Why Selling Your House Furnished Can Cost You

When homeowners list their house for sale, they frequently consider trying to sell it furnished. After all, those Shaker chairs that worked perfectly in the old New England farmhouse are going to look downright wrong in the sleek new Florida contemporary. Worse yet, who wants the added hassle and expense of moving things they don't want anymore?

Don't do it, say realty and tax experts. Not only will listing your house furnished complicate your deal, it could also wind up costing you money.

Experts cite three main reasons why listing at a price that includes furnishings is a bad idea: