According to NAR, staged homes sell for 17% more money and are likely to sell faster. Most of these homes are sold within 11 days of listing.
For a long time, real estate professionals have been talking about the importance of curb appeal and professional staging. Focusing on these areas ensures that you get the best price for your house in the shortest time possible.
However, you cannot employee these techniques when you are selling a vacant property.
You have moved out from the house, and now you are looking to find a buyer. The problem is that most buyers have a hard time visualizing their ‘dream home’ in your vacant property. Empty homes are also subject to insurance issues. Some buyers may question why you have moved out of the house. In the back of their mind, they are asking:
- Is something wrong with the house?
- Why did the seller decide to sell?
- I see that there were some repairs and updates done, were they done properly? Are updates in alignment with the remodeling permits and local laws?
- Are there any structural issues I don’t see?
While you may have moved out because of genuine issues such as job transfer, you cannot always convey your problems to a stranger. You need to find a way to get around these beliefs and sell your house fast. But it all starts by getting potential buyers through the door.
Almost 90% people search for their dream house online. That means customers will first view the pictures of your house before visiting you in person. It is also indicating that it is a must to capture the attention of internet visitors. According to a survey held by Redfin suggests that listing with professional photographs get 61% more page views and therefore asking price per square foot is 47% increased.
You need attention-grabbing photos, but the pictures might not look great without having furniture and other decoration items in your house.
Here are some ways to stage and decorate your house even if you are not living in it.
Virtually Furnish Your House
If you do not want to invest in house staging, you can virtually stage your house. That way, buyers can see how each room is used and how the house looks when furnished.
Virtual Property Tours
Creating virtual tours is an option but not a recommended choice. If your house is not well designed, then computerized makeover and virtual tours can put off buyers when they visit your property. Make it clear that both the pictures and videos are virtually furnished.
Would you like to stage your house but do not have enough funds to cover the costs? You can rent furniture. That way, you can stage the property without paying the full price.
Visit local shops and compare price estimates. Most companies may have contract limits of 3 months. Make it clear that you want to sell the house so that the furniture can be returned as soon as the sale of your house is complete.
In case, renting furniture is not possible, or you do not know how long will it take to sell your house, you can go on consignment shopping.
Look for discounted deals. When you sell the house, you can either gift the furniture to new homeowners or sell it in on Craigslist. This option saves you money. You only pay when the furniture is sold, and because of proper staging, you are increasing your chances of selling the property fast.
Still looking for another solution to sell your vacant property?
Contact a reputable cash buying company. A cash buyer can purchase your house as-is for a cash price. You do not have to worry about repairs, staging or curb appeal. Instead, you can sell the property within 10-14 days.