Selling a Vacant New Orleans Home
If you’ve already moved on to a new home or even a new city, you may be trying to sell a New Orleans home that’s vacant. Most agents love to show vacant homes, because it’s easy to get in and out of them without inconveniencing an owner and scheduling is a breeze.
But there are often things we find in vacant homes that are a problem. From the cobwebs in the corners to the overgrown front lawn, some empty houses are not putting their best foot forward since the owner moved out.
With that in mind, we came up with this list of tips for selling your vacant home.
Keep the utilities on
While you may not want to deal with paying extra water, gas and electric bills for a home you’re not living in, there are a couple of reasons that you should.
- Air conditioning and heat help to climate control the interior of your home. Without air conditioning during our hot and humid summers, you run the risk of mold and mildew growth.
- Buyers don’t linger in a home that’s uncomfortable. Running them out because it’s either sweltering hot or freezing cold doesn’t give them time to visualize themselves at home there. You won’t get a second shot at this.
- In the Louisiana purchase agreement, utilities are required for home inspections. You don’t want to potentially delay a sale because you have to make arrangements to get them all turned back on.
- If any utility is turned off for more than 6 months (ie, 6 months and 1 day), the city will require an inspection of the property to be sure that everything is up to code. If it’s not, they will refuse to provide utilities until you can prove that all of the work has been done and they inspect again.
Maintain the lawn and gardens
I can’t tell you how many beautiful yards and gardens are neglected after an owner moves. Since curb appeal is an important part of making the phone ring with buyers, hire a service to maintain your landscaping.
Clean it periodically
A house that isn’t lived in gets stale. Dust settles. Those pesky palmetto bugs find their way in and, without fail, find themselves belly up in the bathtub. A quick monthly pass through by a maid or cleaning service will keep it fresh.
Keep up with the pool and pond maintenance
There’s not much of a bigger buyer turnoff than a green pool…especially if your listing photos show a beautiful, clear and sparkling oasis in the backyard. Hire a pool service to keep it skimmed, cleaned and up to date with the necessary chemicals.
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Need more home selling advice? Call us today at 504-327-5303 and we’ll be happy to create a plan for your selling success.