Joe Frazier, Stuffed Birds & Sellers In Tights.

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Compass 0524642

Depersonalizing a home for sale is a common strategy that most home sellers have either read about or seen promoted on HGTV. There are certain aspects of depersonalizing that matter & others that simply do not. To me, depersonalizing a home means to quite simply, create and offer an appeal to the masses that will ultimately generate a sale - the main objective.

Your averaged seasoned Realtor has been in lilterally thousands of homes. I can tell you with certainty that when a home sellers decor becomes the focal point of the showing there's a serious problem.

No seller should have their wall/interior overwhelmed with personal items. If you love you some you, that's fine, but there shouldn't be 50 pictures of you in evening wear displayed for everyone to see. There should be no giant oil paintings of you and your boyfriend above the bed in the master suite, especially if you're in evening wear. Relax the selfie motif. Chill with the "look at me stuff." I still remember walking into a house a few years ago and seeing a huge life-size portrait of the home sellers painted on their walls. The husband was holding a sword and the wife was holding a shield. These people were serious about themselves. I can't imagine what was going through their minds when they decided to list their home for sale.

Religion is a big deal, but a dedicated prayer room should be modified to not takeaway from the home itself. If you're in love with crosses, that's fine, but they shouldn't dominate the house. I consider myself a believer in God, but I don't think the good man upstairs would be upset if I had 7 crosses up instead of say, 50. I also don't believe God is going to curse the sale if start packing and preparing "for a move." It's a justifiable reason to not worry.

If you're an avid sports fanatic, that's cool too. Nobody wants to see a life size statue of Joe Frazier by the front door along with dozens and dozens of posters, memorabilia or anything else that's over the top. The same goes for all the low budget and horrific stuffed animals you killed 22 years ago. If an eye ball is missing TAKE IT DOWN. A stuffed bobcat jumping in the air that's missing a foot and a nose is not a pleasant site. It's horrible. You're moving! Take it all down.

Depersonalizing isn't just about removing self-portraits. It's about common sense. You're moving, so start packing. Your home isn't a museum of your brain, it's not a commodity that needs to be sold. You'll need to dial back your pride and put your product in the best light for a solid sale that will yield you the most amount of money in the least amount of time.

Posted by
Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass 
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Comments (7)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Greg - I could not agree more!  Buyers do not need these distractions, and it's better for the sellers to just pack it up. 

Aug 02, 2015 10:33 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Greg,  many need to be reminded of the above tips when common sense does not kick-in!  Once again your humor gets the point across!

Aug 02, 2015 01:17 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I love the delivery of this post....well said!  

I'm surprised at just how many sellers, and even agents, still don't have this figured out yet!

Aug 03, 2015 10:54 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

It does get serious when you can't walk into the house and see  nothing but family photos on every available shelf.  Pack it all away and let the house look as big as it possibly can

Aug 03, 2015 10:59 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Greg -- many of my buyers give a name to the homes they have seen in order to keep track -- no seller should want to have their house known as the creepy couple with pictures of themselves in costume.    

Aug 03, 2015 11:16 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

 I listed a home the other day and had to ask the sellers to remove some of their crosses.  They were in every room on every wall.  Too much already! 

Aug 03, 2015 11:48 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Way to go Greg! I love your writing style and how you get your point across. I saw that Sharon Tara re-blogged it and I was happy to read it. I mentioned to Sharon that I'm seeing a lot of Prayer Rooms in North Dallas and recently, it sent my buyers out the door faster than if I had to shout FIRE! Respectfully, we can't discriminate but neither can Seller's and when they sign the listing agreement, seriously listening to what their Listing Agent has to say is something that should be respected too. 

Aug 04, 2015 09:34 AM