Leave the heat and water on while your home is for sale
Colorado real estate professional and ActiveRain blogger Belinda Spillman offers some very good advice for home sellers.
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Please Leave the Water and Heat On
Lately, it seems that we have had our share of vacant home listings. Part of me prefers vacant homes because the sellers are not inconvenienced during showings and there are no pets to worry about.
One thing I have noticed lately is that the sellers want to turn off the water to the house and turn the heat down to 50 degrees.
Turning the water off is never a good idea. Many buyers are families with little ones who need to use the little girl’s or boy’s room. No water makes for a nice mess in the toilet.
What if someone spills something on the floor or counter? Without water, you cannot clean up the mess.
And then there are the vacant homes where the seller has turned the furnace down to 50 degrees. It has been very cold in Colorado this week with temperatures ending up in the single digits. Showing a home where your breath shows is not a fun thing to do.
Sellers must be thinking that they want to save money wherever they can, but making their home so uncomfortable to show is not the answer. The furnace can be set at around 65 degrees and still provide the warmth and comfort needed to make the showing experience a pleasant one. Leaving the water on for folks to use the facilities or clean up a mess can’t cost more than $30 per month.
I think that turning the water off and turning the heat way down projects a feeling of desperation. If the buyer senses that feeling, they will low-ball the offer thinking that the seller has to get rid of the home in a hurry.
It is very important to make the home as comfortable as possible so the buyer feels good in the home.
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