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What are the pros and cons of selling an empty house?

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If the home is vacant it needs to REALLY SHINE!   Just some simple staging can make a huge difference because it allows buyers to "visualize" how to use the space.

Having a home that is ready for quick possession is very attractive to buyers in this fast moving market right now.  A lot of people are worried that they have to "time" the moves with selling, rental agreements etc.
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October 03 2012
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Like the responses.  We bought a new house and we are close to moving but don't need all the furniture so some can stay.   My husband thinks we should leave all the furniture except for some pieces, I say a few empty spaces are not going to make the difference.

The house is paid off so that's not a problem.  The next question is, should we take the house off for the winter (beginning in November) and put back on the market in March/April?

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October 03 2012

An unoccupied, but staged home, is good.  The more potentially problematic situation is the single family home, which is rented.

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October 02 2012
Pro:  Your not stressed to move out and then the deal falls through

Con:  Buyer's have more leverage to get the price down 
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October 02 2012

The pros to selling a home that is vacant gives the buyer and agent flexibility and will get shown much more than an occupied home.  Secondly, the home will appear bigger without any furniture in it.  The empty home allows the buyer to visualize their stuff in the home instead of seeing the Seller's stuff.  Not everyone has the same taste so this is very important.  You don't need to worry about anyone messing with your personal possessions.

The cons are that an empty house can show wear and tear and a potential buyers might see more blemishes.   If the home is not paid off then you are paying money every month for utilities and mortgage that is not being used.  

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October 01 2012
It all depends on how the home is furnished.  Some properties show better without furniture because the furniture looks worn and dated, or there is too much clutter.

Unless the house is either staged for a sale, or very nicely furnished, it is best to show it empty.
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October 01 2012
Thanks for posting your question on Zillow.com!

I agree with Rob.  I had 1st time home buyers yesterday and when in an empty bedroom that said how it seemed smaller because they can't see how a bed fits.

Staging with any small amount of furniture will help if you can.

Good luck.  If you need a referral for a good listing Referral, feel free to let me know.
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October 01 2012
Pros - uncluttered homes look larger, some buyers can not look past others person taste / decor

Cons - the house feels less like a home, it is hard for some buyers to have the vision of how a room would be set up
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