Sunday, December 27, 2009


I recently came across this basic list of what sellers should consider to get a vacant property sold. Plus doing these things and more can keep the property from being targeted as vacant and thus vulnerable to invasion.

Give the house a lived-in look. Get a neighbor or family member to make the house look occupied by parking a car in the driveway, opening and closing the drapes and taking in any mail. A simple timer on a lamp can give that lived in look.
Groom the yard. Use a lawn service during the summer to keep the grass cut and a snow removal service in the winter to scrape the walks and driveway. Simply raking the leaves in the fall can make all the difference.
No outstanding nicks. Hide the effects of missing furniture. Paint and replace rugs so there are no faded spots or blemishes on the walls. Cover accent paint that alone looks odd.
Leave some furniture. A few chairs, tables, lamps and beds (or empty mattress boxes with spreads) give buyers a sense of space. Plus it helps them picture their own furniture in the room.
Keep the utilities on. Set the thermostat at a comfortable level during the winter and summer. This is a must in order to get the property sold not to mention it keeps pipes from freezing in the winter and floors from warping in the summer.
Hire a cleaning service. Make sure the home remains spotless. Or do light cleaning yourself saves money and helps keep you aware of any changes that might be occuring with the property.
Check the homeowner’s policy. Understand the coverage when the home is vacant. This is very important and can save the day if a problem occurs.
These are just some of many tips to consider when leaving a home vacant and on the market for sale. In these economic times there are many reasons for having to leave a house vacant but being smart about it can save you from more headaches.

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