Showing Vacant Homes Without Air Conditioning on in the Summer

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Showing vacant homes with no air conditioning in summer

Showing vacant homes without air conditioning on in the summer can be a horrible experience for buyers as well as agents when temperatures soar and a house has been closed up. I have been advising my sellers to put the air on. In my humble opinion it is just as bad  showing a hot stuffy home that is unkempt and dirty home. If the buyers are uncomfortable when they walk in the home they are not going to buy it. Sellers should have their air conditioning on in their homes even if the home is unoccupied . It not only is uncomfortable but the home gets an odor.

Here on the East Coast summer is approaching and so is the hot hot weather. I have called my sellers of unoccupied homes and condo units to inform them of this . What do you do ? Showing vacant homes without air conditioning on in the summer can be unhealthy.

How do you as an agent feel when showing a home,when the air inside the home is hotter then the air outside in a heat wave? How do you think the buyer reacts to this situation ?


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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
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Investing in a PROGRAMABLE thermostat is a GREAT solution to this problem.  I have them in most of my properties and turn the temps down during the 10 to 5 period and up at night when the themps cool off!

June 02, 2012 09:39 AM
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Wallace  That is a wonderful idea ! I will suggest that . I always am sure to let my sellers know this when i list a vacant home in the summer .

June 02, 2012 09:48 AM
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Leaving the air on, or opening a window is a no brainer when it is hot.  Also, leaving a window open will get rid of unpleasant smells which can make the difference between a sale and notl.

June 02, 2012 12:32 PM
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Jane  You would be surprised how many no brainer's there are ! Last weekend it was 92 degrees and humid no air and no windows open...

June 02, 2012 12:36 PM
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Ed Silva
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Hannah, a vacant home that has carpets and were there were animals has to be the worst. Not even having the air on would help

June 02, 2012 07:15 PM
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Lou Ludwig
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Hannah

Showing a home without air conditioning in the summer dosen't work and the buyers don't like it and won't spend much time in the home.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

June 02, 2012 07:48 PM
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Rob Lang
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For the ones that you have listed that have showings, would it be possible for you to stop by the house a couple hours before the showing and turn the air on?  It would still have the smell, but at least not be quite so hot.

Buyers want to know that everything works.  Even though a house is unoccupied during the summer, they still want to know that the air is in check.  So, having the air conditioning at least set to a breathable temp. is in the seller's best interest.  With programable thermostats, there really is no excuse.  It comes down to how badly do they want the house to sell?  

June 03, 2012 06:09 AM
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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Hannah, if buyers walk into a hot stuffy house, they will not stay long and will be out the door in seconds not even looking at what all the house/condo has to offer....sellers need to remember this if they want to sell.  Suggested.

June 03, 2012 03:21 PM
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No fun showing a home without AC.  Though I do remember before there was AC we all managed to survive.

June 03, 2012 06:12 PM
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Ed  You are right there In that case they need to get the carpets professionally cleaned

Lou.. You are on the same wave length as me

Lawrence  sometimes this is not possible and in the summer it does take a few hours to cool down. it would be cheaper to keep it on a steady temp then to turn it off and on

Rebecca  I know I rush clients through homes without a/c .I agree with you I think when the buyer is uncomfortable the do not stay as long as they may have if the felt good walking into the property .Thanks for the suggest .

Cindy It is not fun showing homes without AC. yes we do manage to survive .

 

how a wonderful day

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June 04, 2012 11:08 AM
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Suzanne McLaughlin
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As many bank-owneds as we have around here, I always dread showing homes on a hot day...or any day after temps get into the 80s.  Any seller who has control of the property should be made aware of this and prepare accordingly.  Thanks, Hannah!

June 04, 2012 01:56 PM
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Suzanne  I too dread showing bank owned property .They are so hot you almost feel like you will pass out inside on a hot summers day ..

June 04, 2012 03:20 PM
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Barbara Altieri
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Hannah -- I JUST had this conversation yesterday with a seller.  I have shown homes that were so stifling with heat we did have to make a quick exit.  Keeping the air on in a vacant home keeps the air moving and prevents that stuffy, closed up smell as well.  That smell will deter buyers just as quickly!

June 12, 2012 08:46 AM
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Barbara .I have called listing agents and left feedback when asked if the AC was not on if it was an extremly hot day because no matter how nice the house is -if it is hot in the house the buyer just wants to leave  because they are uncomfortable

I also tell all my sellers they must keep the home comfortable and cool if they want to sell in the summer .

June 12, 2012 03:20 PM
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I agree.  The AC doesn't have to be blowing full blast but just so it's not uncomfortable to spend time in the home.  I've had the same problem with vacant homes that have no heat in the Winter.

June 15, 2012 08:41 PM
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Luckily my sellers have been listening to me . The properties have been selling slowly but surely

 

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