During the process of selling your home and buying a new one, you'll occasionally find yourself in a situation in which your home hasn't sold, despite the fact that you've bought a new home and moved in. This will leave your home vacant until you're able to sell it, which presents some unique challenges but doesn't have to impede your ability to sell. While it's a good idea to talk to your real estate agent about the possible reasons for the slow activity on the home — and address these as quickly you can — there are some important steps to take when you're dealing with a vacant home up for sale. Here are some things to do.
Hire a Home Stager
It's generally not a good idea to try to sell a vacant home if it's empty. Once you move your possessions out of the house and into your new home, the emptiness can be an obstacle for prospective buyers. For example, it can be difficult for someone to picture how a living room could be set up when it's currently just an empty space. You can solve this dilemma by hiring a home stager who can set up furniture throughout the home to give it a lived-in feel. This isn't done in an attempt to trick prospective buyers, but rather to let them see how the space might look when it is occupied.
Continue the Upkeep
It's absolutely important to continue to take care of the vacant house while it's on the market. Failing to do so can give the house a look of disrepair, which can complicate your ability to sell. Make sure that you visit regularly to cut the grass, rake the leaves, and perform other seasonal maintenance. Recruit a neighbor to pick up any flyers or newspapers left on the front porch. It's also a good idea to visit the home in advance of any showings or open houses to dust and vacuum.
Stay Committed to Selling
It might seem like common sense that you should be committed to selling the vacant house, but doing so might seem like a distant priority as you get unpacked and settled into your new home. Talk to your real estate agent about being more aggressive with marketing the vacant home; perhaps it could be one of the agent's featured properties on his or her website. You might also wish to increase the frequency of open houses and put up more ads throughout the community.