For most sellers, whether they’ve put a condo at the Grand Caribbean on the market or they’re selling a canal-front home on North Padre Island, it’s a big question: Is it easier to sell a home while you’re still living in it, or should it be vacant before you put it on the market?
Not everyone has a choice; in fact, most people sell their homes while they’re still living in them because they need to sell the home in order to purchase another.
But is it easier to sell your home while you’re living in it?
Should You Sell Your House While You Still Live in It?
There are a few aspects of selling that are tougher while you still live in your home, such as having to keep the house spotless and ready for a showing at any time or having to leave the house (and drop what you’re doing) every time someone comes to see it.
However, if you’re still living in the house when you sell it, you have some distinct advantages on your side.
First, it’s already halfway staged; second, a vacant house feels empty to buyers—and it may not give them warm-fuzzy feelings about buying it, either.
Homes show better when they’re occupied. Buyers don’t have to guess at whether their bed will fit in the bedroom or if they’ll need to buy a bigger dining room table. They can also identify each room’s purpose—provided that you’ve staged it properly.
The bottom line: Even if it’s tougher (and it is, sometimes) to sell your home while you’re still living in it, it’s probably a good idea because it’ll sell faster—and maybe even at a better price—than it would if you left it vacant.
Are You Selling Your Home in Port Aransas or North Padre Island?
If you’re selling your home, we’d love to help you do so quickly and at the right price. We’ll be happy to give you a free comparative market analysis so you know exactly how much your home is worth. While you’re here, you can also download our free home-selling eBook and read our useful tips for selling your home faster.
When you’re ready, call us at 361-563-7788 or contact us online to find out how we can help you sell your home in Port Aransas or North Padre Island.