Staging Vacant Properties and Home Owners Insurance

By
Home Stager with Bella Traverse Design

Why is it important to stage an empty house??  Properties that sit empty cause a couple of different problems.  For one, home buyers have a difficult time visualizing an empty space.  Especially in odd shaped rooms.   Living rooms with a lot of natural sunlight and a wood burning fireplace are on many buyers lists, but how did the previous owners fit a sofa, a couple of chairs and a TV into a room with so many windows??  How about the master bedroom?  Will a queen size bed and two dressers really fit in here, leaving ample room to walk around?  Either leaving some key furniture pieces or renting a few will help them to be able to see the room for it's potential.

Another problem with vacant houses, is that buyers will automatically assume they can get a great deal on the property because it was left empty.  It makes it look the the sellers had to move because of financial reasons, whether that is the story or not.  Buyers will let that house sit on the market until the bank takes it back, knowing they can get thousands of dollars off the purchase price.

As if there weren't enough reasons to stage a vacant house, did you know that your homeowners insurance rates can go up if you leave a property empty??

Comments (1)

Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

Jamie, totally true. Vacant homes are the hardest to sell. People always think there is some sort of hardship for the seller whether it is true or not.

Sep 14, 2009 05:58 AM