FL Home Staging FAQ's- Why Do I Need to Remove My Personal Photos?

Reblogger David Burrows
Real Estate Agent with Classic Realty Realtor

Kathy Streib has penned a very worthwhile post on the subject of, "Why Do I Need to Remove My Personal Photos?" She is certainly qualified to speak on this subject as a Home Stager. I hope that sellers who visit my blog on a regular basis will take a moment to read this most important writing. It should only take you a couple of minutes.


Original content by Kathy Streib

FL Home Staging FAQ’s- Why Do I Need to Remove My Personal Photos?

One of the most used and abused dictums in Home Staging is to remove all Staging and personal photospersonal items with the focus being on personal photos.   It’s one of the first things I hear when people talk about Home Staging..... “I know, Kathy, I have to remove all my family pictures.”

Here’s why :

~  Like anything else when preparing your home to sell, we want to remove items that might distract the Buyer from seeing your home and its space.  A wall covered with family photos.... a table covered in picture frames  fall into the category of too much “clutter”.  

~ Buyers are human and like all of us, they will stop to look at the photos.  What this is doing is taking the focus away from their seeing your home and places it on “Gee, I wonder who this is?”  
The same is true for diplomas, certificates, and trophies.  When I was buying a home several years ago, the home I was viewing happened to be owned by a sports celebrity.  Know how I knew?   Yep.... there were certificates, diplomas and personal photos in the rooms.  I have no idea what the house was like but I do Home Staging-personal photosremember who the owner was.

~Security- this is the paramount reason Home Stagers ask you to remove your personal items and photos, especially those of children in the home.  This includes the plaques with their names on them.  We can’t know who will be walking through your home.


While I usually ask the Sellers to pack their personal photos,  I do not insist on all photos being removed except those of young children and ones that are “cluttering” the space.  I try to gauge the mindset of the Seller as well as the targeted buyers for the area.

I had one client who had just lost her husband.  Having a few well placed

photos of him around the house was helping her

get through the selling process.

There are some who feel that some kind of family photos add warmth to the home.  Many new home builders will place “family” photos in strategic

areas such as the bedrooms or family game room.

Ask your Home Stager for a Staging Consultation to decide what will work best for your property and how you can prepare your home to put its best foot forward!


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Barbara Hensley
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David - this is a good post for a re-blog and explains well that question we always get regarding taking down their personal photos.  

May 31, 2012 02:36 AM #1
Atlanta's Home Inspector, David Lelak IHI Home Inspections
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THis is a wonderful blog to share. I think that so many people feel that the reasoning behind removing the pictures is to eliminate the current owner's presence only. It is important that clients get a solid understanding from their agents why they must do something. Particularly something that most people only tie personal feelings into.

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