Selling a Vacant Home in New Orleans
Whether you've already moved to a new home here in New Orleans or even to a new state, there are some things you need to know about selling a vacant home. From utilities to maintenance, you still need to keep up with a property while it's on the market. Just because a home is empty doesn't mean that things won't happen.
Keep the lights on
Budget for electricity, water and gas while your home is on the market. It might be a pain, but there are a couple of reasons that we make this suggestion.
- Air conditioning and heat control the climate in your home. We all know how hot and humid our summers are and if you don't run the air, you may find yourself dealing with mold and mildew remediation.
- Buyers aren't going to stick around long enough to visualize themselves living in your house if it's 100 degrees outside and even warmer on the interior. You won't get a second chance to impress them.
- In Louisiana, the purchase agreement states that the seller will provide the utilities for inspections. It can be tempting to say "I'll turn them on when I get an accepted offer", but we've seen that bite back before. City code says if the power (or gas or water) is off for 6 months and 1 day, you have to bring everything up to current building code before they can be turned back on. Don't step over dollars to pick up pennies!
Arrange for lawn and garden maintenance
I've seen way too many beautiful yards and gardens go to pot after an owner moves out. Since curb appeal is an important part of making the phone ring, hire a service to maintain your landscaping if you can't do it yourself.
Keep it clean
Empty homes become stale. Dust settles. Cobwebs appear overnight. And those pesky palmetto bugs seem to always find their way into the bathtub before going belly up. Hire a monthly service to make a pass through and ensure that everything stays spic and span.
Pool and pond maintenance
There's not much that's a bigger buyer turnoff than seeing listing photos of a sparkling, blue pool and arriving to a green pit that may or may not be harboring mosquito eggs. Keep the pool skimmed, cleaned and up to date with the necessary chemicals.