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No Offer ~ Maybe you didn't stage your refrigerator properly!

After reading this post this morning we decided it was worth passing it on. We focus so much attention on the kitchen when we are getting ready to list a home it just makes good sense to add the refrigerator to the list...happy reading and thank you to Dorie for sharing it with us.

What?? Is this a joke? I was reading an article in the New York Times called Staging Refrigerators for Real Estate Showings and I laughed at the possibility of what buyers were discerning when checking out a refrigerator during a visit during an open house.  It got me thinking many buyers do open the refrigerator and make comments on the content. As the article states “The contents of a refrigerator speak volumes about the seller who’s lived in the home you are considering making your own.”

This, of course, makes sense. We make snap judgments about other people all the time, why wouldn’t we do the same when checking out the contents of the seller’s refrigerator! If the items are neatly arranged and everything is labeled it gives us the impression the whole house has been maintained in this fashion. If the refrigerator is stocked with upscale and expensive items some buyers like to identify with this lifestyle. After all; each home on the market is offering a certain lifestyle to consumers.

In Austin, Texas the refrigerator, washer and dryer do not normally convey with the house as they are considered personal property. Since fewer companies are paying for moves we are seeing sellers think twice about paying for the moving of these items and are often leaving them as an enticement for the home purchase. More buyers are checking out the appliances they would be acquiring. Maybe it’s time to add “staging our refrigerators” to our list when preparing our listings for market. Who knows maybe “You are what you refrigerate!!”


If you are a homeowner thinking of selling, a prospective buyer or just curious about real estate in NW Austin; I welcome the opportunity to discuss our market. Feel free to contact me at 512-346-1799 or email Put my expertise to work for you.


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Comment balloon 4 commentsMikenMarie Edwards • June 15 2013 08:18AM


I think this maybe a very good suggestion. Especially for first time home buyers that would benefit from not having to buy new appliances and an appealing frig could just seal the deal.

Posted by Kathy Stoltman, Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793 (Rockwood Realty) almost 6 years ago

Hi Mike and Marie,

Thank you for the re-blog! It is surprising how many buyers will open a refrigerator (especially if it is staying with the house) and make comments!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) almost 6 years ago

Mike and Marie,

Thanks for reblogging this. I missed the original.  Excellent post.

Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Samsel & Associates) about 5 years ago

Interesting post.

Posted by Anna Hatridge, Missouri Realtor with Goodson Realty (Goodson Realty) almost 5 years ago