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Selling a Vacant Home?

Whether you're listing your second home or moved before you could close on your last space, selling a home that's empty can be a bit more challenging than selling something staged.

Once furniture is removed from the home, you will notice all kinds of imperfections you never paid attention to before – rips in the carpet, holes in the walls, and dinginess. It's true that in an empty house, everything stands out. What you see is what potential buyers will also see. Below are a handful of tips to put your home's best foot forward.

Detail. You may need to paint, tear up old carpet, and replace the kitchen floor. Whatever it takes to make the space feel fresh and flawless.

Stage if you can. To get rid of the “empty house” feeling, leave a few pieces of furniture behind, if you can – simple things like a lamp, chairs, and a table can really transform a room.

Pay special attention to maintenance. Someone will need to dust and vacuum, leaves will need to be raked, and the grass cut, especially if you're no longer located near the property and aren't coming by for routine checks.

Cut the heat. In the winter, consider having the heating system shut down and drained to save money. But keep the electricity running because lights will be needed to show the house.

Sniff test. Watch out for that musty smell, particularly during the summer months, that settles in from having the windows sealed and locked. And beware of pests such as mice, squirrels, ants and bats. 

As a Member of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network®, I have a wealth of real estate and homeownership information that may be of help to you. Feel free to contact me any time to learn more about this important information, and be sure to forward this article on to any friends or family that may be interested as well.

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