The bottom line here is that you can't make a mistake either way...as long as you take a tasteful approach remembering that "less is better" and that all buyers should leave your showing remembering something positive about what they've just seen.
It's really not an issue of "furnished or unfurnished" but one of how you create a pleasant atmosphere that does the home justice.
When a home is empty, it is hard to calculate roominess; a furnished room (properly stated) looks much larger than a vacant one.
Consider using a stager who might use your furniture or might have access to rental furniture.
If you have an empty house, and need furniture for it, we have a local company that we work with for furniture rentals to stage empty homes. Give us a call if we can help!
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Most buyers want to feel like they are entering a home, their future home!
If you are tight on a budget, curtains, towels, and inflatable furniture can go a long way. I personally have a bunch of my own that I use in my vacant listings. I will take inflatable mattresses and stack two, use a collapsible frame, or prop up on boxes and then cover with neutral bedding & decorative pillows. It's a great way to show space & make it feel more like a home. You can also use a card table with a nice tablecloth & centerpiece to show space & as warmth to a dining area.
If you can afford to stage that is ideal, but not always realistic for many sellers.
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I would suggest basic pieces to define the space are very helpful. Always remember neutral colors and basic pieces can do a lot more than over done.
I agree with my colleagues. It really does depend on the furniture and your ability to properly place it...ie how accomplished you are at staging. It is a phenomenal question. As Jerry mentioned, the right staging can make a bad property look good and a good one look bad. I'd start off by talking to a professional that will give it to you straight. Our friends and family often try to be nice and tell us what we want to hear rather than what we need to hear.
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Buyers may have difficulty making that transition to seeing it as THEIR home. You really need to speak with a REALTOR to discuss what would be best for your particular home.
much depends on the home, I have had homes that haven't sold until the current furnishings were removed, and some where as soon as furniture is gone it shows worse, the best way to find out for certain is to get a professional to look at the home, we do this no obligation, but I can tell you having done this in WNY for over 20 years there are some home I wish weren't furnished and other homes that need to be furnished, no simple answer,
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