Recently I was out with clients viewing properties. One of the last properties we viewed was a vacant listing without the heat on! Wow, was it cold in there - so cold that we had to put our shoes back on because the ceramic tile on our toes was absolutely freezing. We stayed for as long as we could because my clients really liked the property. It took us a long time to warm up afterwards. :-)
The following week we went back for a second showing and the heat was on. I knew that leaving the heat on in vacant properties makes a difference for showings, but to experience that first hand was an eye opener as to how much more warm, and welcoming the property felt to us. We stayed longer, a lot longer! and I don't know how many times we commented to each other about how much more of a "home" the house felt.
The kitchen seemed more inviting, and feeling the warmth and looking at the beautiful rock work on the fireplace seemed to so much more like home. In the end they did decide it was to be their future home and we are working on our deal right now.
For all you sellers out there with vacant properties make sure to keep your heat on just a little. You may think that it is a waste of hydro and your money, but take my advice, you can't afford NOT TO.
I am the GUY that will make a difference!
I specialize in selling homes in the in the Okanagan Valley including Westbank, West Kelowna, Peachland with a focus on Rose Valley, Lakeview Heights, West Kelowna Estates and Shannon Lake.
Karen Guy, REALTOR®
Coldwell Banker Horizon Realty