You’re putting your Big Island condo up for sale, and you’re considering including the furniture. Will buyers want it? What if you want to keep some pieces? How does it impact the sale? Let’s look at the advantages of selling a furnished condo in Hawaii.
Help Buyers Envision Themselves at Home
Staging is a common tactic used to help buyers picture furniture in the home and how they might use the space. You can go one step further if you choose to sell your Hawaii condo furnished! Buyers can see not just furniture placement but also how they might decorate.
They may or may not love your style, but they can always make changes down the road as they settle in, which is especially attractive for first-time homebuyers and investors. Not only does it aid in creating a vision for their family in the new home, but it also eliminates the need for hauling heavy items upstairs and the possibility of scratching floors or dinging door frames. Assuming your style is not too outrageous, it will probably only help.
Eliminate Shipping Issues
Due to being so far from manufacturing centers both domestically and internationally, newcomers to the island may not realize that it can be difficult to purchase certain things in a timely fashion.
Furniture is one such area where the items must be ordered and then brought in, so unless you can find what you want in a furniture store locally, chances are there will be a significant wait before ordered items arrive.
Listing your Big Island condo for sale, complete with furniture, is a huge advantage in Hawaii, so your agent will likely play this up in the listing, which may earn you a higher offer amount for the added convenience.
Make Sure the Contract is Clear
To include the furniture as part of the sale, your real estate agent will need to write up an inventory list. This will list all the items to be included or excluded (or both), so there is no confusion about what the buyer will own after closing. Going even further to ensure there is no confusion, adding photos of included and excluded times helps tremendously!
There is room for negotiation if you have sentimental or very valuable pieces you may want to sell, but this should be part of the initial agreement to ensure a meeting of the minds. Once your agent has drawn up this list, double-check it to make sure nothing is missing and that the items to be included are truly what you want to include.
Selling It as a Turnkey – Big Island Investment Property
Investors are always on the lookout for properties that need little to no rehabbing that they can use for short-term vacation rentals or for other investment purposes. For them, finding a furnished condo on the market in Hawaii is almost a dream come true! This means your home or condo could sell faster if it is an attractive purchase for investors looking for something turnkey.
There are no downsides to listing your Big Island condo for sale with the furniture, but there are a couple of things to consider. Ideally, it will still be in pretty good shape, so the buyer finds it worthwhile to keep it, and you should also have a plan in mind for furnishing your new home before you choose to get rid of your current furniture.
Your Big Island Realtor
Contact me to get started if you want to chat about selling your furnished Hawaii home. I’ll help you navigate the process of determining what a buyer might want to see, staging the furnishings, and writing the contract. Whether for a Big Island investment property or the buyer who needs something he can quickly move into for relocation to Hawaii, your furnished condo will likely be what someone is looking for.