Sentimental Value is NO Value

Reblogger Suzanne McLaughlin
Real Estate Agent with Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)

While sentimental value may be NO value, there are some things that show you have cared for the property, and may actually increase the value. 

You cannot give value to something that is intrinsic, but you can convert care and pride of ownership into $$$$.

Now, read this and go thank Judi for a great blog post. 

Sentimental Value is NO Value


Your home may have a lot of sentimental value to you.  It may be compounded by it's location, close to where you grew up, or maybe because you raised your kids in the home...Kelly took her first steps right there down that hallway... you spent the last 24 years of your married life together in that home... watched the neighborhood change... bought your gasoline from Fred down at the corner gasoline station.  Those doors were ordered from Mary's father when he ran the local lumber yard. 


That's wonderful... but on the real estate market, sentimental value does not count.


Sentimental Value has no value when you get ready to sell your home.  Have you ever tried to take sentimental value down to the bank and deposit it into your checking or savings account?  Try it sometime.  If it works, please let me know because just about every home I list has sentimental value to the sellers.  You're not the first one to think it should equate into more money on the closing table. 


Some of those things that you value in your home, though, will equate into a better offer. 

  • You value a clean home... that helps it sell and usually bring a better offer.
  • Your sentimental value that is attached to those solid wood doors has probably prompted you to take better care of them and being in good condition should help you get more for your home.
  • The rose bushes that you lovingly planted in the flower beds.. YEP! That's a plus.
  • The swing on the front porch that you've sat in many times and watched the kids play, probably. 


BUT some of the things that you value can actually hurt your sale.

  • The out dated kitchen appliances
  • Worn door knobs and cabinet handles
  • Dripping faucet in the bathroom


Anything that speaks to it's function and attractiveness being all used up, needs to go.  If a timely sale at a good price is important to you:

  • Paint what needs to be painted.
  • Repair or replace what needs to be repaired and/or replaced.
  • Pack the small sentimental mementos and things that will have no meaning to a buyer.. put them away.. make your home less cluttered and roomier. 


And last but not least...   Please don't try to convince the buyers of the value of your home due to it's sentimental value to you..  when buyers look, you need to be somewhere else, not home trying to bump the offer. 

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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

There is no math formula for emotion. Those thoughts and feelings are nice and can bring us security, but they hold no money value to others.

Jun 11, 2011 12:42 PM #1
Leah Henderson
Asset Realty, Inc - Columbia, SC

This is such a crucial issue. Especially in a market where new homes predominate and are similarly priced.  I understand the difficulty; however, there is no way around the big three: price, condition and location. Unfortunately, memories have no intrinsic value for the new buyer.

Jun 11, 2011 12:44 PM #2
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Suzanne, sellers get stuck on sentimental value with emotions tied to for example remodeling I have seen. I painted that deck two summers ago and need my $2,000 back. You have to point out it is a product and besides they are moving away.

Jun 11, 2011 01:43 PM #3
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

The emotional attachment that comes from your home will not do a thing for the buyer.  They have to love it because they see themselves capable of turning this house of yours into a home for themselves.  The condition of the house will matter to them and the price but some of those extras that you've enjoyed will just not have the same value to them that it does to you.

Jun 11, 2011 03:55 PM #4
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Suzanne, this was a great reblog!  The dent in the siding near the garage door that happened when Susie was learning to drive isn't endearing either! LOL

Jun 12, 2011 08:00 AM #5
1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK


I am honored that you would re-blog.  Thank you and I hope both our clients read and heed.  :)

Jun 13, 2011 12:31 PM #6
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