Should a seller move and sell their house vacant or should the seller stay until the house is sold?

Asked by Joyce Zangmeister, Thousand Oaks, CA Sun Sep 28, 2008

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Rhonda Hansen, , Los Gatos, CA
Sun Sep 28, 2008
In this market, the most important criteria for selling your home is proper pricing. A home that is priced correctly will sell quicker than one that is over priced. Other key factors are the condition of the home, the location of the home and the comparables in the area (in other words, the other nearby homes that are for sale).
As for moving before you sell your home, that should be determined by your personal circumstances. If you need to move before it sells, I would recommend staging (at least the main rooms) as it adds warmth to a vacant home and helps the buyer to visualize "their" furntiure in your home.
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Perry Wong, , Saratoga, CA
Wed Oct 8, 2008
I agree with Deborah's post, it depends on the seller's furniture. In most cases homes show better with furniture, unless it is worn or ratty. In that case staging some of the main areas (living room, family room, dining area, master suite) to give the home warmth and soul. In my area most all homes, vacant or not, have some staging. When a home is not furnished or staged the imperfections seem to be magnified. Also many buyers lack imagination of where their furnishing will go and need visualization.
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Sylvia Barry,…, Agent, Marin, CA
Fri Oct 3, 2008
All depends... Do the sellers have nice furniture, accessories, are immaculate, flexible in showing and house shows great with their belongings in there or are the sellers messy, smelly, can't get out of the house when showing the homes, etc?

No one size fit all, but evaluate the pros and cons before you give advise.
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Carlos Herre…, Agent, Orlando, FL
Tue Sep 30, 2008
Although in most cases a vacant home does not present itself as well as an occupied home, there are MANY instances where I would recommend vacating a home. That ALL depends on the condition the owner maintains him home in. You have you keep a VERY open mind when thinking about WHO will be viewing the home and what their taste may be. And since this is practically impossible to predict most of the time, you have to try and please the MAJORITY. Therefore, it's the type of thing you have to 'play by ear'.
Great question and I'm sure you will get a lot of interesting answers.

Best of luck and stay productive!

Carlos Herrera
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Cynthia Flem…, Agent, Laguna Niguel, CA
Mon Sep 29, 2008
A vacant home does not present itself to buyers as well as a furnished home. However, if the furnished home is also a cluttered home, this can be detrimental. Keep in mind the adage, "Less is More". If you can afford to move out prior to closing, it will eliminate some of the stress involved with packing and moving. However, you do not want to be showing your house during the packing process because having the house in disarray will reflect negatively as well. If you do move out, I would highly recommend the property be staged. Staged homes show very well and buyers can visualize what they would do themselves. If you do stay in the home until closing, a home stager can also help you with minimizing your own furniture and eliminating personal items which will also allow buyers to visualize themselves in the home. There are stagers available in all price ranges, so my advise to you would be to interview several and decide whether full staging or partial staging will work and choose the most affordable option for you.
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Hugo Torres, Agent, Arcadia, CA
Sun Sep 28, 2008
Vacant or lived in shouldn't matter. What you need to make sure is that it is priced right, that the seller makes it available for show, and that it is staged correctly (you may need to ask the seller to move some furniture out or decluter).

Other than that, shouldn't matter.
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The Hagley G…, Agent, Pleasanton, CA
Sun Sep 28, 2008
I feel that all depends on your motivation for moving and your financial situation.

Is your question wheter a vacat house sells faster or slower? I my opinion, there is no real difference.....ultimately it depends on price, product (your home) and pitch (the marketing behind it.)

Good luck!
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