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Old 01-24-2019, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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Put in a Nest or other thermostat that you can control remotely, then you can turn it up/down for showing and back down later on. You can also double check it periodically to make sure housekeeping or some other service person hasn't left it turned to a temperature you don't want.

If you are taking a hit on pricing to try to dump it, another couple of hundred dollars isn't going to make that much difference, and might help it sell a little faster
Wouldnít I have to get wifi for the unit, too, for a nest?
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Old 01-24-2019, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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Wouldnít I have to get wifi for the unit, too, for a nest?
You had said a hotel condo, so I had just assumed there was wifi, but yes, you'd need that. Sounds like you don't have it though, so that would rule that out.

Maybe a more basic programmable model then, when you have it set to go back to a set number every evening, so that worst case, it stays on for a few hours but then goes back to your baseline and stays there until it gets manually adjusted again (assuming an agent or prospective buyer fiddles with it).

As a buyer, I would be a bit irritated with a note saying not to touch the thermostat because checking to see if the HVAC works well is part of what I'd be looking at. And having the electricity off completely would definitely be a problem, although I guess that depends on just how far under market you are planning on listing. If I felt like I was getting a fire sale price, I'd put up with more inconvenience of course.
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Old 01-24-2019, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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You had said a hotel condo, so I had just assumed there was wifi, but yes, you'd need that. Sounds like you don't have it though, so that would rule that out.

Maybe a more basic programmable model then, when you have it set to go back to a set number every evening, so that worst case, it stays on for a few hours but then goes back to your baseline and stays there until it gets manually adjusted again (assuming an agent or prospective buyer fiddles with it).

As a buyer, I would be a bit irritated with a note saying not to touch the thermostat because checking to see if the HVAC works well is part of what I'd be looking at. And having the electricity off completely would definitely be a problem, although I guess that depends on just how far under market you are planning on listing. If I felt like I was getting a fire sale price, I'd put up with more inconvenience of course.
Good thoughts! Free wifi in all the public areas and hallways, iffy in the unit. Many residents just take their pcís to one of the resident private lounges, library or the pool and donít buy internet. The actual hotel rooms provide codes for guests. Residents have to arrange their own internet.
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Old 01-24-2019, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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Iím going to do a flat fee MLS listing to sell my hotel condo. Thereís an onsite property manager who will show the unit to either buyers and/or buyersí agents. It makes no sense to list with an agent because our HOA rules donít allow non-residents to freely roam the property so anyone viewing the condo has to be escorted.

The question is what to do about the electricity. Our building provides water and gas but not electricity. When we bought the unit, the electricity was turned off. We didnít mind viewing it that way; but the owners had to get the electricity turned on for the inspection. Iíd prefer to keep the electricity on but donít want the thermostat adjusted. Wondering about putting a thermostat guard (locked cover) on the thermostat and just setting the heat to 60 degrees, and AC to 85.

My DH thinks buyers will perceive thereís something wrong with the HVAC system if they see a locked thermostat and the temp is cold/warm in the condo; he thinks we should just cut off the electricity.

Input would be appreciated.
Do NOT shut off electricity. You might be OK for a short time, but bad stuff happens in unoccupied and non-climate-controlled houses. Condos.

My wife and I have moved a lot and of course looked a lot. One nice place I checked out had all utilities shut off. The entire home had mold. Walls, floors, it should have been burned to the ground. Clearly no AC had been run for a few months.

Penny wise and pound foolish.
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Old 01-24-2019, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Lighting isn’t a real issue because the unit has all exterior walls with floor to ceiling windows and we’ll leave the drapes open (but not the sheers).
What about the bathroom(s) and closets?

FWIW, as a serious buyer, I want the electricity on when I view a home.

I want to be able to see everything without dimness and shadows. I want to be able to see that there are no water marks on the ceilings (indicative of a leak or past leak), the condition of the floors, etc.

I want to know that the appliances and heating/cooling system work properly.

Dimly lit rooms and shadows hide imperfections. I expect imperfections and I don't mind them but I do want to see them so I know what I'm getting.

And I want to see all of this before writing an offer - certainly not at the inspection phase.

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Old 01-24-2019, 02:03 PM
 
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Iím going to do a flat fee MLS listing to sell my hotel condo. Thereís an onsite property manager who will show the unit to either buyers and/or buyersí agents. It makes no sense to list with an agent because our HOA rules donít allow non-residents to freely roam the property so anyone viewing the condo has to be escorted.

The question is what to do about the electricity. Our building provides water and gas but not electricity. When we bought the unit, the electricity was turned off. We didnít mind viewing it that way; but the owners had to get the electricity turned on for the inspection. Iíd prefer to keep the electricity on but donít want the thermostat adjusted. Wondering about putting a thermostat guard (locked cover) on the thermostat and just setting the heat to 60 degrees, and AC to 85.

My DH thinks buyers will perceive thereís something wrong with the HVAC system if they see a locked thermostat and the temp is cold/warm in the condo; he thinks we should just cut off the electricity.

Input would be appreciated.

Keep the electricity on. The idea is to make the home look bright. People don't like a dim interior. They like lots of light coming in and sometimes lamps are even required during the daytime so as to appear bright all day. As well many buyers view in the evening after work.
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Old 01-24-2019, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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Good thoughts! Free wifi in all the public areas and hallways, iffy in the unit. Many residents just take their pcís to one of the resident private lounges, library or the pool and donít buy internet. The actual hotel rooms provide codes for guests. Residents have to arrange their own internet.
too bad they don't include wifi in that outrageous HOA fee!
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Old 01-24-2019, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Cutting off service is quite common. We can always tell which units have turned off service b/c the doorbell isnít illuminated and we see alot of dark doorbells on vacant units. Lighting isnít a real issue because the unit has all exterior walls with floor to ceiling windows and weíll leave the drapes open (but not the sheers). Good point about odor!

The units do not sell briskly. They tend to languish on the market for a long time because its an outrageous HOA fee (due to the amenities.) and I am going to price it below market to try and move it ó
So why would you walk past dollars to pinch dimes?

Leave the electric on. Put a note over the thermostat saying, Please set at 62 when leaving! In any case, what's the marginal extra cost for leaving the electric on if you aren't running a refrigerator, coffee maker, stove, lights, etc, all the time.
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Old 01-24-2019, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles County
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I'd lose interest quickly when viewing a unit without power.
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Old 01-24-2019, 03:30 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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I'd lose interest quickly when viewing a unit without power.
Power off might lead someone to suspect you are hiding an electrical or appliance problem or annoyance. OR, that the electric rate is too high!

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