Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds

Checklist for Sellers Leaving Town Before It’s Sold

If you have to leave your home before it is sold

you need to make sure it is cared for until the new owners buy and close on their new home. Sellers that want to continue to keep their homes on the market need to make certain the showings will continue. A house needs care even if nobody is living there.

Moving van

Absentee sellers tend to want to scale back on expenses, cut off the utilities and use lawn cutting services only when the grass is knee high. Don’t give into this temptation. Keep it looking like a home that is loved and cared for by the owner.  You don’t want your home to look neglected or abandoned. This checklist can help you keep your home looking good until closing day.

1) Forward your mail- If you still get the newspaper delivery, discontinue it. If you get frequent deliveries via FedEx or UPS notify them that you have relocated. Packages at the door and newspapers in the driveway attract thieves.

 

2) Curb appeal gets buyers in the front door-- Neatly trimmed landscape and lawn makes the home looked well maintained. Failure to cut the grass makes it look like the seller doesn’t care and devalues the property.

3) Keep the thermostat at a moderately comfortable level- In summer set your control at 78. This will still be comfortable for showings. In the winter 62 degrees will feel warm when coming in from freezing temperatures. Don’t make the buyer question whether the heating and cooling unit is working. A comfortable house will keep the buyers looking longer.

 

4) Buyers like light- I suggest leaving a light or two on and have you check-in person rotate them throughout the house. Cloudy day or evening hour showings go better with a little light along the way.

 

5) No utilities on makes a buyer think you are in financial trouble- Keeping your utilities on will make the house feel like a home. You will be ready for an offer and all the inspections. Turning utilities off can strain the systems when they are restarted.

 

6) Plumbing lines and fixtures-- I suggest turning the circuit off to the water heater. This will keep your water heating bill in check. The home inspector can easily reset it to check that it is working properly when you have a contract.

 

7) Turn blinds to let some light in- Closing shades and blinds all the way makes for dark unpleasant showings. The goal is to attract buyers not turn a buyers off with a dark house they can’t see.

 

8) Ask a friend to keep a watchful eye- A neighbor is the best choice to do a routine check on the property inside and out. You never know when a leak or storm damage may happen.

 

9) Notify your insurance and mortgage company you are leaving-  This may result in a different kind of insurance coverage and you need to make sure you are covered.

 

10) Light housekeeping- Have routine touch ups done to remove the wear and tear of foot traffic dirt and to keep cobwebs and dead bugs swept up. Flush and swish out the toilets and sinks. Put air fresheners or bowls of vinegar around to keep it smelling fresh.

 

Assure that your house is buyer ready and looks like the owner of the home still cares. For Clarksville TN Real Estate click here or contact Debbie Reynolds at 931-320-6730.


Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net/stuartmiles

 Centruy 21 Platinum Properties2130 Wilma Rudolph Blvd.

Clarksville, TN 37040

When you need Real Estate services in Clarksville TN

                  it would be my pleasure to assist you!                             

Debbie Reynolds
"The Real Debbie Reynolds"

Check out all Clarksville TN Real Estate on My Website

                   
                   
931-771-9070 Office | 931-320-6730 Cell

Clarksville TN Homes 

                 

 Google Plus       Follow me on YouTube       

  

Comment balloon 30 commentsDebbie Reynolds • March 28 2016 08:46PM
Checklist for Sellers Leaving Town Before It’s Sold
share
If you have to leave your home before it is sold you need to make sure it is cared for until the new owners buy and close on their new home. Sellers that want to continue to keep their homes on the market need to make certain the showings will… more
Easy Curb Appeal Fixes That Won't Break the Bank
share
You Don't Have to Spend a Fortune to Grab the Buyers' Attention We all know that curb appeal gets buyers in the front door. Once they are inside the home may grab them and they may make an offer. So what can a seller do to get that curb appeal that… more
Do Kitchens Matter to People that Don't Cook?
share
Do Kitchens Matter to People that Don't Cook? Should you worry about your outdated kitchen when so many people do not cook? As the seller you have limited funds to make your home market ready and don't know what to do with you outdated kitchen. A… more
Big Mistakes Home Sellers Make That Cost Money or Even the Sale
share
Big Mistakes Home Sellers Make Have a Costly Price to Pay Some things just don't change and sellers tend to keep making the same mistakes over and over. Based on a survey done by over a thousand real estate professionals a couple of years ago, these… more
6 Ways to Kill a Sale Before the Sale Has Begun
share
6 Ways to Kill a Sale Before the Sale Has Begun Agents work hard to get listings because when you have inventory you have potential for future income. That is true if the listings are primed and ready to sell and the agent and seller are in accord… more
How to Prepare for a Spring Sale When Snow is on the Ground
share
How to Prepare for a Spring Sale When Snow is on the Ground If the idea of moving in the spring is on your mind you may be feeling a little bogged down with all the snow we have had. You may be thinking this will delay your plans for moving but it… more
Now Sold 3439 Hickory Glen, Clarksville TN
share
Now Sold 3439 Hickory Glen, Clarksville TN This fine looking home caught the eye of some first time home buyers and they wanted to make it their own. This Meadows of Hearthstone home went under contract and less than a month later it is closed. The… more
Don't Wear Your Feelings on Your Sleeve, Mr. Seller
share
Don't Wear Your Feelings on Your Sleeve, Mr. Seller Selling a home can be brutal, especially from a seller's perspective. I can seem that the cards are stacked against you when in fact with the right representation the situation can be very much in… more
Now Sold, 3809 Harvest Ridge Dr. Clarksville TN Villas at Meriwether
share
Now Sold, 3809 Harvest Ridge Dr. Clarksville TN Villas at Meriwether There is a happy buyer living in this Villas at Meriwether home. It makes me happy too when I see one of these cottage style homes get sold. This is one of the cottage style homes… more