Showing vacant homes this time of year can be a challenge in many areas. Here in Maryland, the temperatures outside have been in the mid to high 90's the last couple of days. I've shown two houses where the air conditioning was turned off...not just down, but off.
Yes, it does cost money to cool a house where you're not living, I get that. What you need to think about though, is the buyers and agents who are showing your house. I'm not even talking about their comfort. If it was just that, I wouldn't have the A/C on either.
Based on my experience, and I'm sure the experience of many other Realtors, buyers spend less time in a house if they're not comfortable. It may be the greatest house in the world, but they're focusing on getting out, not sticking around.
Besides the uncomfortable factor, did you know that the air conditioning system removes a lot of water from the house this time of year. Without it, you could be doing damage, as well as letting odors come to the front, that wouldn't be there in a cooler environment.
Be reasonable, you don't have to cool it to the 60's. I'm guessing that the mid to high 70's is probably going to be adequate.
It's about making your home selling environment as pleasant as possible...even if you have to spend a few bucks.
Richard Iarossi is a full time licensed REALTOR®, working in Crofton, MD. My coverage areas are: Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, Howard, Calvert, Queen Anne, and Baltimore City and County. I specialize in residential real estate, working with both buyers and sellers. Use the registration free search on my website at www.RichSellsHomes.com. If you’re not already working with a REALTOR®...I can help. Call me at 443-995-9595 (Cell) or 410-451-6255 (Office).
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