Should I Stage My Vacant Property?

Reblogger Jeff Dowler, CRS
Real Estate Agent with Solutions Real Estate CA DRE #01490977

The question of whether to stage your property or not is an important consideration in today's market, even when the market favors sellers.

 

It becomes an even more important question when the home is vacant, especially when the floor plan may be difficult for buyers to visualize living in - where do you put certain pieces of furniture in a very long and narrow room, for example?

 

Kathy provides some excellent points to consider in order to make an informed decision on this matter before spending money. And it may very well be worth the cost in order to sell your home at the best price!

 

Please stop by Kathy's original post and share your thoughts there, too!

Original content by Kathy Streib

Should I Stage My Vacant Property?

 

Lately, we’re seeing properties that have been renovated by investors or what to do with a vacant roomowners who no longer want to keep the house as rental property.  To quickly recoup their investment, they are considering staging.

 

But what do you do? Bringing in furniture and accessories to stage a vacant home can be expensive.

 

Here are questions you need to ask yourself.

1. What is the condition of the property?

Why is this key?  If you have nothing in the rooms, then what the Buyer will see is the space.  They will also see any flaws as well.

You never want to hide flaws but these things seem to stand out when there’s nothing else to view.

 

2. Are there any rooms that are unusually shaped or defy furniture placement?

In Palm Beach County, we have many condos and townhomes that have what I call Bowling Alley rooms.

You’ve seen them… they often go the length of the house and leaves a Buyer scratching their head wondering where to put the sofa!

 

3. Is there a room in the house that leaves doubt as to its purpose?

It may be a room off of the Master Bedroom that clearly is not the closet but what is it? One of my stagings had a room off of the Master Bedroom that was not the closet (there already was a huge one. And it wasn't a small office because there was one just off the Master Bedroom.) We suggested the owner show it as a yoga/workout room.

 

4. What is your area competition?

Just as in any home sale, you need to know the competition.  What are similar homes priced at and how are they showing?

 

5. Is there room in your budget/bottom line?

Yes, that darn money thing always gets in the way.  However, as stated earlier, bringing in sofas and chairs, beds and tables and all of the other accessories can be costly.  

 

Vacant home staging can cost anywhere from as low as $2500 and go up to $4500++.  It all depends on how much, what type, and where you are.

 

If this is not bottom-line friendly, then make sure that the property is in excellent condition, fresh paint and all repairs made.  This is better than placing random items throughout the house.

 

Home staging before and after living room

 

When in doubt…..

contact Room Service Home Staging and request a Home Staging Consultation.  

We can show you your best options to help you get your home sold.

 

 

 Kathy Streib 

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Belinda Spillman
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I think it is a really good idea to stage a vacant home.  Sometimes they can be so darn stark.

Feb 24, 2016 02:48 AM #1
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John Wiley
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Jeff, thanks for re posting this as I missed it.

When I show a property that has all these wonderful photos in MLS and open the door to an empty house-it is a stark contrast.

I wish they had staged the home instead of leaving it bare.

Feb 24, 2016 04:24 AM #2
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Belinda Spillman 

Well I agree. Certainly vacant homes sell but you have to wonder if they would move more quickly if they showed well with staging

Jeff

 

Feb 24, 2016 05:37 AM #3
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 John Wiley 

It can certainly be  surprise, and disappointment, when the home does not show like it does in the photos. Thanks for stopping by

Jeff

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Jeff, I am an advocate of staging a vacant home. Homes show so much better when staged AND the "feeling" people get is warmer and more inviting than an "cold and empty" home.

Feb 24, 2016 07:48 AM #5
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Kathleen Daniels 

That really is true for many homes, and buyers often comment about how they feel, or say "I don't see how my stuff would fit here."

Jeff

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Great choice of a reblog.  I don't know how I missed this one, but I'm bookmarking it now.

Feb 24, 2016 08:40 AM #7
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Thanks, Chris Ann Cleland 

I also felt it worthy of sharing. I miss stuff, too, and always appreciate reblogs

Jeff

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