Your Family on the Wall – OK with Buyers or Not?

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I like this topic and it comes up a lot i think if the pictures are in good taste why not leave them as long as there are not too many!

Original content by Jeff Dowler, CRS CA DRE #01490977

Your Family on the Wall – OK with Buyers or Not?


It been commonly accepted that decluttering and depersonalizing a home for selling is a good, if not essential, thing to do. We don’t want to distract potential buyers and want them to be able to envision living in the sellers’ house.


Guess whoIt’s part of the advice most of us, no doubt, give our sellers, and is certainly a component in the staging professional’s repertoire.


But two recent discussions with buyers while out touring makes me wonder how important it is. Or at least if, for some buyers, seeing the sellers’ personal photos, whether family oriented or not, really is a detractor but might be more of a positive thing?


I’ve had 2 recent buyers ask me if agents were still telling sellers to get the personal photos off the walls, and wherever else they reside, and that this was important.


The reason for the question, in both cases, was that these buyers all liked seeing personal photos because it helped them to feel more personality in the home, and an attachment to the people who lived their lives there. Indeed, in both cases they all gravitated toward the photos upon entering and spent time looking at them and commenting amongst themselves.


Pop Pop and granddaughter Giada At about 2 weeks oldFor them it was appealing, and not a distraction.


Later they all said that they really liked seeing who lived there, how they lived, and gaining a sense of the personal lives of the residents, rather than being distracted by these photos.


So I wonder.


Does the family remain on the wall or get relegated to a box in the closet?


Do the personal and family photos create a problem? Or does that really depend on the buyers, which in some cases might help create a feeling of welcome?


I'm going to start asking buyers what they think.


Your thoughts?


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Comments (1)

Ed & Tracy Oliva
West USA Realty - Arizona - Fountain Hills, AZ
The Oliva Team Arizona Agents
Good Morning Russ, This is some great Info for all in the buss!! keep up the good work and good luck with your business and sales, E
Apr 23, 2013 10:02 PM