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Heather, Home Seller in Raven, VA

When showing a house what is better, should it be completely empty or shoud you leave furniature in it?

Asked by Heather, Raven, VA Fri Jul 4, 2008

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Generally, it's preferable to have some furniture in it. It doesn't (and usually shouldn't) be as furnished as when one was actually living there. But furniture--whether it's done with formal staging or less formally just to present an idea of what it would be like to live there--helps. It also generally will make the rooms look larger.

Having said that, the furniture should be in good condition and shouldn't "stand out." For instance, not to stereotype, but older folks sometimes have large, overstuffed, furniture, sometimes with large prints. This tends to scream out: "older people." (Understand, everyone: I'm not talking about age discrimination, Fair Housing, or anything similar. I'm talking about the buyer's perception that the house isn't for them because it's for "older people.") So: good condition, "neutral" furniture. If you don't have any, a stager can provide it. Or you can rent, short-term, from a furniture rental company.

Hope that helps.
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Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Burke, VA
Staged homes almost always sell for more and have shorted market time. Note that there is a BIG difference between staging a home and leaving furniture in it. I would talk with a Realtor and have a dialogue about what it will take to get top dollar for your home. Focus on the goal, not on the details at the beginning. See what the Realtors say, then use your best judgement.
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Keith Sorem, Real Estate Pro in Glendale, CA
Rooms always look smaller when they are empty. From my experience, a house always sells better when furnished. You don't have to even furnish the whole house. If your budget is tight, just furnish the main rooms ie: living room, dining room and master bedroom. Add towels to baths and a cookbook , towels and spices to the kitchen. A large green plany also adds a lot of warmth.
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I'm going to say it depends. If you have great furniture that complements the home, leave some. I usually ask my Sellers to move as much of their belongings out of the house as possible. I like to have buyers come into the house and be able to imagine their belongings in the house, not be overpowered by the seller's stuff.
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Furniture is to your best interest but not cluttered. Homes with furniture sale faster than vacant homes not all rooms have to have furniture.
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Hi Heather:

It is very difficult to give you a choice one or choice two answer.

We really have to see the house because the answer really depends on the house, the surrounding, the neighborhood and the kind of furniture, accessories you might have in the house.

I think the best advise I can give you is to ask a Realtor to come in and give you a market analysis on your house and general idea on what you should do. Realtors will mostly do this as a free service.

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