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G. Ball, Other/Just Looking in 79912

When offering a house for sale, is it better to show the place with some furniture or keep it completely?

Asked by G. Ball, 79912 Sun Oct 28, 2007

furniture or to show it empty to show spaciousness ?

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Hi G Ball,

Empty does not show spaciousness; carefully placed furniture that shows a room in use without being cramped shows spaciousness. The majority of buyers need furniture pieces to help them visualize the room in use. When looking at a bed and dresser are placed in a room, a buyer can compare their bed size and dresser size to the one shown. This helps the buyer. Proceed to a family room, and a buyer will compare their sofa size to yours, etc. When the room is simply vacant, the visualization process is more challenging for the vast majority of buyers.

If empty were best, models of new construction homes would not be shown furnished. And, these new construction models, as well as hotel rooms are good examples of the best way to show a property. The Show a property ifor sale with newer furnishings, tastefully decorated, and minimal exposure of personal items such a pictures, awards, collectibles, etc.

If you can use your existing furnishings to create this atmosphere, that will be your best option. If you have furnishings that are older, you can consider a few slipcovers, as those have come a long way in the recent years. A few throw pillows can be inexpensive. Take a minimalist approach. Place only a very few items on any tables.

Most important is that the home is clean, and free of clutter.

I hope you have found the answers on Trulia helpful. I am not sure why Keith exhibited such a hostile tone in his reply. I hope this did not offend you.
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Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Red Bank, NJ
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Hi Keith. What's gotten into you? Where's all the talk about El Paso (El Plano) coming from and why the hostility? I am not used to that from you. What did I miss here?
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Ute Ferdig -…, Real Estate Pro in Newcastle, CA
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If the furniture is old and out dated it would be better to be empty. If you leave furniture in a room, be sure to leave some art work or wall hangings to make the room look finished. If you leave beds, have fresh and fluffy linens that look inviting.
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Good morning G.:

It depends on several factors. General rules of thumb. Having a home empty can signal seller motivation. Less is always better. Old and dated is a buyer turnoff signaling too much work needing to be done. Pluses and minuses to everything. A realtor will help you weigh the pros and cons and select the best strategy for the desired outcome.

Enjoy the day!!

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Hi G. Ball. I think that some furniture is better than completely empty. However, it is important that the furniture is nice and placed correctly. There's something called vignette staging which involves only a little bit of furniture in the right places which will show spaciousness without the empty look. For instance, you'd have a small dining table with a few chairs and place setting in the dining room or dining area. You'd have a bed (queen size) in the master bedroom. There should be a nice bedspread or comforter with throw pillows. You may want to place it at an angle.

If you do any kind of staging, it's imperative that the house is really clean. A coat of fresh paint also does wonders. You can get ideas at http://www.stagedhomes.com I would also suggest you speak to your real estate agent. Many have experience with this and can give you helpful hints. Good luck.
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Ute Ferdig -…, Real Estate Pro in Newcastle, CA
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light furniture is best. NO CLUTTER. Perhaps a bed with nice comforter and a table in kitchen or dining room to write up the offer! living room couch is fine for coziness. check our my website blog Real Estate Trends for more staging and Fen Suei tips at www. JeanSOLDMyHouse.com or
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If Keith hadn't posted that abc list, I would have thought there was a computer glitch and his answer posted to the wrong question. Sorry G. Ball for his rudeness. As you can see, the majority of professionals agree with having some furniture.
Ruth
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Ruthless, Other/Just Looking in 60558
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You're looking for a black or white answer when, the true answer is grey. Yeah if your furniture is ugly get rid of it. If any of the rooms are small get rid of furniture in that room. But try to keep the couch, the dining table and chairs, barstools (if there's a breakfastbar or island), the tv (if it doesn't have rabbit ears), the entertainment center (if it's not too bulky), area rug in the living area (if it has hardwoods), maybe the coffee table if it looks nice and has space, and the bed(s).

Get everything else outta there because it falls into the category of clutter. No Pictures, no bookshelves, no cookie jars, no excess plants (one or two in the right place is nice sometimes, but just don't overdo it), you get the point... If it's not on the above list, get it outta there.
And repaint the place neutral colors if you can.
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As a general rule houses show better with furniture. However if the furniture is old or if there's too much of it making the home seem cluttered removing the furniture may help. Having the home vacant does send the buyer a "motivated seller" signal.
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Here is another vote for showing the house with furniture in it. i also agree with the fact that the furniture has to fit in with the style of the home.

As a seller or agent, you will have some idea about the highlights of the house of which you want to show to potential buyers; your furniture (staging) should emphasize that; make the flow of the furniture showcase that strength.

Make sure there are little accessories to go with it. One of my clients had some gorgeous black leather couches, but it made the house seem very severe. We added some burgundy and gold brown pillows which happen to match the painting she had on the wall, those little additions made a big change in how the room feels.

This is part of staging and can be very affordable, fun and effective.

Your REALTOR should have an eye for that or they might have recommendation for stagers who can consult with you for a nominal fee on what to do.

Sylvia
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Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Novato, CA
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I think a house shows better with furniture than without, unless it's brand new construction.
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