Helloooo? Is anybody home? Looks like you might have already moved to your new house, congratulations! But did you know that staging an empty house can be just as important as staging a home that you actively live in? If you’re not sure what you can do to jazz up that empty house to sell, stick around. That’s what we’re talking about today and we’re starting it right now! Hi everyone, I’m Lindsay and I’m a REALTOR® with the Wise Move AZ Team.
My team and I serve the North Phoenix metropolitan area with a focus in beautiful Anthem, Arizona. If you’re new to our channel, hit that little subscribe button in the corner. We put out new videos every Thursday and Sunday with tips and tricks to help you navigate the wonderful world of real estate. We put out a bunch of videos on staging your home, all of which assume that you have stuff in your house and that you’re going to continue to live in it while it’s on the market. Maybe you’re saying “yeah, yeah, that’s great but that doesn’t apply to me! I’ve already cleared everything out, it’s vacant, and I just needed to sell already!” Well let’s get real, vacant homes benefit from staging in ways that directly impact your bottom line. The statistics are clear, homes sell faster and at higher prices if they’re staged. That applies to both occupied and unoccupied homes. Leaving a home vacant can be risky. I’ll talk a little bit more about this later, but suffice it to say it’s important that our ‘Wise Sellers’ (like you) get their vacant homes sold quickly. Here are some challenges to consider when trying to sell an empty house. It’s difficult for buyers to connect with a vacant house. The goal with staging is to have potential buyers visualize themselves living in your home. Empty rooms appear smaller than they are. The theory behind this is that the human brain judges the size of things in relation to other familiar things. If there’s nothing relatable in the room the brain has nothing to go on except edges and corners. The point here is that some buyers will be unable to visual their own furniture in a vacant room. Potential buyers may look around a vacant home quickly and leave quickly, as there’s less to see compared to a furnished home. The problem with this is that you want potential buyers to stay if possible. Last but not least, when you give potential buyers nothing to focus on they always find something, which in most cases means they focus on old, chipped paint, scuff marks, and dirt. None of which make your home more appealing. Here are our suggestions to stage your empty house: #1: Keep it clean. Your home needs to be spotless and stay that way until it’s under contract. We recommend regular cleanings. #2: Kitchen and bathrooms. Because there’s no furniture required in these rooms they can be easily staged with a limited number of decorative accessories. In the kitchen, a large bowl of fake fruit, cookbooks, oven mitts, and small kitchen items that look decorative can add color and light. Remember to make groups of 1, 3, or 5 items. The same is true in the bathroom, decorative items should be bathroom related like towels, soaps, and lotions. It’s always a good idea to have soap and toilet paper in at least one of the bathrooms, just in case! #3: Avoid confusion. It’s important that you stage rooms where it’s not crystal clear where certain furniture items should go. For example, in a family room you may need to add furniture to show potential buyers how to set up and watch TV. If you have a room where the use is not obvious you’re better off staging it to give potential buyers options than leaving them standing there thinking ‘what could this space possibly be used for?’ It may be obvious to you and me that a room that doesn’t have a closet is perfect as an office or a games room, but keep in mind many people don’t have that ability. For rooms like that you can always borrow or rent furniture that will tell the story for you. #4: Paint. Have a look around and see if fresh paint will spruce the rooms up. Fresh paint in warm, neutral tones and even accent walls will go a long way in making your home look more inviting. #5: Finishing touches. Inevitably you’ll be left with some empty rooms. Consider putting a couple of brightly colored chairs and a lamp or table in the corner of a room. You’ll be shocked at how it adds color and perspective to the room. A tall plant and a few cushions strategically placed in a corner will work too! #6: Repair and perfect. Keep in mind that if your home is vacant greater emphasis needs to be used to ensure all remaining areas of your home are perfect. Look at your cabinetry and its hardware. Ask yourself, do you need to add or change anything here? Check out all the working parts of your home. Are all your switches working properly? Are all the light bulbs lighting up? Are the fridge, stove, washer, and dryer in good working order? Have you made all the necessary repairs? As a final word of caution don’t lose sight of the fact that your home is more vulnerable because it’s vacant. Security cameras are a lot less expensive now than they’ve ever been in the past. Seriously consider investing in some cameras that will allow you to monitor your home 24/7. Also don’t forget to let your insurance company know that you’ve moved out and that your home will be vacant until its sold. They may be fine with it, but be ready to add an inexpensive rider that ensures you have coverage during this period. That’s it for today! Thank you so much for watching. If you want more information on this topic make sure you click the link below, to read the full blog post on our website. We put out new videos every Thursday and Sunday so make sure you hit that subscribe button to stay up to date on all things Anthem and real estate. And remember if you or anyone you know is looking to buy or sell their home, please give us a call. It’s always the right time to make a wise move with the Wise Move AZ Team.