Always better to sell with some furniture. Too much furniture, can block flow of traffic. (for example if you have 8 dining room chairs, store two to four of them for less chairs and more space to walk around the room).
Houses tend to sell faster and at a better price if decluttered, sparkling clean and minimal furniture (this is assuming house priced correctly).
If you just can't leave any furniture, be sure that house is scrupulous clean (floors, window sills, counters, drawers and closet shelves). Add items that make rooms smell fresh like eucalyptus leaves. Remove all drapes - leave only blinds, open windows for lots of light.
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The typical home is over-crowded with furniture, often poorly placed. Most common is when natural flows for walking from room to room are impeded, or in contrast everything is pushed to the four walls like the place is ready for ballroom dancing or a game of Twister.
Staging can be accomplished with a seller's existing furniture - by editting and using what is in other rooms. Ideally, you want a home to show as age and gender neutral as possible WITH ALL PERSONAL PHOTOS removed and COLLECTIBLES and KIDS TOYS grouped in ONE location or simply packed away; All evidence of pets that would be detected by sight or smell should also be eliminated.
Another common issue is that many seller's have decorated crossing the thin line that seperates THEME from Feeling. A common Bi-Level filled with signs that say Welcome to Our Cabin/Lake House should be avoided - as it is neither. When decorating, create a natural feeling and avoid
a Disneyesque theme.
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The agents that have recommended hiring a professional stager for, at minimum, a consultation have given you very sound advice. Full disclosure - I'm a stager...but here is some compelling information that you may find useful.
Staged homes sell, on average, 78% faster than vacant homes. (Real Estate Staging Statistics Report By RESAÂ®. Released February 2010.)
Because only about 10% of the population can visualize beyond what they see in front of them, having the home at least partially furnished helps potential buyers envision living in the space. Empty rooms tend to appear smaller than they are - having furniture in them helps buyers understand scale and purpose. But, overly furnished rooms make it difficult to see the architectural features of the home. Less is more - you want to sell the space, not the stuff!
Furthermore, investing 1-3% of the asking price can generate 8-10% return. (National Association of Realtors (NAR). A fun tool for ROI (Return on Investment) can be found at http://www.homegain.com/sellertools - take the quiz to see what simple and inexpensive changes to your property can mean to the bottom line.
A professional stager can recommend which of your existing furnishings will be best used to highlight the property to its fullest advantage. If your furniture is very worn or dated, renting furniture is always an option. Some stagers carry their own inventory, and some stagers work with rental companies - iin either case, the stager will work to find the most cost effective means to showcase your house to appeal to the widest array of buyers appropriate to the demographic for your property.
Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, staging your home will help to create better photos for online listing and marketing purposes. Over 90% of buyers look online first, before choosing to view a property in person - so having a great online presentation is essential. You want your property to stand out from the competition, and be on the buyer's "must see" list.
You can find a qualified stager by using the directory at http://www.realestatestagingassociation.com, asking for a referral from your realtor, or by doing an online search for your area.
Good luck on a quick sale!
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Neither empty nor overly furnished is the way to go. Staging is important as it will show the best features of the house without distracting from them. What most people don't realize is that empty rooms look smaller. You need to use enough furniture to show prospective buyers how to use the room.
The best advice I can give you is to hire a professional stager, who can be recommended by your real estate agent or who i would be happy to recommend to you. She can work with you to help stage your home with furnishings you already have and will recommend changes based on your own budget. I have seen magic done with the help of a professional for very little cost.
Staging your home with furnishings is better than trying to sell an empty house. If your own furnishings are in good condition and you can arrange the furniture so it fits the room then give it a shot on your own. I have never heard anyone complain that the staging professional they hired made it harder to sell their home.
Based on the information you presented, I'd suggest taking whatever furniture you intend to keep and selling the rest or just have a "free" garage sale. Then hire a staging professional to furnish and decorate the house. A good real estate agent will be able to provide you with a few options for choosing a staging professional.
Get rid of everything. Paint the rooms. Clean every surface and every window until it sparkles and shines. Re-carpet if necessary.
Empty. Immaculate. Repainted. Sold.
I am a real estate agent that is an interior designer by trade.
I feel to Much furniture makes the space smaller. All empty makes the rooms feel impersonal.
My suggestion is to go thru your things and pick the things you would get rid of if you were downsizing. Put them in a garage or sell them. From there just declutter make the home look like a home but without lots of personal items. So people can walk in see how a room can be laid out and they can visualize there things in the room and see themselves in there bc all personal items are not there and they see their own things in there
Any "staging" recommendation based on the information provided would be pure guess work. Stagers offer a variety of services including a consultation service. With this option, a stager will come into your home, spend a couple of hours with you, and make recommendations of what you can do to enhance your home for selling.
Spending a couple hundred dollars for this service could help you realize thousands on the other end of your transaction and help your home sell faster. It could be your best spent money in a long time!
If you want more money for your home get rid of your furniture and personal belongings now not after you sell it.
Salvation army will take furniture for free.
You can also sell it on Craigslist or in an estate sale.
If you are moving to smaller place you can not take all that furniture with you.