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Fridge. Agent says buy black, we say buy nothing. Your thoughts???

Our sink, stove, dishwasher are black. Fridge is beige. Selling now and agent says get black one. We are thinking of taking fridge and placing in it garage and leaving black space in kitchen. New 'counter depth' fridge will const us approx. $1,500. Have to get this type as space is small. Fridge is garage could be selling point? Or? Will empty fridge space freak people out? It is a sellers market in our price range in our town. Your thoughts please?
  • March 08 2014 - US
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Put it in the garage or leave it out, doesn't matter if you are in a seller's market & priced correctly.

Good luck!    
  • March 12 2014
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Virtual furniture works fine for listing photos, but doesn't help much with actual site visits.  Most of the time people that are impressed with photos that see something substantially different on a site visit are very disappointed and don't make offers, even though they know they are not buying the furniture.

I've not seen any pre-printed cardboard refrigerators to put in the space of a refrigerator to state "put your refrigerator here", model such and such suggested at a retail price of ....  You would think that if any appliance stores offer such free (or low cost) advertising options, they would have made it clear by now.
  • March 09 2014
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Old fridges are not necessarily a plus. They suck a lot of energy and they're bulky to discard. Whether you should have one in the kitchen depends on the relative price point of your house - and local custom (that varies around the country). If the house will sell for $500K or more, the owners may want their own new appliances anyway. If it's a median $250K house, buyers will likely expect basic amenities to be in place.

We live in our houses for a long time and that can be a good investment (minimal transaction costs), especially if they are non-tract homes. We put $30K into our last house in anticipation of selling it. After all, we paid $64K for it and sold it decades later for $370K. The realtor said to buy a new stove and we did; it was a tiny portion of the $30K. Our old house had multiple offers within 48 hours and apparently sold high; it dipped in value, post-sale, by $26K within 18 months which suggests that the $30K was well spent.

Ask your agent about virtual furniture. It's cheap and it doesn't require actual staging and suggests to the buyer what potential your place has.




  • March 09 2014
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If it is only for "staging" for the "showings" you could always do the "rent a center".  But then you need to clearly indicate that the Refrig is not part of the sales offer.

Sometimes if there is "limited space" (only shallow depth fit), buyers need to see something in the space to be able to visualize that something will "fit". Even if it is the "wrong color".
  • March 09 2014
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If you hired a good Realtor to represent you and your property I would tend to listen to him/her if they feel strongly about this (make a point to ask him point blank, "do you feel strongly this is a "key" point over other possible points that you feel is important for us to succeed best?")

In my area we would simply move it out to the garage or basement, but Its hard for us to know the customs in your area (this is one of the many reasons your paying a local Realtor).

If you convey the fridge with the property it would be proper here to add on the P & S "no warranties implied".
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Well, if you're on the market already, then - all the best!
  • March 09 2014
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It really depends on your market. Here in Chicago, we leave all appliances in most cases. Probably because moving them is such a pain and an expense. If your agent sells in your area, you should consider listening to him. 
  • March 08 2014
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take your fridge.    it's personal property.    if you leave it and something goes wrong with it unexpectedly, they'll come back to you for repair or replacement. as far as "other" and/or built-in appliances, I ALWAYS recommend a home warranty....    whether purchased by Buyer or Seller....   negotiable item
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We are in the low 600,000 range and houses are evidenty getting muliple offers. And there is nothing in our range in this town. Xlow inventory. Last two houses sold within 3 and 5 days. So I think making sure empty area is spotless and then leave fridge in garage. Much easier too and less time consuming. We need to focus on liquidating our furnishings, cleaning house, yard, etc. Thank you all. Your thoughts have given us the necessary information to go forth.
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Well it depends on the if its a deal breaker or not.  You can always offer a financial incentive, a rebate toward a new fridge or even a Home Depot gift card so they can pick out there own.  Your agent should have a few creative ideas.  I hope this helps.

ALOHA
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If the fridge is not built in it is considered personal property. You can take it out. If your agent tells you that people expect a fridge as that is custom where you are, go for it, $1500 are not a lot of in exchange your house sells better.
To find out how others are seeing this, visit some Open Houses and look how those sellers are handling it.
Also, you could sell the beige fridge and get some money towards the black fridge.
Unless houses are flying off the shelf, reasonably investing in your sale is smart spent money!

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Two questions: what's the price point of the house, and do you expect multiple offers and / or a bidding war?
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That's going to depend largely on what the customs are in your area.  In some areas, all appliances are "expected" to convey.  In some areas, it's unusual to have appliances convey.

If, in your area, appliances are supposed to stay with the property... I agree that the beige fridge will distract.  It's something that buyers will automatically assume they're going to have to replace, and build that cost into the offer.

It might be better to replace the fridge with a mid-range matching appliance, rather than allow the buyer to deduct thousands of dollars for the replacement of the fridge... you can still put the beige fridge into the garage, which offers a potential buyer a "bonus" fridge.
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Thank you both! And good idea if it becomes a sticking point - give a little bonus. Perhaps too the agents will kick in to give the buyers a bonus. Anything is worth a try.
  • March 08 2014
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Hi there,   

In California, the fridge is considered personal property and the presence of a fridge is just a bonus. Your agent is correct that mismatched appliances may put some buyers off.  You can always buy used off of Craigslist if you end up agreeing with your agent's advice.  However, I like your idea of moving the fridge to the garage and leaving the kitchen space empty.  Just be sure the exposed wall and flooring is clean, etc.  Buyers are pretty good at imagining the possibilities of a space and they just might not like the fridge you choose anyway.  Maybe, as Tammy stated before me, offer a gift card or other credit to the buyer, but only if it becomes a sticking issue.

Good Luck!
Ben Stephen
 
  • March 08 2014
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Perhaps you should put the fridge in the garage as you thought and see if there is negative feedback from the potential buyers touring your home due to the lack of a fridge. If you find that to be true, then you could consider either purchasing a fridge as your agent suggested, or you could offer some sort of incentive to buyers regarding a fridge, like "seller to provide $500 towards the buyers purchase of a fridge with an accepted contract". 
Good luck!
  • March 08 2014
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