• February 21, 2018

Should You Live in Your for Sale Home?


Should You Live in Your for Sale Home?

When selling a home, the biggest decision you will make is whether or not to live in that home while selling it. We want to show you the pros and cons of both sides and help you make this important decision.

If you want to sell your home without living in it, there are several benefits:

1. Realtors can show your home at any time.

Realtors are better able to do their job without the seller there, and your realtor may ask you to leave the house when they are trying to show it. Your Realtor might choose to display vacant houses over lived in houses because it’s less of a hassle for them.

2. Your day won’t be disrupted.

As mentioned above, your real estate agent may ask you to leave when they want to show a home. This could be at any point of the day, and you may have to drop everything you’re doing to leave the house. If you live somewhere else, you won’t have to deal with this.

3. You won’t have to keep the place clean.

If you’re the kind of person, who has trouble staying organized, moving out while trying to sell your house may be a good option for you. Those who live in the house their trying to sell must keep it clean and neat for potential buyers.

Now that you know the ins and outs of selling a vacant home, let’s talk about the benefits of selling your home while living in it:

1. Homes typically sell better when occupied.

This is due in part because they are already staged. Even if you aren’t living in the home you’re selling; you can’t leave it empty. Buyers need to be able to picture themselves in the house, and they can’t do that if there isn’t any décor.

2. Less Risk of Crime

Vacant homes have been subject to vandalism and break-ins. There is a smaller chance of this happening to a house that is occupied because robbers typically don’t want confrontation.

3. Someone is Present to Deal with any Emergencies

If no one is at home, it can be days before someone discovers a burst pipe or any other type of emergency. When you live in the house you’re trying to sell, you can find the problem quickly and solve it immediately.

4. Pay One Utility Bill

Even if you aren’t living in the home you will still pay the water and electric bill. This means any time the house is being shown you are paying the bill, and if you choose to leave a light on to keep your vacant home safe you will pay that bill as well on top of paying the bill of wherever you live now.

Homes are sold when people live in them and when they don’t; however, this is one of the first decisions you need to make when selling your house. Remember to choose what you’re most comfortable with and what fits your lifestyle.

Stress is one of the largest concerns when selling a home. Staging, managing finances and documents, and simultaneously juggling the rest of your life can be completely draining. However, one thing is certain about selling your home: it’s a lot easier when you have a solid real estate agent to handle it. Remember, No-One Works Harder to Sell your Home more than Joe! Contact Joe today by calling 813-701-2030 or visit https://josephlewkowicz.com/