Selling a house comes with a lot of decisions. Should you sell it furnished? Partially furnished? What about the asking price?
Is it normal to ask more for a house that’s partially furnished? There are so many considerations that play into these decisions.
When is Selling a Home Partially Furnished a Good Idea?
Selling furnished homes is not the norm in real estate. But it’s not unheard of, either. It’s extremely common for second homes, vacation homes, or unwanted rental properties to be sold with some (or all) of the furnishings included.
Selling a house partially furnished is also common for homes that have been well-staged. A beautifully staged home shows very well and the buyers might be prompted to make an above-asking price offer in exchange for asking that the furnishings be included with the house. That deal might be tempting, especially if you spent a lot of money purchasing items for staging that don’t work in your new house.
According to Taylor Spellman, a professional designer and home stager, a staged home that is sold furnished typically sells for 30% over the asking price. The markup isn’t a guarantee, though, and it certainly depends on the quality and appearance of the furnishings. Trying to sell a home that is partially furnished with dated or poor-condition furnishings isn’t likely to go well.
Risks of Selling a Partially Furnished House
Selling a house furnished isn’t right in every situation. There are risks involved in selling a house with all of the stuff inside. Some of those risks include:
- Losing Money – Sometimes the idea of moving all of your stuff out to sell a house can be overwhelming. Selling a house partially furnished won’t always bring in more money. In some cases, “furnished” or “partially-furnished” is code for “full of stuff”. In these cases, the seller should expect to sell the house for less because the buyer will look at it as a house that needs a lot of attention.
- Overly Customized – A home that is sold partially furnished tends to be customized to the seller. The buyer may not appreciate all of the items, and see them as a liability that needs to be removed. If you choose to sell your furnishings with your home, try to leave only the ones that are in good condition and neutral in appearance to appeal to a broader range of buyers.
- Need to Start Fresh – A fresh start can be a great thing, but it might not feel so great when you move and realize you need to buy all-new furniture because you sold your furnishings with your house. Consider what your next steps will be before you offer to sell your house furnished.
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If you’re hoping to sell your Colorado Springs house with all or some of the stuff inside, ZechBuysHouses can help! We buy houses in any condition, furnished or not. We can close in as little as 7 days and you’ll walk away with cash in hand. We buy houses in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the surrounding areas. Contact us today to get your all-cash offer!