How a dining chair helped me raise the value of my home

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!

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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 Surprisingly, it was still in a great shape but looked like mid-century, outdated.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

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?”

a dining chairTold 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?

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