Is it better to show your house occupied or vacant?
It’s better to show your house occupied than vacant. A decluttered, staged house feels warm and inviting. A vacant house feels cold and dreary. When a house is occupied and depersonalized a buyer can visualize himself living in the house. Buyers can also get a feel for furniture placement in a room when its occupied. This is critical for rooms that are awkward shapes or smaller rooms.
When a house is vacant there’s no furniture and personal possessions to distract the buyer. When viewing a vacant house buyers see every little ding in the baseboards, nail holes in the walls and nail pops in the ceilings, paint touch-ups where the paint didn’t match, drywall seams, and the uneven wearing of the carpet due to furniture placement. All of these add up to more work and more money for the buyers which they want neither of.
If due to your circumstances your only choice is to sell your house vacant, then take a close look at its condition after you move-out. Repair all the blemishes that the buyers are going to notice. Do a thorough clean of the home. Bring in some staging items to warm up the house. These steps will help you get your vacant house sold quicker and for more money.
We entrusted Jill Wente with the sale of our current home and purchase of a new home. From the beginning... read moreWe entrusted Jill Wente with the sale of our current home and purchase of a new home. From the beginning she was extremely up front and honest about exactly what we would need to do to get our house sold. We had an incredibly tight timeline, that she explained would be difficult to make - but she helped us make it happen and our house was under contract in 2 days! She had recommendations for all our home repair needs and they were all professional and fairly priced. She worked hard to really sell our offer for our new home - she was able to pull off the tight timeline, securing a rent back from our old house so we had time to move out, and a contingency for our new home. Definitely exceeded our expectations. She was so helpful along the way - as first time home sellers we really relied on her and we feel lucky to have worked with her! You will not regret working with Jill! read less