Whenever you hear that phrase, you know it means show business. After all, it's ready, set, go... right? But maybe sometimes we aren't quite ready? Sometimes the planning part of being ready isn't complete. And sometimes we don't even know it.
This past weekend, I met buyer clients at one of ten homes we planned to "see." For the record, we're looking in Central Phoenix with a budget up to $450,000. There are a lot of homes in that price range since Phoenix's median price is about $270,000.
Central Phoenix homes were built on average about the 1950's, but some are as old as the 1920's, and others are completely new thanks to investors. These homes vary in price from $145,000 all the way up to $8.7 million. There is literally something for everyone. Since there is such a vastly different supply of homes in Central Phoenix, the time it takes to sell these homes varies greatly. But one thing is for sure, they need to be show ready.
Being "show ready" means homes should be clean, painted, and with no odors. Another aspect of showing homes is to be able to "SEE" them.
In Phoenix, our temperatures have dropped to a pleasant 70 degrees, give or take. It's easy to understand why a home seller might consider turning off the power to homes that are not occupied. But, that's the last thing that should be considered when trying to sell a vacant home.
Showing homes this past weekend included one such home. The home was clean, staged, and a nice looking remodeled home built in 1957. But there was no power and my buyer clients used their cell phones to view the interior of the home. It was 2:00 in the afternoon, so outside light wasn't the problem, it was the inside of the home that was dark due to no power at the home. Homes of that era also have low ceilings and windows aren't allowing in as much light, eg darker interiors.
If you're selling a home that is not occupied, please keep the power turned on so that we can see the interior of the home. If you're going to the trouble of staging, cleaning and selling a home, it's a good idea to keep the power turned on. No Lights, Camera... Action this weekend!