After you get done laughing, you’re probably asking yourself… why is that baby so freaked out about house vacancy? Trust us, it’s for a good reason! There are quite a few dangers that come along with owning a vacant property, but luckily, for you, we’ve created –
1. Sell Quickly, Or Else…
Sell a vacant home asap is critical. Liabilities of a empty home can include:
Wanton damage and Theft
Trespassing or Squatting
Neglecting Regular Maintenance
Fire or Water Damage
2. Appraise & Make Your Best Guess For the Cost of Repairs
Taking the initiative to get an appraisal automatically gives you credibility as a seller, and minimizes the time taken to negotiate. Prospective buyers who can see an appraisal will feel more at ease with your asking price and, in-turn, with their offer price. No matter whether you plan to repair the property before you sell, make sure to get repair estimates from more than one source. Your “jack of all trades brother-in law” may “know” what s/he is talking about, but believe us, ask for many different professional opinions it will save you time, money, and give you a step up when negotiating the sales price. Make the negotiations as simple as possible on yourself… get quotes on any percieved needed repairs.
3. Leave The Utilities On!
Papa, always said turn out the lights before you left, but in this case leave the utilities on:
Leaving the utilities on will help prevent weather damage
If the utilities are off, buyers get the idea that the property is in need of more repairs than in reality, for example, “Well, honey the lights, heater/ac, or water don’t work, that will cost us a pretty penny.”
Keeping the utilities on will definitely make it more comfy for everybody seeing the house. It gets hot out here in the summer and nippy in the winter.
4. Have To’s If You Are Going To Make Repairs
If you are the DIY-er type and want to get the house ready before sale, unless you have a ton of the required experience please do not. First of all, you will have to spend time and money in the house, and if the repairs aren’t extremely effective you’ll more than likely be throwing your spare time and money out the window.
If you are going to attempt the repairs yourself, and somehow don’t complete all those “super simple” repairs, make sure to disclose them to the prospecitve buyer. Most people don’t know this, but you can still be found answerable for needed repairs you do not notify the buyer about, even in an as-is sale. We’re not saying it’s hopeless, but make sure you measure twice and cut once.
5. Sell The Dream- Stage The House
People buy with their emotions, make your home light, bright, charming, charming. The smell of freshly baked cookies, brings out the best memories in all of us.
An empty house with no furniture makes prospecitve buyers work too hard to imagine what your house can be.. Make it easy on potential buyers by showing them how each space can be used.
6. Secure the House
Lock the house up! To protect your house from intruders, make sure the house does not look vacant. Here’s some tips:
Get automatic lights, it gets dark, they go on!
Be sure that random items are picked up by someone. One of the best signals that no one is or has been home is the accumulation of phone books, door hangers, newpapers etc. Ask a local neighborhood kid, $5 goes a long ways when your 13 yrs old.
Have your local community watch member who may or may not have mace keep an eye on the house. Believe you me- s/he’ll enjoy the authority/responsibility you’ve entrusted them with.
Or you can make it look like your house is chock full of people. Anyone remember the party scene from House Party?
You can do all the above, or you can call Glymph Properties.
We make our living by buying houses in every concievable condition across the country. We have everything you need to make selling your home as simple as possible. We are here to help you in your selling, our patient process is what makes us stand head and shoulders above our competitors.
If you want to chit chat, give us a call at: 888.509.6267 or shoot me an email at [email protected]
Thank you for reading, and good luck selling!
For more details, please visit the page here at: Six Industry secrets to Getting The Most For Your Vacant San Antonio House
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