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Selling A Maine Property Listing Totally Furnished, Good Idea?

Selling A Maine Property Listing Totally Furnished, Good Idea?

The property listing in Maine needs to be sold and you are wondering if totally furnished is the way to market the place.

Often a Maine home buyer already has furniture, their own stuff. So they “take” the contents but not pay anything extra for it. Or they don’t want or need more of the stuff so the “totally furnished, just bring your tooth brush” presentation may go over like a lead balloon.

If the buyer for the Maine home just lost everything in a fire, might be a different story.

But usually someone wants just pieces, individual items of the total contents. And will pay more for each item they really want. And you end up with more from the proceeds.

Plus the property interior feels way bigger in the case of an estate sale when items get hauled away, sold off. Or divided up among the family members in the case of an estate sale.

Where Gram and Gramp never got rid of anything. And the house in Maine looks so much smaller, cluttered and hard to maneuver around inside because of all the stuff collected over sixty or more years. Three living room couches in harvest gold. Attics and garages, sheds, basements choke full of “treasures’.

Getting rid of items is not so easy these days with have to shell out and pay those transfer stations. For the hauls to the “dump”. The FREE sign on the couch parked on the front lawn or whatever item can work incredibly well to just make them evaporate. To be used by someone in the traveling audience, a motorist who heave ho’s and off she goes.

So selling a place, a home in Maine completely furnished, does it add to the saleability or cause more problems? Depends on the quality, the quantity of stuff. The buyer could determine there are some pretty nice pieces and they want the extra trinkets. But not if the sales price on the property is inflated, bloated beyond the value of what the buyer determines all the extras are worth.

Personally, it is nice if personal property never intended to be included is left out of the negotiations.

Beyond just the appliances in the Maine home staying behind, included in the sale. Because if the John Deere compact tractor with all the attachments is not part of the sale, trying to bring it and other “toys” or tools into the let’s Fixing The Maine Chevy.make a deal is a distraction. Need to stay focused on the property, the Maine real estate.

Because I have seen haggling over something that is not that valuable but that becomes the straw that broker the camel’s back happen.

The small petty item that becomes larger than life for grabbing something extra. Usually happens more in a nasty, drawn out divorce proceeding. Where lines are drawn in the sand.

And legal beagle poison pen letters are flying back and forth at a hundred dollars a copy.

And everything can get escalated to a war…not budging an inch. To divide and conquer as many of the household items as possible. He, she who gets the most wins. Yeah right.

When I am on both of the husband and wife’s side as they try to part ways. Sell the Maine family home. Split up. I like them both, try to be a Dr Phil to ease them from unmarital bliss into the great wild blue yonder. I think of the kids and want to help get this behind the family so both can go on with their life and raise them.The kids are the number one priority right?

Another example of property with lots of extra doo dads, equipment added on is when a dairy farm in Maine is listed to be sold.

The new buyer may like farms but not the seven days a week kind that milking Holsteins and Jerseys creates. So to insist as the seller of the Maine dairy farm that no sir, they have to pay extra for the stainless steel milk tank, glass lines, all the pumps, gutter cleaners etc can be short sighted. Sell those dairy farm items to someone that wants the parts for their milking operation. Or to add to the farm in another area of Maine where they have to, want to set up the milking parlor. To pull up a stool and start the down load of fresh Maine milk.

Contents left where they sit, included with the sale of the estate Maine home can make it easier for the family members many states away. But usually I suggest creating a list. Just offering the items to the buyer of the Maine home first. And letting them decide to buy some, all or none of the list. And during marketing, working at getting a buyer of the contents or specific items to make the load lighter. one by one. The Maine home starts to look bigger, more ready to move the buyer’s personal furniture, items into the place they hope to buy.

I’m Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

207.532.6573  |  MOOERS REALTY 69 North St Houlton ME 04730  |  [email protected]


Andrew Mooers

Welcome to our Maine real estate website. I am the father of four grown children, have listed, marketed, sold properties for over forty years. Lots of changes in the real estate industry over that many decades and daily we re-invent our job. I grew up on a Maine farm that I bought from by three older brothers. My youngest son continues in the tradition on that same Maine farm. Here to help with property searches for homes, farms, land, waterfront, multi housing rentals, small mom and pop business listings.

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