Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: What Should I Do When It's Time to Move and My House Hasn't Sold?

What Should I Do When It's Time to Move and My House Hasn't Sold?

Making Preparations to Leave Your Home Vacant 

Summer is moving time for many sellers and when you have to go, your home may not be sold and closed. Though it is a hot market, some homes take longer to sell or it takes longer for the buyer to get financed.

 

In Clarksville TN with our military population, sellers have to report to their new duty stations and that means they may must move as their orders state. This can be a concern for sellers especially if this is their first time to sell a home.

It's moving time

 

Since this is a very active market, my recommendation is to keep the home on the market and not give in to the temptation to rent it.

There are steps to take to make sure that your home looks well-cared for even when you are not living there. Your goal is to attract buyers and get the best price and above all a quick sale.

There will likely be some financial pressures coming from the expenses of the move, the your new home and the home you are leaving on the market.  Do not turn off the utilities or fail to maintain regular lawn care. It is absolutely necessary for the home to be in showing condition and to look like it is being cared for. A home that looks neglected or abandoned turns buyers off and calculates into low offers.

Consider these if leaving your home vacant and on the market for sale.

1) Keep the curb appeal looking good. You want it to look like someone is living in the property and this includes keeping shrubs trimmed and pools clean and an inviting blue.

2) Temperatures are hot outside.  When the sun is bright and summer temperatures set in an uncomfortable house is a turnoff. Make it cool for showings. Installing a programmable thermostat will help keep your costs under control. Too hot a house may make the buyer think something is wrong with the air conditioning system.

3) Let their be light. Even with long summer days and lots of sunlight some rooms need extra illumination to show their features. Leave good lighting and supplemental lighting if necessary. If the buyer can't see it, they won't buy it.

4) Turning off electric is bad for the home. The extreme heat can damage drywall tape causing lifting. Wood floors like conditioned air and don't respond well to extreme temps. 

5) No utilities makes a buyer think that you may be in a financial crisis. Having your utilities on will make the house feel like a home and have you ready for an offer and the home inspection and appraisal. It may even save you new deposits and connections fees if you were to turn them off.

6) Water heaters--Turn the breakers to the off position to save money on the water heating costs. When it is time for the home inspections the home inspector will know to turn them back on to check out the unit.

7) Turning water completely off can cause future leaks. The pressure of turning water back on can create pressure points at plumbing joints and cause leaks that weren't there before.

8) Keep window blinds semi-open. Closing blinds completely makes your home look unoccupied. It will also make it dark and hard to show inside.

9) Your agent will be watching your house but also ask a neighbor or friend to watch it.  Another set of eyes is always a good thing to make sure nothing seems amiss or needs attention.

10) Notify your insurance and mortgage companies you are moving.  Make sure you have proper insurance coverage for your vacant home and mail forwarded. Stop all newspaper delivery and trash pick up.

Don't forget that showings produce traffic in the home and there is dirt on people's shoes. Bugs have a way of finding a way inside and toilets get water rings. Have a light housecleaning done every few weeks.

Taking steps to see that your home looks cared for and ready for buyers will be in your best interest by attracting buyers to take a look. Soon you will get an offer. If you have a home in Clarksville TN and would like to know what you home is worth, contact The Real Debbie Reynolds at 931-320-6730.

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Comment balloon 24 commentsDebbie Reynolds • June 04 2017 02:02AM

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Debbie awesome advise as always and needless to say this applies to all geographic areas where sellers are faced with this dilemma, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 22 days ago

Common with our homes here too, many military leave before listed, let alone sold. Utilities on for certain and gardeners still retained for yards. I keep an eye on the place for them too. Great tips here in your post Debbie!

Posted by Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor,CRS,ePro, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast (Big Block Realty 858.232.8722) 22 days ago

Always leave the utilities on....yicks ...good list for Sellers when relocation calls before the home is sold.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) 22 days ago

Good advice, but houses in this market are moving fast so if ours is not, you need to re-assess your sale

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 21 days ago

Debbie, I have a couple of listings like this, and the home is now vacant, and tough to keep up with the snow shoveling and lawn mowing.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 21 days ago

In Oklahoma City very often people do rent their homes when they can't sell. Usually this is becasue they paid a premium and owned it for a short while. We call them accidental landlords.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 21 days ago

Hi Debbie, great list for people who have to move beofre their house is sold- we have several 2nd homes that are left vacant during long periods of time and these same recommendations would apply!  Thanks!

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) 21 days ago

This is excellent advice to share with home sellers.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 21 days ago

Debbie excellent tips for home sellers that have a vacant home on the market. I can't imagine sellers turning off the utilities in our summer heat - that would be death to just about any sale.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 21 days ago

Debbie good advice.  Some times Sellers are penny wise and dollar foolish.  It is OK to be prudent with your money, but it is not prudent to make it more difficult to sell a property.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 21 days ago

Debbie.

Some  excellent advises.

Thank you.

Posted by Shahar Hillel, Mortgage Consultant, Loan Officer. (Augusta Financial Inc.) 21 days ago

Debbie

Your post is right on point when the has not been sold and the sellers leaving it vacant it has to be prepared to be vacant.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) 21 days ago

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. We hear this asked often in our military market. I agree it happens all over.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 21 days ago

Hi Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS, we agents have to help our military sellers and homeowners along.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 21 days ago

Agree that the price needs to be looked at but with the military they get very short orders, William Feela.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 21 days ago

Keeping utilities on is a must, Sally K. & David L. Hanson.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 21 days ago

It is a big responsibility on the agent, too, Joan Cox.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 21 days ago

Many of our military do decide to rent and never go on the market for sale. Others want no part of it, Joe Pryor.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 21 days ago

Hi Shahar Hillel, I appreciate your comment and hope all is well.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 21 days ago

Hi Lou Ludwig, I hope many sellers will find it of value.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 21 days ago

Agree with that George Souto that is why the care and utilities must go on.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 21 days ago

Turning off the air sends a strong message that the seller is hurting and in trouble, Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 21 days ago

Thank you Roy Kelley and hope this will help sellers.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 21 days ago

Yes I can see how that would be the same for the 2nd home market, Mary Douglas.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) 21 days ago

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