You see the darndest things in people's homes when you show property. Yesterday I was out showing homes in a toney part of Annapolis Maryland. When we entered one of the bedrooms - used as a den/home office - we came across a pig statue. It wasn't just any pig, but, a pig with a bit of an "tude" as the kids say (attitude). Prominently displayed on a table all to itself, the pig (pictured below) is posed in an arrogant stance don't you think? The buyers got a chuckle out of it and I did too, so, I couldn't resist the photo op.
I'm not sure what the owner would think, and no offense is intended, but the pig should go. What we think is way cool could offend or turn buyers off to a particular home. It's probably best to remove personal items and unusual art objects before putting your home on the market.
Last week, out showing waterfront property, I came across a platter mounted on the wall ... "Everything tastes better when there's dog hair in it!". I couldn't agree more - being the dog lover that I am - but not everyone will agree, especially if they're "cat people" instead of "dog people". I should have taken a photo of that one, but, I missed the opportunity. Perhaps I'll go back for a "second showing" and sneak a picture.
When sellers put their home on the market it should be "show room ready". Sellers should create an environment to encourage buyers to purchase their home. Tip-top showing condition can be hard to achieve in today's hectic world with jobs and kids and pets. Sellers should strive to do their very best.
What is the darndest thing you've seen in someone's home when you've shown property?