Anyone who sells their home is always looking for the way to raise the value just a bit. Unfortunately, they’re not quite sure how to do it. Sometimes, all you need is just a piece of a trending furniture, and here’s what happens when you’re not even aware you have that in your house.
How Kyle (49) from Arlington, TX sold his house with the help of a dining chair
When I was thinking about selling my house, there were certain things I needed to do first. All that paperwork, meetings with a realtor, inventory listing, repairs, and checkings… It got me so exhausted, and I wasn’t even started!
But, I kept thinking about what I’m going to do with the stuff I don’t need anymore, especially some old dining chair that my mom used to love dearly. Surprisingly, it was still in a great shape but looked like mid-century, outdated. It had this curved seat with only one leg. Looked nice, but I kept thinking how it’s going to fit in with the rest of the design. Maybe that’s because I wasn’t familiar with the interior design, so every chair looked the same for me. But, I didn’t want to toss it off yet.
I asked my real estate agent first should I keep the chair and offer it to the homebuyer. She said, “Yeah, sure”, but wasn’t really interested. My wife and I decided to list it with the house. Find out more at Emfurn.com
How a dining chair helped me raise the value of the house
On the open house day, people would walk around looking. They didn’t look interested until they’d bump into the chair. I watched from the corner: every single one of the visitors would make a comment about the chair. I must say, that really got me wondering, what’s about the chair that, obviously, anyone can see but me?
I took a picture of the chair and googled it. That’s when I found out it’s a tulip chair, quite popular back in the 1960’s. As I kept browsing and researching, one of the visitors approached me and asked, how much I’m asking for the chair only. I said it comes with the house, so I didn’t think of the price. They looked a bit disappointed and said, “We were hoping to find one of those tulip chairs for our dining room since we’re into mid-century modern decor and stuff. We have three of the same kind, but couldn’t find that last one. Are you sure you’re not going to change your mind?”
Told my wife what they’ve asked me, but she wasn’t into it. “We should leave the chair in the house. Who buys the house can get a chair”.
So, I got back to them and said, “I apologize, but the chair remains in the house. Whoever decides to buy the house, will get the chair, too”. They looked for a second, and the man said, “Okay, it’s a deal.”
It all went smoothly – they didn’t mind when the realtor raised the price a bit. She eventually found out about the tulip chair, so used it to make a more competitive offer. Frankly, we needed that extra buck on the price, so it came out perfectly. And who knew a dining chair would help me sell my house?