The question on a few lips lately: how to sell an empty house?
At Zevizo Properties, the online estate agent, we know It is always easier to sell a furnished property. These are the facts when wanting to know how to sell an empty house.
- Furnished properties look better on photographs.
- Furnished properties attract more viewings.
- Furnished properties sell much quicker than unfurnished properties.
- Buyers are less likely to look for large price drops when putting in an offer on a furnished property.
- Good quality fixtures, fittings and furnishings can really add to a property’s appeal.
- Buyers can imagine themselves living in a property that is properly furnished with a clear function given to each space.
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However, there are occasions when a property for sale is not furnished:
- The property may be for sale as the result of a death in the family.
- The property may be for sale as the result of a repossession.
- The property may have been let to tenants on an unfurnished basis.
- The vendors may have already moved to their new home taking their furniture with them.
- The vendors may have moved into unfurnished rental accommodation and are using their furniture there.
As an online estate agent marketing properties nationally on all the major property portals we have often found ourselves in this situation. It is much more difficult to attract the right buyers to the property and secure a sale.
However there are a number of things that vendors can do to manage this when looking at how to sell an empty house. A professional online estate agent, like Zevizo Properties should give you this advice.
- If possible, make sure any marketing materials or photographs are produced prior to removing furniture.
- Even though the property is unoccupied make sure you go there regularly and before every single viewing. This will give you the chance to clean throughout and remove items such as post etc from the entrance to the property.
- As part of the marketing information, have designs produced showing the house containing furniture. This will involve a fee of course, but you will recoup this and more if the property is sold quickly and at the right price. Buyers will view the property empty but it will give them the chance to see the possibilities
- Make sure you decorate. When a property is unfurnished, every scuff, grubby finger mark or dirty skirting board is displayed for all to see. Therefore it is vital that the property has a full makeover. When selling a furnished house it is best to keep colours as neutral as possible. However, a little colour, whether that is carpet or paintwork, can add warmth to an empty room. However, be conservative with the colours!
- If possible, keep curtains hanging at the property. This is something that may give the slightest hint of home when there are no other furnishings there. This is also true of lamp shades or light fittings. Bare light bulbs never show a property at its best. No light bulbs at all can prevent viewings after a certain time of day. This is particularly problematic during winter months.
- Keep up with the bills. This very much depends on your circumstances and the reason the property is unoccupied. Obviously you don’t need to pay for things like telephone, TV or broadband packages. However some light and warmth for viewings will make a difference, particularly in the winter months.
- Try to keep the property maintained. If you still have access to the property try to keep an eye on the structure, pipes etc. There will be nothing more likely to put off a buyer than arriving at the property when there has been a burst pipe or leaking water tank during the night. Keeping the heat on, at least at low temperature will help to prevent this.
- If the property has been for sale for a while, without offers or interest, you may want to consider furnishing the property on a temporary basis. There are several ways you can do this. If money is tight you can always borrow furniture from friends and family etc. However if the furniture is poor quality or mismatched or there is not enough of it, it will do nothing to increase the property’s appeal. If money is no object, consider having the property professionally furnished. There are companies who provide this service for use in show homes and private properties. You can rent the fixtures and furnishings for the period of the house sale. This can be expensive of course but may sell the house in half the time.
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It is certainly more difficult to sell an unfurnished property but it does not need to be a barrier to a sale. A good online estate agent, like Zevizo Properties, will guide you through this process to make sure you maximise your chances of a quick sale at the price you want. You should now be well equipped with learning how to sell an empty house.
Zevizo Properties is a national, online estate agent. We market properties on all the major property portals including Rightmove and Zoopla. Our fees start from as little as £445 plus VAT.
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