Make your vacant home irresistible to homebuyers

Hank Bailey
Hank Bailey
Published on February 26, 2019

Let’s face it, not many of us have the vision it takes to see the lifestyle that an empty room might provide for us and our families. This is why paint stores, for example, offer clever apps that allow us to see how a new color will look in our space and why model homes and condos are staged.

Yes, selling a vacant home can be a bit more challenging at times than selling one that is occupied. A vacant home may lack that feeling of “home” when you walk in the door and not even offer a hint of the simple, blissful moments with family and friends that one might realize under their roofs.

That lived-in, well-loved appeal may have just left the home when you did!

It doesn’t matter why you had to move out of the house before it sold. What matters now is how you’re going to sell it — how does one market a vacant home? You’ll need to spend some time getting it right, but the investment of your time and money will be completely worth it.

Want to know how to jazz up a vacant home? Read on.

DIY home staging

The most cost effective way to stage your home is for you to do it! If you have an eye for design, consider staging at least the most important rooms in the home. Even if you aren’t particularly decorating-inclined, you’ll find brilliant DIY staging tips online at Better Homes & Gardens, HGTV’s “Designed to Sell” and A&E’s “Sell this House.” Also, don’t forget about great ideas that Pinterest offers by searching “staging a house to sell” in the Pinterest search bar!

The key to successful staging, however, happens before you decorate. Cleaning the home, from top-to-bottom and removing your excess belongings gives you a clean slate on which to work your magic.

Often, just a few well-placed pieces of furniture and accessories will help a home look lived-in.

Hire a professional home stager

If you have more money than time or just don’t feel you have that “eye” for staging your home, hire a professional home stager. For one fee, the designer will bring in furniture, accessories and arrange them in a manner that shows off the home’s interior for maximum appeal to homebuyers.

Most homeowners spend between $433 and $909 to have their homes staged, according to statistics posted at ImproveNet.com. Prices vary by region and according to the size of the home, how much staging you require and the home’s price point.

Don’t neglect the yard

Finally, don’t forget curb appeal! The front yard landscaping is especially important when a home is for sale. It’s what either entices (or repels) people to enter the home. Keep the lawn green and mowed, the beds free of debris and shrubs and trees trimmed.

Studies show that a furnished home may sell 78 percent quicker and closer to asking price than a vacant home. So yes, selling a home with no “life” in it that’s lost it’s “homey feeling” may be a challenge, but not impossible.

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