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Old 01-30-2018, 08:55 AM
 
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Condo units in the same complex/building are pretty much the same. Even though some may have a few added amenities, buyers check the sales prices of units with similar floor plans and prices vary little between those units.

If your parents unit is particularly bad in terms of wear and tear, dirty carpets or chipped/scratched woodwork and paint, spending a little to fix those things will go a lot further than spending $1.5 to $2K to try to cover it up with staging. If the basic condition is not that bad, staging is probably going to cost you more than it returns.
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Old 01-30-2018, 09:33 AM
 
Location: California
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A clean, empty condo with a few well placed artistic paintings on the wall will give you the open space with splashes of color.
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Old 01-30-2018, 09:36 AM
 
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Some great advice. I like the mostly empty with tasteful wall decorations and some minimalist furniture approach.
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Old 01-30-2018, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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I usually recommend leaving a dining table and chairs, or porch benches, or someplace to sit for a minute. If there's no where to sit, people will look and leave. Many many times clients have wanted to sit there and talk awhile to contemplate making an offer.
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Old 01-30-2018, 10:15 AM
 
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I usually recommend leaving a dining table and chairs, or porch benches, or someplace to sit for a minute. If there's no where to sit, people will look and leave. Many many times clients have wanted to sit there and talk awhile to contemplate making an offer.
That's a great idea. We might even purchase a cheap set at IKEA because their existing set is dated and dirty.
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Old 01-30-2018, 10:51 AM
 
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Talk to your realtor. If the kitchen and baths are original, and if the carpet is old, I don't think staging it will improve it enough to justify the expense. But we cannot possibly know. An experienced realtor should.
I've never met a real estate agent who wasn't in favor of me spending more money so s/he can get paid quicker.
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Old 01-30-2018, 10:53 AM
 
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We're actually going to use Redfin. I see no convincing reason to use a realtor in that market outside of the sort of ideas and insights I'm getting for free right here.
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Old 01-30-2018, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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Are you using a realtor? Most realtors now have a stager come in as part of their included service. I would ask for your realtors opinion on this matter!. Personally, I like a staged home. It lets me see how the rooms will look with furniture in them. An empty home could be deceiving and seem bigger than it actually is. I guess that would be a plus for the seller though!


WAIT....I just saw above that you're using a Redfin. Isn't that with a realtor, just discounted? They should still be able to advise you on this as they know the area best.
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Old 01-30-2018, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Are you using a realtor? Most realtors now have a stager come in as part of their included service. I would ask for your realtors opinion on this matter!. Personally, I like a staged home. It lets me see how the rooms will look with furniture in them. An empty home could be deceiving and seem bigger than it actually is. I guess that would be a plus for the seller though!


WAIT....I just saw above that you're using a Redfin. Isn't that with a realtor, just discounted? They should still be able to advise you on this as they know the area best.
Well, Redfin IS generally a REALTOR® firm.

There truly is no such thing as a "discount" firm.
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Old 01-30-2018, 03:01 PM
 
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Clear out half of the clutter and furniture and have it professionally cleaned.

That's it.
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