Take those Pictures Down! Not!

Real Estate Agent with Atlanta Communities 303302

For years the conventional wisdom has been for Sellers to take down and pack away all their family pictures. The thought was that this would help enable potential Buyers "Picture" themselves living in the home without the distraction of someone else's stuff. To this day I get asked by Sellers whether or not they should remove their family pictures.

My answer? It depends. If the walls are covered with pictures I will suggest they keep their most treasured photos up and pack the rest. This is just part of the home "De-Cluttering" process. Most of the time, though, I say absolutely not. Never have I had an agent say to me, "We really liked your listing but we can't buy it because the Seller has pictures on the walls".

As long as the number of pictures in the home is not over-whelming, I say leave them up. The Seller still has to live in their home while it is being marketed and it is stressful enough during this time. Let's not add additional stress to their lives. I will bet the potential Buyers will be able to focus on your home just fine!

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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Peter. This is really true and so well written. Nice job.

Aug 29, 2017 06:35 AM #1
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor

Hi Peter, I never tell my clients to remove all their pictures... it's okay to have a few... but I don't want family photographs hanging as a substitute for artwork. I've been in too many houses with buyers who get distracted and spend more time looking at pictures trying to figure out what the "deal" is with the sellers than looking at the house. As with most things in life, it's all about moderation.

Aug 29, 2017 06:50 AM #2
Jennifer Mackay
Keller Williams Success Realty - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Hello Peter - I seldom ask my sellers to remove pictures - IMO it gives the house a homey feeling - thanks for sharing

Aug 29, 2017 06:56 AM #3
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