When I talk to Owners in Harbourside South Pasadena, I so often get asked, “What should I do with all that extra furniture I have?“, and my answer normally is “NOTHING until I get there and we talk about it!!“.
Whether you are thinking about selling your Harbourside Condo in South Pasadena or renting it out, there is no black and white answer to this question, like so often in life – it all depends!
One of the problems with completely empty properties is that people like to look at things. If they view an empty property and there is nothing to look at, they will look at every little flaw that there is – the nail in the wall, the spot on the carpet, the crack in the tile. Naturally in Harbourside, we often hear “But we are selling the VIEW!”. Which is true, but that still means the potential Buyers or Renters are going to be walking through the front door and see a big, empty, open dining/living room area or looking from the balcony into the unit.
Often a property that is furnished looks in overall better condition, and more appealing than unfurnished. However, if the furniture is not in good condition, very outdated or not appealing either, then it turns into a turn-off, too.
Here my rule-of-thumb:
If the furniture is “extra” because you didn’t want it any more, and it’s in bad shape, outdated, or simply ugly, donate it, or even toss it if too poor of condition to be donated.
If the furniture is “extra” because it is not needed any more, and is so attractive that a furniture consignment store would be willing to take it, leave it in the property. Ask your real estate agent for help with positioning and how to use it to showcase your property best. I might even suggest a professional staging company come in and stage your property for sale. In that case, you might save some $$ if the staging company can use the existing furniture and fill in the blanks in between instead of starting new.
Depending on your Buyer’s or Tenant’s situation, the furniture might even tip the scale in your favor over another unit they are looking at. Relocation, new material status, a new family addition are all reasons why more or new furniture is needed, if it’s readily available in your property and up for grasp, it might help you close the deal.
In today’s real estate market, properties need all the help they can get. Why not let your extra furniture help you sell it? There is always time to worry about selling or donating it once you have a Buyer or Tenant lined up, don’t jump the gun on tossing good stuff without talking to us first!
Tanja Cisliek | Realtor cell 727-480-4155 fax 727-498-5656 ReachTanja@gmail.com www.RealtorTanja.com South Beaches Real Estate Professionals Inc.