Selling Your Home Furnished: Factors to Consider
It’s not uncommon to find a completely furnished house on the market here in Southwest Florida. Moving with large pieces of furniture is not always convenient, especially when you’re moving long distances or overseas. Your furniture may look great in your current home but may not work in your new home. Before selling your home with all or most of your furniture, and to transition into a new place, consider these tips.
Create a visual
Furniture helps most potential buyers visualize how much space is available, and what living in the house would be like. It also may get you more offers and sell your house faster.
Keep it clean and modern
Be sure your furniture is clean, up to date and makes your house feel warm, inviting and more like a home than just four walls to potential buyers.
Create an open space
Clear corners, shelves, and walls of personal items such as photographs, wine racks, coat hangers, or silk plants. Consult with your real estate professional or a professional stager to find out if your furniture would be a motivator or a deterrent to getting offers on your house. Showcasing a move-in-ready home with plenty of space and room to work with stirs imagination for potential buyers.
Create a package deal
Don’t attempt to make a killer financially with this approach of selling a furnished home. Remember, you are seeking a fresh start with a clean slate moving into your next home and saving by not paying a mover. Whether the buyer is paying cash or financing, put the furniture on a separate bill of sale, itemizing each piece. Lenders do not lend money on furnishings.
Creating a “furniture package” may help to sell your property too. A buyer may be willing to pay for the convenience of living room furniture, a guest bedroom ensemble, and a patio set that is already there when they move in. And, don’t be surprised if the buyer wants to purchase the home with all of the furniture, artwork, accessories, linen…..everything!