Will you all please help me out with this most frequently asked question of me?
I'm asked all the time by my Auction clients that are in the midst of downsizing, moving, or divorce about the merits of leaving some items to stage the house. I always direct them back to their Realtor as the best person to answer that question. Working with Realtors from both franchised and unaffiliated firms the answer seems to be varied in the end.
I have not kept track of the responses but many of my Realtor clients say that having the personal property removed makes for a better showing of the house and reduces damage risk. They tell me Buyers are then easily able to analyze the room size and visualize their contents in the home, easily find the electrical outlets among other things of their curiosity.
As well, removing the items during or before the listing minimizes the risk of damage to the house that will need to be dealt with before closing and can potentially eliminate seller concessions and concerns from moving damage before the final walk through.
I will continue to refer the question back to the listing broker but thought I could get some opinions from the AR community
Thanks for weighing in on this.
Cathy Roesch, Auctioneer, Appraiser