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Should You Sell Your Home Occupied or Vacant?

posted by Stephen Katz @ 4:10 PM
Friday, January 19, 2018

If you’re selling your home, you’re probably wondering whether you should move out now or wait until you have found a buyer. There isn’t an easy answer to this – whether you should move before you sell is dependent on many factors.

Do you have a lot of stuff in your home? Does the home feel cluttered? If the answer is yes, you have two options: one, thin out the furniture or, two, completely move out so the home can be shown in its entirety. If a home has too much stuff in it, it will feel cluttered.

Another thing to consider is whether you can keep your home in show-ready condition at all times. Depending on your situation, it might be better to move out so that the home is clear and clean once buyers arrive. On the other hand, if you’re a clean person who doesn’t have to clean up after kids, staying in the home while selling might be a more convenient option.

Obviously, if you have to move, (maybe due to a new job out of state or another similar reason) then you may be wondering if you should keep some furniture in your old house. This comes down to your personal needs, however, it is generally best to keep the house as simple as possible. The idea is to present the house to the buyers in a way that they can see themselves living there.

Also, when selling, you should ask yourself whether your furniture is in showing condition. If it is old and ragged, you should either replace it, or move out and have your home professionally staged.

If you have questions about the moving process, or if you would like our assistance, give us a call or shoot us a quick email. We’re always available to help!


Stephen Katz

(770) 309-0939 (direct) or (866) 742-8400 -- For the past 18 years, Stephen Katz has built a successful business almost entirely on referrals. As your mortgage consultant throughout the home loan process, Stephen will explain the pros and cons of all available mortgage programs and help you choose the financing option that is best suited to your needs. Throughout the loan process, he will keep you informed and will respond quickly to your requests with answers and solutions. Consistently a top producer, Stephen is a Mortgage Bankers Association "Diamond" Award winner, a Georgia Mortgage "Top Gun" and has closed almost half a billion dollars in loans. Put his knowledge and experience to work for you!

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