Do I Need to Remove My Religious Symbols?

Real Estate Agent with UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA RS193539L

Debbie Reynolds presents a very good question "Do I Need to Remove My Religious Symbols?" This is a subject many of us have confronted on occasion.


It is my opinion the point of removing personal items from the home is to give your prospective buyers an empty canvas of their own so to speak. You want them to be able to picture their own belongings in the space you're trying to sell them. It's not just religious articles that should be put away it also could include family photos, childrens' artwork and knick knacks.


Think of it on the positive side, of opening up the possibilities for your buyers, rather than "hiding" yourself and your beliefs. Even if your prospective buyers were devout Christians, it's best to have a space where they can envision their own personal sanctuary. The more you give them to daydream about, the more likely they'll consider buying the Seller’s home.


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Original content by Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties TN Broker: 208698

Do I Need to Remove My Religious Symbols?

Do I need to remove my religious symbolsWhen meeting with a seller and after touring their home we sat down to talk about the procedures of showing their home once it goes on the market. I mentioned some cosmetic items that should be done to make it look better and even discussed some simple staging tricks that would make it show its best.

The decor was simple and not overbearing. There were just a few family photos around and though many agents think these need to come down I did not see them as a problem. I explained that the buyers would look at their pictures and it may be better to take them down during the showing if that would bother them. Sometimes these things become distractions and the buyer can't focus on the house itself.

This is when the buyer brought up a religious item they had hanging on their living room wall. To me it was not a problem because I knew I could shoot my photography around it without focusing on the picture in question much like I do with baby names in nurseries. I realized that they were not of my faith and though we had done business before this was never a problem. My job is to sell houses and it does not matter which faith or religion my clients choose.

But it must have occurred to the seller that this could offend a buyer or cause them to not want to buy the house or they wouldn't have asked. I stumbled for an answer because though I was taken by surprise by their question, I could clearly see their point in asking. I don't personally think that way but a buyer may very well think that way. 

Not knowing how to address this I just left it up them. If they were comfortable taking it down and felt like they should, I would support them. If they wanted it to stay up I would support them in that too. After leaving I wondered if I had done the right thing. What if there had been multiple religious symbols throughout the house would I as their agent be doing them a disservice in not asking them to remove them for showing purposes?

Do I Need to Remove My Religious Symbols?


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Comments (9)

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Bette, I agree - not just religious symbols - many personal items are best stored away so buyers get to see the home and not the stuff in it.

Feb 09, 2015 08:37 AM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
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Bette - I agree with Debbie. It is, probably, yes and no. On the one hand if people still live there, they shouldn't make too much sacrifices. But if they can and are willing, then why not?

Feb 09, 2015 11:24 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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I would keep mine up, God stays out front and center whether I am selling or not.


Feb 09, 2015 01:35 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
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Thanks Bet for the reblog. This seller was sensitive to the unrest in the world. I can appreciate his thinking.

Feb 10, 2015 10:58 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

We are becoming too politically correct, we need to take a step back and focus on the fact, there is something about similar buyers purchase homes from the people before them...Endre

Feb 10, 2015 01:38 PM
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
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Kathleen DanielsJon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL,  Bob CraneDebbie Reynolds,  and Endre Barath, Jr. - thanks for your comments. 

 If we were to sell our home, God would be right out front greeting those entering with a plaque that says "May the home and all therein, be blessed with God's Love."  The bibles, prayer books, Crucifixes, and palm crosses, would all stay in place with St. Francis sitting on the hill overlooking the property.

I would never insist a Seller remove their religious belongings, only advise them of the fact if there were multiples of the same item, like with other personal belongings, to reduce the number and keep it simple.  I think it's our responsibility to let them know what "may" distract buyers.  

Oh, and I wear a very simple, small gold cross, and I never leave home without it.

Feb 12, 2015 08:21 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

As a home stager I'm constantly recommending the removal of religious items. Anything that defines who lives in the home should be removed.

Feb 19, 2015 04:52 AM
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 This was a good re-blog and yes unfortuantely you do have de-personalize your home not everyone has your taste or your beliefs!

Feb 23, 2015 05:07 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I ask sellers to remove as many personal staff as they can( first of all their personal pictures, valuables, and their religious items, if possible).


Mar 04, 2015 06:10 AM

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