To furnish or not to furnish?

November 18, 2008

Darla Rowley, an Accedited Home Staging Professional and owner of Impact! Interior Design Solutions, says residences should be furnished when they are on the market to fetch the best price and generate the most buyer interest.  She notes that buyers cannot typically visualize their own furnishings in the home, and they are less likely to notice oddly shaped rooms if the house is furnished.  Rowley said home stagers should be hired to determine where to place furniture and which items should be removed. She also encourages home sellers to leave vacant dwellings at normal temperature, keep up landcaping and lawns and ask someone to pick up any mail still coming to the house. Sellers forced to relocate due to their jobs can ask their companies to cover the cost of staging, as it often speeds up the sales process and thus reduces carrying costs and temporary housing expenses.  Read the entire article by Darla Rowley here at the Realty Times.

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