Which side of the fence are you when it comes to vacant homes? Some buyers like a vacant home so that they can see the empty space and visualize their own stuff in there. Sometimes other furniture can cloud that vision. But, to others, having the furniture there helps guide them with how to decorate that space. To lead their imagination toward their own furnishings. Who’s right? Well, both. As a Realtor, I get asked which is better to sell, a vacant home, or one staged with furnishings. The answer is both. I’m sure studies have been done with focus groups to prove that one side is better than the other, but I will say this, I have never had a buyer walk into the perfect house and say, “well, I wish this was staged, so I could fall in love with it!” Or vice versa, “I love this house, I wish it were empty so I could buy it!” When it comes down to it, if it is the right house for that buyer, it’s the right house, regardless of what is in it. Yes, a vacant home shows better than a cluttered home, and a beautifully furnished home shows better than a bland, vacant home. I am not arguing that. But a home that is clean and not cluttered will sell to the right buyer, wether there are furnishings or not. There are a ton of staging companies that charge a lot of dough to create the illusion that the home is lived in buy tasteful folks. Most buyers can see through that and don’t care. My suggestion to sellers is don’t leave the major rooms completely bare. A splash of color is really all that is needed to brighten a room. That can be done with plants, or small furniture. It doesn’t really need to be decorated to the hilt, just enough to lead the buyers imagination in the right direction.
Where do you stand? Either way… your right!
Something to consider for today’s “Homework”
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