Are you selling an empty house?
Selling an empty house can be challenging, even in a hot market.
The short answer is because over 90% of visitors are unable to see past the empty walls!
The more detailed answer to why you should stage if you are selling an empty house is below:
- People buy “homes”, not houses
An empty house looks cold and uninviting. Potential buyers will have a hard time connecting emotionally to an empty space, which does not feel like “home”.
- Photos are confusing and unattractive Photos of empty spaces are NOT visually exciting. Even a professional photographer can struggle with making empty rooms look good 🙂 There is really not much to look at (unless the room possesses an interesting architectural feature, such as a fireplace). Some spaces are difficult to figure out without furniture to define them.
- No reference points
Most people have a hard time imagining the space as a potential home if it contains no furniture. Without furniture, potential buyers have nothing to help them. The purpose, dimensions and size of a room can be confusing. The rooms will look too big or too small without any furniture, as the appropriately sized and positioned furniture will make each room look its best, no matter the size. Furthermore, the existing furniture, however minimal, will allow the potential buyers to compare with what they have and take mental measurements of how their own furniture would look in that space.
- Most people can’t visualize
Did you know that 9 out of 10 people can’t visualize the potential of a home? They just don’t see how wonderful the property could be, if there is nothing to help them – furniture, lighting, accessories…
- Buyers will notice the negatives
Any imperfections (floor, walls, ceiling, moldings, window frames, etc.) will be much more noticeable as there is nothing else to look at.
- Avoid bargain hunters and tire kickers
An empty house just does not look as well taken care of as it could be and might give the impression of a potentially “desperate” situation, almost inviting the buyer to lower the offered price.
Staging vacant property, when selling an empty house, will differentiate you from the competition and will help you sell your house faster.
Home Staging Montreal has developed a strong expertise at staging vacant properties.
- People buy “homes”, not houses
Here are a few of the options for you to consider:
- Can you leave any of your own furniture behind for a while? The house does not have to be completely furnished but we recommend that some main areas look “lived in”. The rooms which are the most important are the kitchen, living room, dining room, master bedroom and a bathroom. If you can’t leave anything, can you borrow from friends/family any quality items which will help you to stage your empty home?
- Another great alternative is furniture rental on a short-term basis. Home Staging Montreal will provide a turnkey solution – design, sourcing, staging and de-staging when the property is sold.
- We have recently announced a Virtual Staging service, which is proving quite popular with realtors. It is NOT a replacement for a physical staging, but it is an option worth looking at. Please read about our VIRTUAL STAGING SERVICE.
Selling an empty house requires some type of home staging. Consider all the options and decide which is the best for you. If you have any questions regarding your particular situation, PLEASE CONTACT US NOW!