No Offer ~ Maybe you didn't stage your refrigerator properly!

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Education & Training with PRES Staging Resource Centre

As a home stager my biggest thing with the refrigerator is requesting the removal of all those magnets, children's drawings, schedules etc. It does make sense that people would look inside a fridge - cleanliness is key and yes, buyers are looking for a lifestyle so check those brands LOL!

Original content by Dorie Dillard Austin TX

What?? Is this a joke? I was reading an article in the New York Times called Staging Refrigerators for Real Estate Showings and I laughed at the possibility of what buyers were discerning when checking out a refrigerator during a visit during an open house.  It got me thinking many buyers do open the refrigerator and make comments on the content. As the article states “The contents of a refrigerator speak volumes about the seller who’s lived in the home you are considering making your own.”

This, of course, makes sense. We make snap judgments about other people all the time, why wouldn’t we do the same when checking out the contents of the seller’s refrigerator! If the items are neatly arranged and everything is labeled it gives us the impression the whole house has been maintained in this fashion. If the refrigerator is stocked with upscale and expensive items some buyers like to identify with this lifestyle. After all; each home on the market is offering a certain lifestyle to consumers.

In Austin, Texas the refrigerator, washer and dryer do not normally convey with the house as they are considered personal property. Since fewer companies are paying for moves we are seeing sellers think twice about paying for the moving of these items and are often leaving them as an enticement for the home purchase. More buyers are checking out the appliances they would be acquiring. Maybe it’s time to add “staging our refrigerators” to our list when preparing our listings for market. Who knows maybe “You are what you refrigerate!!”

 

If you are a homeowner thinking of selling, a prospective buyer or just curious about real estate in NW Austin; I welcome the opportunity to discuss our market. Feel free to contact me at 512-346-1799 or email dillard@reloaustin.com. Put my expertise to work for you.

 

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Comments (1)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Dana,

Thank you for re-blogging my post! I thought it was a fun topic to engage in. It is surprising the comments can be made when a buyer opens a refrigerator (and yes they do)!!

Jun 24, 2013 10:20 PM