Although you are not a client, I will share with you the advice I share with clients. It is vital that you consider the season and time of year you are leaving your property vacant. I understand it is sometimes difficult to maintain utilities in two separate locations. However, if financially possible, LEAVE THE UTILITIES ON. Hopefully, your real estate professional representing you and/or a close friend will monitor the property to be sure viewers are not going in blasting the heat (during winter) or air conditioning (during extreme summer). Try to make it comfortable for prospective buyers to look as well as for your agent who will likely have agent/public open house as a part of the marketing plan.
If time permits, take a look at your immediate competition...try to think as if you were a buyer. Be sure you know and fully understand "WHY" a buyer would select another listing vs. your property. I show many vacant properties that are left in very poor showing condition. Make your property shine! Buyers have many choices in today's market. Buyers tend to buy at a much faster rate properties that are truly in move-in condition. Therefore, I'm encouraging you to leave your property in such great condition that the first buyer who looks at it after you leave will submit an offer...now, once you enter contract, the property is ready for inspections and appraisal. If you absolutely MUST turn utilities OFF during winter season make certain you have a qualified plumber on standby who you can call to have the property winterized when the temperature start dipping below freezing.
We are truly blessed in Clarksville, TN! Our market is not a bad market...price it right, make sure it shines and hopefully youâ€™ll be closing real soon!
NCBC of Keller Williams Realty
1943 Ft. Campbell Blvd.
Clarksville, TN 37042
Cut off the Hot Water Heater Circuit Breaker.
Cut off the Dishwasher and other unnecessary Breakers.
If you have Gas, cut that OFF.
Set the Electric Heat / AC on 60 degrees.
Also, you will need to reconect them again if you get an offer that requires inspection. And more, if you get an FHA offer, you need them on for appraisal-inspection.
Your agent or yourself need to let the buyers agents know that you will connect them for inspection.
It will cost you something, but I think it will cost you more no to sell.
You dont need to have the heat on 70, but ask what is the recommendation so the home does not feel cold and water on plumbing do not get frozen.
And, if you're in an area where "winter" could be a plumbing problem, be sure to winterize the home properly or have someone pop in frequently to watch for damage. Serious freezing damage will quickly outstrip any savings you might have seen, and then add a serious penalty on top of it.