Vacant home staging is my specialty. A warm, inviting living space is much more appealing to potential buyers than a cold, empty house. An empty house looks smaller and there is no place for the eye to land except towards any blemish in the walls or floors. In most cases a buyer will poke their head into a room, and then just walk on by. Staging the vacant home is so important. It keeps the buyer’s attention on the property’s potential.
Staging you vacant property will home is to set your home apart from the other properties and add the WOW factor that is key to giving buyers a memorable experience when touring your property. You can have an architecturally pretty vacant home, but being that it is vacant, empty and bland, it makes it hard for a buyer to visualize the room’s decorative potential.
I offer a FREE consultation for vacant homes. I can visit your property or you can e-mail me photos. Once I have reviewed the space, I will recommend which rooms need furnishing. Often I focus on the main rooms such as the living rooms, kitchen, dining rooms, master bedroom and bathrooms. My inventory offers a variety of home décor items including furniture, framed art, mirrors, silk plants, area rugs, bedding, decorative towels, dishes, lamps, linens and decorative accessories. For each project our goal is to transform the empty property into a stunning and memorable “model” home.
Here are 5 key reasons why it’s a very bad idea to put an empty home on the real estate market:
- People buy homes, not houses. When someone walks into a big empty house, it’s difficult for them to picture their lives there. An empty home can feel depressing and make prospective buyers feel melancholy rather than excited about the possibility of moving in.
- If there isn’t a point of reference such as a dining table or a sofa in a room, it’s difficult for a buyer to judge the size of the space. Contrary to popular belief an empty room looks much smaller than a properly furnished one.
- If there isn’t any furniture in a space, people have trouble visualizing how their own will fit. If they aren’t sure, chances are, they aren’t buying. That’s even more true in a slow real estate market where buyers feel no urgency to buy and there are lots of homes to look at in their price range.
- When walking into an empty room, the potential buyers’ focus goes from falling in love with the overall space to all of the small negative details that might otherwise not factor into their buying decision. A small stain on the carpet, a missing outlet cover, uneven drywall or a poorly fit molding will be magnified in the eyes of the buyer when there’s nothing else to look at.
- When a buyer is touring an empty house, or even a home with a handful of empty rooms, they become distracted. They start to wonder why the house is vacant. When they begin asking themselves whether this is a divorce situation, or a case where the vendor was forced to move quickly, they are going to jump on the idea that the seller is desperate enough to entertain a low-ball offer. Who wants that?