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Pros and Cons of Listing Occupied and Vacant Homes

With the home selling season still going strong in the Triangle, sellers are usually curious about how they should sell their home. Should they live in it or move out? The answer to that question is that it depends on the seller’s circumstances, but it’s always good to know the pros and cons of each situation.

Here are some things to consider when trying to decide whether to list a home vacant or occupied:How to Find Homes for Sale

  1. Pros of an occupied home: Listing a home while staying in it keeps costs down for the owners since they don’t have to pay for two homes at once and allows them to keep living their lives as normal until the home sells. Also, keeping the home secure is easier.
  2. Cons of an occupied home: Keeping a home ready for showings at all times is a challenge, especially for those with children or pets. Also, it may be difficult to schedule showings around the owners’ schedules.
  3. Pros of a vacant home: Vacant homes are very easy to keep clean and organized. It’s also very easy to show since it’s available at all times. Vacant homes can appear grand and spacious, and it’s easy to see the state of the home. If a buyer needs to get into a home quickly they know that is more attainable on a vacant home.
  4. Cons of a vacant home: Vacant homes pose a security issue since nobody is checking on them on a regular basis. They also lack that ‘homey’ feeling that occupied homes have. Many buyers have a difficult time understanding the scale of the rooms without having furniture in it. Listing a vacant home makes it seem like the owners need to sell quickly, which may result in lower offers.

Whether a home is listed occupied or vacant is usually a matter of the owner’s circumstances and what works best for them. Whatever your selling needs are, the team at Raleigh Cary Realty is ready to help.

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