Welcome to the StringhamWest.com Blog

2019-11-21 11:36:19
3 Importat Tips for Selling a Vacant Home

Selling Vacant Homes

Many homeowners need to move to the new home before the old home sells. Sometimes it’s a tenant that has moved out before the home goes on the market that causes the home to sit, vacant. As you can imagine, selling an empty house is a bit of a challenge. Not only are there the insurance, maintenance and security aspects to consider, but also the appeal to the potential buyer.

Staging a home for sale is becoming more common as homeowners learn how valuable the process is. It is even more valuable when the home is vacant. Since studies show that a home without furniture takes 78 percent longer to sell than a furnished home, and the latter sells for closer to asking price, consider the following to maximize your profit on the sale of the home.

Hire a professional home stager

These designers bring in everything from furniture to accessories and arrange them in ways that appeal to a homebuyer’s emotions. “Most homeowners spent between $348 and $803,” to have their homes staged, according to the professionals who are members of ImproveNet. Check out their handy calculator that will give you a better idea of the costs in your ZIP code.

Stage it yourself

Making a home looked lived-in, when it isn’t, is a big job, even for professionals. But the good news is that you won’t necessarily need to stage the entire home, according to Kerry Derwent-Robb at HomeStagingHints.com. She recommends that you stage the dining and living rooms and one or two bedrooms. If you feel you lack that interior designer flair, get some ideas and inspiration online at HGTV, on Pinterest or at HomeStagingChannel.com’s YouTube channel.

Stage it virtually

Yes, there are virtual stagers and they can change the color of walls, switch out the flooring and even add virtual furniture. The danger in this method is that if a buyer likes what he sees online and shows up to tour the home in person, the first thing he’ll notice is that the home looks nothing like its photos and he may feel deceived. You can get around this by making it clear online that the home is virtually staged.

The price? It varies but Kim Palmer of Minnesota’s Star Tribune says that virtual staging may cost up to $100 per photograph, but you can find virtual stagers online that charge as little as $40 per photo.

Hire a professional tenant

We don’t get it, but some people don’t mind moving frequently, especially those that are “resident managers” that work for home staging services like Showhomes. This process takes staging to an entirely new level and homebuyers will not only see a furnished home, but a lived-in home, complete with a stocked refrigerator and clothing in the closet.

The managers bring their own upscale furnishings and accessories and they even pay their own utility bills. Showhomes pays for the homeowner’s additional insurance costs.

Home managers aren’t suitable for all homes. In fact, Showhomes will only work with homeowners whose homes are listed at $500,000 or more. Their fees run from $1,000 to $3,000 and some companies also ask for a percentage of the sales price.

While selling a home that is vacant may be unavoidable, there are even simple ways to make it look lived-in. You owe it to your bottom line to do all you can to make the home as attractive to buyers as possible.

 
Blog Archive
2019-12-05 14:39:00
6 Tips for Selling your Home in Winter

2019-11-21 11:36:19
3 Importat Tips for Selling a Vacant Home

2019-11-14 13:38:39
Everything you need to Know about Home Warranties

2019-11-04 15:57:06
Is It a Good Time to Buy a House?

2019-11-04 15:54:57
How much can you afford?

2019-11-04 15:54:05
Buying A Lot Vs. Buying A Home

2019-08-13 18:58:24
How to Appeal Your Tax Assessment

2018-10-11 12:04:00
Utah Home Foreclosures Ping Drastically

2017-09-26 10:32:18
How The Equifax Hack Affects Buying And How You Can Protect Yourself

2016-11-29 13:36:54
Preparing Your Home For Winter

2016-09-27 17:09:15
Purchasing Power is High Right Now!

2016-09-27 14:16:56
Understanding Private Mortgage Insurance And How T

2016-09-06 09:50:14
Create Appeal In Small Kitchens

2016-09-06 09:46:59
Understanding How Credit Scores Work

2016-03-29 09:58:31
Preparing Your Home To Sale

2016-03-15 09:48:03
5 Ways to Freshen Up Your Home

2016-03-15 09:38:00
What Is The Price Of Location?

2016-03-01 09:53:55
MORTGAGE TRICK THAT COULD SAVE YOU $100,000 OR MOR

2015-08-03 16:06:45
Don't Wait For a Better Deal

2015-06-22 16:54:53
Great Home Updates You Can Do For Under $100

2015-05-12 09:56:17
How Much Does It Cost To Renovate A Kitchen?

2015-05-12 09:50:26
Using Gifts For Down Payments

2015-01-13 15:45:32
Utah's Incredible Market

2014-12-02 10:07:42
Ten Essential Steps to Buying a Home

2014-09-09 10:22:29
Why It's The Right Time To Buy a Home Now

Click here to see ALL articles.


Comment on this Article

Your Name:
Your Email:
Comments:
Verify:  Please enter the numbers shown to help eliminate spam.