assuring that the house looks cared for and ready for buyers your home will be looked upon favorably by buyers and hopefully you will get an offer soon. If you have a home in Clarksville TN and would like to know what you home is worth, contact Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent Debbie Reynolds at 931-920-6730.

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Jennifer Provencio
San Diego County and Central Valley - Oceanside, CA
The Reverse Mortgage Speciailist

Excellent checklist!! So true for summer months... Leave the air on. We live in 100+ degree days. Even set at 85 it can feel cool compared to 108!

Jul 01, 2015 07:40 AM #1
Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

Great advice, thank you for sharing.

Jul 01, 2015 07:41 AM #2
Michele Connors
The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County - Greenville, NC
Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor

Good post topic...sellers pack up and go , and homes are really not made to be on auto pilot until a buyer comes along !

This past weekend 4 of 4 vacant homes I showed to my buyer clients had roaches...big scary roaches. The buyers were not impressed. 

Jul 01, 2015 08:02 AM #3
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

I wish more people would leave the AC on at least to somewhat cool, 115 degrees in Vegas right now and the 2nd story of vacant homes is almost unberable. Great check list before leaving town.

Jul 01, 2015 08:06 AM #4
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
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Gayle - Thanks for sharing this in a re-blog. Debbie has provided some excellent advice for home owners who have a vacant home to sell.

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