FACT: An empty room is a smaller room.
JUST PLAIN WRONG: Furniture makes a small room smaller
I strongly encourage every Beach & Bay seller to furnish a room, because without fail, if they do not, I guarantee buyers will make the comment that the room is small, in fact too small for their requirements and that great first impression is lost. Not only that, a buyer will go on to say “Imagine how small the room will be once furnished! “ This is so wrong but it’s hard to convince a buyer of this. Buyers need to see to believe.
Recently I had the situation where 2 identical properties were for sale by the same owner, one was furnished and one was not. I would show buyers through the first unfurnished apartment and, like clockwork, their initial reaction would be “Oh the bedrooms are small, will they fit a double bed?” Tape measures would come out, criticisms would be made…Then I would take them to see the identical but furnished apartment and their reactions would be positive, no concerns about fitting a queen bed (maybe even a king) and tape measures would come out again but this time to actually confirm that indeed the rooms were exactly the same size as the other unfurnished apartment.
A furnished room shows dimension which in turn makes the room look bigger and it shows the buyer clearly the functionality of a room. I’m not encouraging clutter, because a cluttered room is a disaster for presentation and of course can make a room look diminished. What I am encouraging though is hiring furniture, or if finances are tight, borrowing core pieces of furniture for rooms, a bed or a desk or a sofa from a friend or neighbour.
An empty property is a smaller roomed property = a harder sale = longer sale = reduced sale price