I think most will agree that when you list your house for sale, you should depersonalize it, meaning take down personal pictures, etc. The thinking is you want the buyers to focus on your house and its features not your personal life!
I'm not one to make a big deal about taking down personal photos, unless there are an excessive amount of them, it doesn't bother me that much with my listings as long as the home is in show condition. I know some agents are sticklers about this and will make recommend their sellers take down even 1 personal picture.
Recently I was showing a house to some buyer clients of mine. It was a nice listing, not a foreclosure or short sale, I know shocker, huh? Anyways, the house was in really nice shape, showed well and had some nice updates including a new kitchen with granite. I have been working with these particular buyers for a while now and I thought this one had most of the things Mr. & Mrs. Buyer were looking for. We went back for a second showing but I knew it was not the one. They weren't excited about it, you could just tell. So I asked what they liked about it and what they didn't. One of the dislikes was a certain aspect of the floor plan which I had already kind of figured, but more than that, Mrs. Buyer said there was just something about it, she said it didn't look lived in, there was no personal touches anywhere. Now this home was painted neutral colors, had neutral carpet and hardwood and was clearly occupied, but as I looked around I had to agree. There was nothing on any of the walls or counters or shelves. I think they over did it, depersonalizing the home. I'm sure a professional home stager would have had solutions for this house.
So fellow REALTORS(r) what is your opinion?
And current and future home sellers remember, don't make your house look like it's not a home. Also, consider hiring or consulting with a professional home stager.
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