Post # 1
Background: I have been living in somewhat of chaos for the last 11 months, with half of my belongings in one home, half in another home 3 hours away, having friends living in my condo, blah blah blah. I am finally ready to sell my condo and have rented a new home in my new town. Time to move the rest of my belongings to the new home.
I am interviewing realtors today and tomorrow, as well as meeting with a couple staging companies.
My PLAN was to have a friend (who is an excellent photographer) take pictures of the condo with the furnishings in it, use those photos for the MLS listing, and then remove all my belongings and show the condo unfurnished. I’d leave a few things (like some dishes in my open cabinets, maybe a towel on the rack, etc – but only what will fit in one trip in my small SUV). I have movers booked for Sunday. They are pricey and I’m not using movers twice, and I am in a building with a lot of stairs and have them moving couches and big furniture.
A staging company came today and said my furniture looks great as is and that I just MUST leave it! She said I really didn’t need her and that I should show it as is. Removing the furniture would be a big mistake. I could take a few small things (like a futon, which I could use as a couch in the new place – except I have no good way to transport that without the movers). Using her furniture isn’t really an option – it would be at least 4 – 5% of the likely selling price.
Now I’m reconsidering if I should have movers come on Sunday. I’m not even sure if I can get out of it (left a message and a manager will call me in the morning), but I bet I could negotiate them keeping my deposit and then rebooking at a later date.
Option 1: Take the pictures with it staged with my furniture – that’s what draws people into the listing. Leave copies of the furnished photos at the house. Then remove the furniture and show it unfurnished. It will be fine, and you are sick of living without your stuff.
Option 2: Negotiate a cancellation with the movers and leave your furniture there. You can put up with using a folding table, not having a couch/guest bed/end tables/etc. This is going to make a HUGE difference in selling.
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015
@NAvery: We are house hunting right now, and honestly, I rather see the area without furniture, it just gets in the way. Take nice pictures with it and post them. Having the furniture at a showing doesn’t show the big picture. Have a few nice decorations, background music and some chocolates, that’s it. Actually, chocolates are an option, I just love them. Good cluck!
Post # 4
I hate to say it, but you should leave your furnature. We bought a house off of blueprints this year, and all through the building process (when there was no furnature) it seemed SO SMALL. We knew it would fit our stuff based on measurements, but it was very hard to picture. Even if you just leave one sofa, a kitchen table, and a bed in the bedroom and take practically everything else I would suggest leaving something for the sake of scale.
Post # 5
Thank you both! I did decide to leave it. I was able to book a cargo van and change the movers to “labor only” instead of the full move, and I don’t think it’s going to cost me any more in the long run. I’ll leave the big furniture, take my futon to use as a (terrible) couch, and set up a folding table as my dining table. I’ll live! But I’d regret it if my house lingered on the market and I thought that might be the reason.
Post # 6
Glad you decided to leave it (and negotiated successfully with the movers)! Everything I’ve read says that you want furniture (staged) over empty.
Post # 7
Showing a property unfurnished is a really bad idea. It will instantly make the space feel/look WAY smaller – regardless of how the pics look. We just moved last weekend, and I had a moment of panic after I saw our new townhouse empty – “will our stuff even fit?! it looks so small!!”. Guess what? Our stuff fit fine, the space was actually bigger than our old one! I knew it would be ok because I saw it staged when we put the offer in – it’s really, really key to helping people visualize what fits in the space.
Post # 8
I think the important thing is to have stuff, but not clutter. Like, a sofa, a coffee table, and and chair, not 2 sofas, 3 tables and a futon. I’ve seen homes that were so cluttered I couldn’t see the floor. Gross!
It seems to be a fine line between enough stuff to show that it’ll fit, and not looking cluttered and cramped. Good luck with the sell!