Buy for Where You Are Now, Not Where You Hope to Be

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Buy for Where You Are Now, Not Where You Hope to Be



It happens in the best of families...even in mine! When you’re buying furniture and accessories for your home, are you making decisions and too muchbuying for where you are now...or where you hope to be?

 

As is often the case when a home stager

or agent meets with a seller who is ready to sell their home, one of the first things they see is too much...too much furniture, too much stuff, too much extra stuff. 

 

Part of the Too Much is the oversized furniture that many homeowners buy for their next home...one that will have more space which translates into larger rooms. 

 

One of my favorite clients had been hoping on someday moving to her larger dream home when she moved into her current home. So all of the furniture she purchased was meant for her next home. 


After 10 years, she and her family were ready to move into their larger home. However, in trying to prepare her home for sale, all of her rooms looked cramped and small because of her for-the-next-home furnishings. 

 

To add fuel to the fire, after 10 years, the homeowner and the rest of the family were tired of the furniture they had hoped to take to their new home. 

 

Take note...

A study in 2011 showed that the average homeowner stays in their single-family home for 13 years. First-time buyers stay on average 11 years. 

 

Here is why you want to buy furniture for the home you are in, not where you hope to be…

 

 

  1. Your tastes in furniture may change by the time you move.

When you look at your furniture now, given the opportunity, would you rather have something totally different?  

When a good friend moved after 15 years in the same home, she chose a style that was so “not her” we were all pleasantly surprised.

 

  1. Styles may change

Classics will always be around but there’s always some tweaking.

  1. Sofas usually last between 7-15 years depending upon the fabric as well as other factors.

If you have pets or young children, by the time you move, you may be happy to get rid of your old furniture!

 

  1. Your next home may not have that large room to accommodate your larger furniture

Life takes us down paths we may not expect...we decide to right-size or we decide the house we really love doesn’t have that large room. 

 

 

too large

 

 

No one wants to feel as if they have to invest in all new furniture and accessories when they move into their new home.  So when you’re furnishing your new and current home, find what works for IT!

 

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Rainmaker
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Beth and Richard Witt
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Great advice Kathy... have a Happy Day

Mar 03, 2020 09:21 AM #10
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Hi Kathy Streib - so natural that people do that but who know when the next step will come.

Mar 03, 2020 09:41 AM #11
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Will Hamm
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Hello Kathy and great advise for people to learn from.  I see some people want big is better but not in some rooms.

 

Mar 03, 2020 10:05 AM #12
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Roy Kelley
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Thank you very much, Kathy, for sharing your experience and your advice.

Mar 03, 2020 11:08 AM #13
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Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
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I have one more reason to buy for where you are now.  You can still walk through your garage. Our garage is full!  

Mar 03, 2020 11:39 AM #14
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
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So true. Make your belongings fit the life you have. I see this so often it makes me laugh.

Mar 03, 2020 12:16 PM #15
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Anna Banana Kruchten Broker, CRB, CRS
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Kathy great advice.  As for me I'm not attached to what we have now and could easily get rid of some pieces and pick up a few more that I like - now.  When we do move there will be lots of fun changes.

Mar 03, 2020 02:47 PM #16
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Kathy your advice is spot on as always, and you did a great job of also providing the reasoning behind it.

Mar 03, 2020 03:04 PM #17
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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I always enjoy reading your decorating tips, Kathy.  And, these are all excellent!

Mar 03, 2020 04:01 PM #18
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Mar 03, 2020 04:02 PM #19
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Kathy Streib
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Wayne Martin your wife is a wise woman!!!

Michael Jacobs sadly, one of the clients I had consulted with, had an offer on her home then got the word that her husband had passed away on a business trip. 

Mar 03, 2020 04:34 PM #20
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Kathy Streib
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Exactly Nina Hollander it's sad that some people spend so much time waiting for what will happen in the future, they forget to enjoy the present. 

OMG Donald Urschalitz I'm laughing because our first Brittany (hunting dog) chewed up one of the cushions on my sofa. (as well as two antique pistol grips.)

Mar 03, 2020 04:37 PM #21
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Hi Sheila Anderson be safe!!!!

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS I agree. One of my clients had 3 huge Oriental rugs in her attic that she purchased for a home that she didn't have. 

Sharon Lee it's amazing what we "collect" just because we like it but never use it. 

Mar 03, 2020 04:41 PM #22
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD I'm laughing not at you but with you. Until a few two moves ago, we had to find a family room or den that would accommodate a mounted turkey in flight!  

Ron and Alexandra Seigel what we brought with us on the last move was a huge sectional desk that we loved. I did some measuring and we got rid of one unnecessary piece and it all works!

Mar 03, 2020 04:46 PM #23
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Hi Beth and Richard Witt Thank you!!! Wishing you a great week ahead. 

Grant Schneider I had one client who had so much furniture (for the next house) in her family room, you couldn't walk into the room. 

Mar 03, 2020 04:48 PM #24
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Kathy Streib
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Will Hamm  I know people don't want to have to buy new furniture when they move but some pieces just won't work in a small room. 

Roy Kelley Thank you !!! Hope you and Chef Dolores are having a good week. 

Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI That's like most people! LOL

Mar 03, 2020 04:50 PM #25
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty I met a lady who said that she is never buying retail again for her furniture because she's had to get rid of so many pieces when she moved. 

Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, GRI, WLS that's exactly how I felt when we moved to Houston. 

Mar 03, 2020 04:52 PM #26
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Kathy Streib
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George Souto Thank you!!! Appreciate it. 

Myrl Jeffcoat thank you and appreciate the feature in your group. 

Mar 03, 2020 04:53 PM #27
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Melinda (Mel) Peterson
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Years ago, we downsized from a 2700+ s/f home, to a 2100 s/f home, to a 1700 s/f home, to a 1500 s/f home (4 moves in 12 years).  We took the same furniture with us to each home.  As you can imagine, by the time we bought the last house, we were bursting at the seams with furniture.  So, we bought a 2nd home across the state, so we could split our furniture evenly between two homes.  LOL, problem solved. 

Mar 03, 2020 07:53 PM #28
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James Dray
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Morning Kathy.

Exactly, could not agree more.  We only buy for the place we are currently in.  Should we move again, except for a few things, all new furniture.

Mar 04, 2020 02:02 AM #29
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