When it comes to selling or buying a home, some of the homes may be vacant that you see or they may still be fully furnished since someone may still be living in it. Here are some pros and cons to both--and what to think about if you are considering selling or buying a home!
1. Easy to "See Yourself" In the Home - If a home is vacant, it is generally rid of all personal items from the seller. It is easier to picture you and your family living in the house if someone else's stuff isn't there! If a vacant home isn't an option when you are selling, be sure to put up a lot of personal family photos and things if you can so the seller can see it as their "home".
2. The "Bones" of the Home are Easily Visible - When a home is vacant, it's easier to see the condition of the flooring, walls and other fixtures of the home because there is nothing there blocking the view. You can see how far the closets actually go back and where the electrical outlets are located.
3. Easier for a Buyer to Plan Ahead - Since there is nothing in the home blocking the walls, it will be easier for a buyer to measure window sizes, wall spaces between windows and various other things in the home to see if their things will work in the space. You can also easily see where things might need to be touched up with paint or other little fixes before a person moves in.
1. Hard to Picture Furniture Layout - For some people, it is hard to define a space without furniture in a room, especially for oddly shaped spaces. Someone may find themselves asking "Where did the couch go? Does a king size bed fit in this space on this wall?".
2. Scale Can Appear Differently - It's odd, but, sometimes a vacant space can make a room either appear smaller than it is, or larger. In this case, using measurements is the best way to know for sure how large a space is. A room that might feel big and open when there is nothing in it might all of a sudden feel cramped when you add your furniture if you don't know what measurements you are going to be working with.
3. Can See All the "Warts" in a Home - Just as a vacant home can help a buyer really see the bones, it can also show all the bad spots if you are selling a home. A buyer can see all the little nicks in a wall or where the couch was against a wall. It can show the worn areas of flooring more easily or make a home seem less inviting. Some of these issues can be solved by some cleaning, but others might involve some cosmetic touch ups so your home will be more appealing.
4. Hidden Issues for Prolonged Vacant Homes - If a home has been vacant for a prolonged period of time, it can have certain issues that are unseen to the naked eye. For instance a problem with a leak can go unnoticed for a longer period of time with no one in the home to catch it, and therefore damage may occur. If there is no heat or air conditioning running in the home for an extended period of time, the extreme temperatures could cause moisture issues, pest problems or other undesirable things in a home. Some major appliances might even have problems if they have set for a long time and not been used. A good home inspection may be able to help you know what you are dealing with before you purchase that vacant home.
Bottom line is that every single house is unique and whether it is furnished or not, there will be things you need to consider in each situation when you are buying or selling a home. --Jen Lush