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Top Tips for Viewing Empty Properties

Many buyers see an empty property as a less desirable option and will sometimes overlook the potential the property may offer. Catherine Greaves, GSC Grays Agency Associate Director, discusses why an empty home may be worth a second look.

It is true that a range of well presented photographs will entice buyers into a property to result in a speedier sale but buyers should not ignore a property due to its presentation or lack of furnishings. Seeing a property in a bare state allows for a buyer’s imagination to take over and the property’s full potential to be realised.

Below are some useful tips to consider:

An empty property usually means no chain!

A purchase of an empty property can often be more straightforward as you as the buyer are the only one to worry about! Your move in date does not need to be tied in with the seller moving out and there is a lot less risk of the chain breaking down.

What can you do with the property? Use your imagination!

Some buyers are easily influenced by vendor’s furniture. You must remember when the seller moves out, they usually take all of the furnishings with them. Don’t be swayed by property staging! Empty homes offer prospective buyers the chance to view a property as they would receive it and imagine their own furnishings in place without distractions. Empty properties are a blank canvas for a buyer to add their own mark.

Think about the positives!

An empty house is a transparent house as problems cannot be hidden behind wardrobes, furniture or curtains. Unfurnished homes allow buyers to view much more of the structure as well as allowing prospective buyers to get an accurate understanding of the property’s actual size.

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