Selling an Empty House

An empty house or flat is one that nobody is living in often with no furniture, and these properties can sometimes be harder to sell.

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Your top questions when selling an empty property

✅ When is a property considered to be an empty home?

If nobody is living in a particular house or flat, and it has no furniture, then for the purposes of selling it will typically be considered to be an empty home. These properties might be more difficult to sell in certain circumstances, because a sale listing that has pictures of vacant rooms might sometimes generate less interest than a lived-in and furnished flat or house.

✅ What are some reasons why a property might become empty?

There are many situations that can lead to a home becoming empty, including a property that a person might have inherited but all of the late owner’s furniture and other belongings have already been removed, a need for major repairs at a home that has become unsafe to live in, someone moving overseas for a new job that did not have time to sell first, and more.

✅ Should I consider furnishing my empty home before selling it?

You don’t have to, and in many cases the cost of buying even cheap furniture to make the house look less empty will be quite high, and could offset any benefit that you might get in terms of greater interest from buyers. Instead, your best approach is probably to ensure that the interior and exterior of your empty home are in pristine condition when buyers come to view it.

✅ Does owning an empty house or flat create any costs?

Yes, although the exact costs will depend on your unique situation. You might still have a mortgage on the home, and you’ll be expected to make the monthly loan repayments even if there’s nobody living in the property. Some utility bills, like water and electricity, might also still need to be paid, and you’ll have to pay for any repairs or other work that needs to be done.

✅ What is the speediest method for selling my empty property?

Your fastest choice is likely using a quick home buyer like LDN Properties, because they are able to consider purchasing almost any type of flat or house, and they can complete the process in just a handful of weeks. Selling through an auction will take at least a couple of months from beginning to end, and it might take more than a year to sell when using an estate agent.

✅ Will I have to pay commission when selling my empty house or flat?

Whether or not you’ll have to pay fees will depend on the method of selling that you select. If you rely on an auctioneer or estate agent to sell your empty property, they will charge you commission that will be deducted from the sale proceeds, reducing your profit. But if you sell your home to a trustworthy fast buyer, they won’t charge fees and you’ll maximise your profit.

✅ What assurances do I have that I can trust a quick property buyer?

The genuine quick home buyers, such as LDN Properties, are formally registered with The Property Ombudsman (TPO), which issues rules that all members must follow to protect owners against scams in the fast home buying industry. If a fast buyer either refuses to join TPO or claims to be a member but cannot prove this, you might be dealing with a scam company.

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