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Is furniture important?

Is furniture important? I always tell my clients to ignore how a home is furnished, because they are not buying the furniture, which is usuallly the case, only once has a home I have sold been furnished and included in the sale.

But I have to admit I love watching house hunters international on HGTV, and so many of the homes are furnished and it does make a difference to the buyers what furniture is included. They often choose one home over another because of the furniture. Now I am the first to admit some of these homes are vacation homes, so having everything included is a nice package deal for the buyer.

But, several of these homes are in countries where they take their kitchens with them when they move, can you inagine, taking all your appliances, cabinets and counters off the walls. That would be an interesting walk through.

But sometimes it seems to make sense and I wonder how many of you are finding clients who are relocating, or getting married willing to include all their furniture? Let's leave aside the problems of mortgage appraisals for now it is not a bad idea. Everything is turnkey, just move in and everything is there, what you don't like you swap out. Do you find this an option in your markets?

Would builders do better to include a furnishing package, everyone loves those model homes? So how important is the furniture?

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Comment balloon 4 commentsNick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 • February 22 2011 05:42PM

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I always tell my listing clients that many buyers can not envision a room differently than the way it is displayed. That seems to be a talent that you either have--or don't.  For that reason, I think furniture can be very important. 

Posted by Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience ( Associate Broker, Momentum Realty) over 7 years ago

Like Holly, I think furtinure can be very important. Most clients want everything is perfect and not bare when they move in.

Posted by Krista Lombardi (Prudential Calfornia Realty) over 7 years ago

Stagers will obviously agree that not just furniture but where it is placed is important, I guess i am driving at including furniture in the price of the home, for a turnkey offering.

Posted by Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) over 7 years ago

I have heard a designer turned realtor tell me that proper staging can impact the home price as much as 20 percent.

As for furniture, I just inspected two houses - one where the sellers were downsizing, and one where they were moving to Florida - and in both cases everything in the house was up for negotiation (including a gorgeous 1890's piano).  Heck, I almost gave an offer on the 8 foot handmade wood inlayed dining room table!!!  I think that there is a market for it, but it has to be on a small scale (like you suggest, first time buyers).  And even then, Americans tend to want everything all new...

Posted by Joseph Michalski, PA Home Inspector (Precision Home Inspection) over 7 years ago

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