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Selling a vacant home

MARKETA JONAS-HAGY

In a perfect world, the closing on your current home would coincide with the closing on your new property. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Work requirements, or other circumstances, may require you to move out before your current home is sold. Now the home will be vacant, and void of furnishings when potential buyers visit. Showing a home under these circumstances requires some additional work.

– When all of your belongings are removed, you will see once-hidden imperfections on floors, carpets and walls. Take the time to professionally clean wall-to-wall carpets and touch up the walls. Scratched and damaged wood floors should also be repaired or refinished. If there is more significant damage, consider replacing flooring or repainting the entire room.

– In a vacant home, cleanliness is paramount. You do not want the home to be dusty and musty smelling. Floors will also get dirty as potential buyers and their agents walk through the property. Consider hiring a cleaning service to keep up with the cleaning demands.

– The same principle applies to the outside. Grass must be mowed, leaves raked and snow cleared. Clearing the snow off your driveway and walkways is especially important in our mountain environment.

– Lighting is another important factor. If a room does not have overhead lighting, make sure to leave behind a floor lamp. An outside motion sensor light will help with evening showings of your property. Have the cleaning service replace bulbs as necessary.

– Providing a small photo album, with pictures of the home before you moved out, is also a good idea. Now buyers can see what the home looked like when it was filled with furniture and fully decorated. A photo of the home’s exterior during each of the four seasons is also a nice touch.

MARKETA JONAS-HAGY is a real estate broker with Century 21 Gold on Main Street in Frisco. She has been helping clients with their Summit County real estate buying and selling needs for over 16 years. You can reach Marketa at (970) 668-2121 ext. 215, (800) 548-0021 or by e-mail at marketa@colorado.net. Go to c21summitcounty.com. to search and view properties for sale in the Summit County MLS.


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