Selling an empty house vs. furnished – which is better? Opinion is divided. Some say that potential buyers are more likely to see the appeal of a house if it’s furnished, while others say that furnishing a house for sale is expensive, inconvenient and not worth the effort.
Whether you sell your house furnished or unfurnished will likely come down to your personal preference and situation, but to make the decision easier, we’ve outlined some of the pros and cons of each option.
Pros of selling a house furnished
Most vendors who sell a property furnished do so either because it’s the easiest option (such as if they’re living in the property) or because they recognise that furnishings can impact a house’s perceived liveability.
- Furnishings can help prospective buyers get a better picture of how the space can be used
- Increases the aesthetic appeal of a property, making it seem like a home rather than a house
- Helps cover up small imperfections like chipped paint, marks on the carpet etc.
- A beautifully furnished house can add to its perceived value and help attract a higher price tag
Cons of selling a house furnished
On the other hand, choosing to sell a house furnished can mean extra work and costs, and using the wrong furnishings can do more harm than good.
- It’s inconvenient if you’re aiming to sell and move out as quickly as possible, and don’t want to leave furniture removal to the last minute
- Can be expensive if you use professional staging services or hire furnishings for the purpose of the selling the property
- Leaving furnishings in can make the space look smaller
- Unattractive furnishings can detract from the home’s aesthetic appeal
Pros of selling a house unfurnished
Vendors typically decide to sell properties unfurnished because it tends to be more convenient and less costly. In some cases, showing a property unfurnished also adds to its perceived value because it appears more spacious and clean.
- Typically less expensive to sell a house unfurnished as furniture hire and staging costs don’t apply
- Showcases a property’s maximum space and core architecture, which some buyers prefer
- Lack of furnishings means one less thing to worry about for showings – an unfurnished property can be inspected at a moment’s notice, which could see it sell quicker
Cons of selling a house unfurnished
On the other side of the coin, an unfurnished home can lose some of its character and aesthetic appeal to potential buyers. It’s also more difficult to hide imperfections if a home is unfurnished.
- Potential buyers could be turned off by a blank slate and have trouble visualising how they might furnish the property themselves
- An empty home can seem dull and lifeless
- Could seem like the property has been on the market for a long time or cause speculation about why the owners were so quick to leave
- Lack of furnishings means nothing goes unnoticed, including imperfections
So, should you sell furnished or unfurnished? The answer is that it depends on your preferences and willingness to spend money. Some houses present better when tastefully furnished, which can help secure a higher price.
You should only use your own furniture if it’s impeccably presented and has broad appeal. Otherwise, hiring furniture or using professional staging services could be the way to go. If space is an issue, it’s usually a better idea to sell unfurnished as it showcases the maximum amount of space to prospective buyers.
Above all, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to selling your property – it’s all about what works for you.
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