What if we removed all our furniture?

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Premier Realty


I wanted to get your thoughts on if we move Aug. 18-20, what if we clear everything out of our house. My wife is pretty convinced that it'll appear larger with nothing in it but I'm on the fence. Are the pictures of how we had stuff in the rooms enough if nothing was in them? What do you think?

Mr. Homeowner,

The reason for staging is to create an experience, define space, and help the buyer visualize how they can use the different spaces in the home. If you pull everything out it's left to their imagination and most of the time buyers are incapable of understanding if their couch will fit or if their king size bed is too big etc. I would recommend leaving some of your items there with the primary areas of focus being the living room, dining area, and master bedroom. Some  cute hand towels and place mats will help provide some color and character for the buyer to latch onto. Please remember the target market and who our potential buyer is to maximize effectiveness. 

Don't forget that you have to sell a home 4 times now, online, the buyer's agent, the experience in the home, and ultimately the appraiser! Remove one of the legs and you'll have a hard time sitting on that chair. Of course, the last thing you want to do is give the perception your out of town and super motivated to sell, that will only increase the buyers expectation of getting a lower price for your home that is already price well.

Matthew Johnson


The Johnson Real Estate Group serves Woodbury, Oakdale, Cottage Grove, and the entire Twin Cities Area including Western Wisconsin! We are dedicated to providing a superior experience when buying or selling your Twin Cities home! Contact us at www.tjreg.com to find out more.


Comments (1)

Paul Lesieur
203kloanmn - North Oaks, MN

I prefer a home to be empty when I look at it, but I admit they show better for most buyers with furniture (nice furniture).

Jul 14, 2011 04:34 AM