Remove Personal Photos Before Listing Your Home

Reblogger John McCormack
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Remove Personal Photos Before Listing Your Home

Kathy Streib points out good reasons we need and should remove personal photos before listing an Albuquerque or Rio Rancho NM home.  I hope you appreciate Kathy's advice.

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Remove Personal Photos Before Listing Your Home

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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