Preparing an unoccupied property for the market is a little bit different than arranging one that’s currently being lived in. Maybe your home didn’t sell quickly enough, and you just couldn’t pass up on the perfect place you found! Or, maybe you own several properties and had a tenant move out unexpectedly or have acquired a newly built house.
Whatever the reason may be, if you find yourself with a vacant home on your hands that you need to sell, these tips will help you do it successfully!
Enlist help with keeping an eye on the house.
You’re probably not going to be able or want to drive over to your empty house every day, especially if you’ve moved long distance. Make sure you take the appropriate measures to keep the property safe and protected.
Alert local authorities and ask them to make a note of your vacant home. This way they they’ll recognize any strange activity and can even schedule a drive-by every so often. It’s also a good idea to inform your old neighbors that your house will be unoccupied for a time, so they can be attentive and check in every once in a while, with an extra key.
Make it look occupied.
The best way to both entice buyers and deter criminals is to stage your vacant home so it looks lived in. Your most efficient and cost-effective option is to have a professional staging company come in to make the place look inviting to potential buyers and inhabited to criminals.
There are also a few little things you can do to make your home look occupied in addition to home staging! Keep the lights on or put them on a timer to give off the impression that the house is being used. Don’t forget to grab the newspaper and mail every few days either, so it doesn’t build up, create clutter, and signal an easy target.
Keep up with landscaping.
Don’t let the exterior of your vacant home fall to the wayside! Occupied or not, the outside of a home is the first impression buyers get of the space—make sure it doesn’t look neglected and unkempt. Boost curb appeal by mowing the lawn frequently and maintaining the front and back yards.
Trim the shrubbery and sculpt the garden and other greenery surrounding the property. A nice set of porch furniture and a welcome mat make a nice, charming touch too.
At Red House Staging & Interiors, we offer several packages to fit the needs of homes of every size and style, whether it’s an empty property or a full house. Contact us today to learn more about our budget-friendly, and high-end services, and watch that vacant home of yours fly off the market in no time!