Vacant homes have always been a part of the real estate market for one reason or another. Many people find themselves in a situation where they have to move quickly for a job transfer, family changes, etc. Unfortunately for these home sellers, statistics show vacant properties spend longer on the market and sell for less than furnished properties.
Selling an empty home can have its advantages. For the agents, scheduling a showing is significantly easier because there is no one in the home that has a schedule to work with. For the buyer, they have confidence of knowing what the interior of the house will look like when they take ownership. The absence of furniture, paintings and rugs that can normally hide cosmetic flaws in the home.
In turn, the lack of furniture can be a disadvantage as well. The majority of potential buyers struggle visualizing the possibilities in a house without something there as a guide. It’s hard for buyers to imagine the potential of a room while staring at a blank space. Empty rooms also seem smaller so it’s difficult for people to tell how much furniture can fit in the space without a few pieces to hint at scale. Now rarely is a home sold where all the furnishings remain, but there is something about physically seeing the potential in a property that helps buyers visualize themselves in that space.
For years the solution to this issue has been employing the service of home stagers. In order to be done well, home staging takes time, physical energy and money. In recent years that has all changed with the introduction of virtual www. Now you don’t have to invest nearly as much to show the potential of your property, you can have your house staged digitally.
They say “a picture is worth a thousand words”, well in this case it could be worth even more. In our new technological age, home buyers begin their search independently using the internet, a tool that heavily favors the visual. A property listing can increase the attention it receives solely on the strength of its photographs. Standout images generate more interest, which encourages more showings to the property, which provides more opportunity for potential offers.
Virtual staging and professional photos are just a few of the many tools that we use to market your property to sell. If you are planning or considering putting your home on the market, please give us a call at 251-929-0555. Our Listing Specialist would love to show you how we can sell your home quickly!