Remove your personal photos, I beg you!

Removing Personal Photos

Hopefully, you caught Monday's segment "Always remove personal photos when staging…", if not you can watch it by clicking here. I covered the majority of the reasons you should remove personal photos but forgot to mention a few things.

I have shown buyers a house they adore. They want to write an offer, this is "The One"! As they are looking at things a bit closer, they take note of a ton of vacation photos or wedding photos at an expensive local venue. I kid you not- they literally say, "if these people can afford all these vacations or a wedding like that, then they can probably afford to come off their list price!"

A few photos can make a transaction turn personal quickly, which rarely ends well. The same comments have been made about golf score cards. If you or your loved ones are lucky enough to play on some of the world's best courses, it might be best to pack those mementos up & save them for the new house!

Along with your personal photos a few other personal things should come down too.

College degrees- sometimes the wheels in buyer's heads start turning when these see certain degrees, if you know what I mean.

Sports paraphernalia - entry rugs, landscaping rocks, posters, EVERYTHING! The buyer that is willing to give you the most money for your house may be a Jayhawker. Wouldn't it be unfortunate if you made such a big production out of your love for the Black and Gold that the buyer gets distracted and doesn't write an offer? It can seriously happen. Or they may be riled up enough to compete for who can "win" as they say in negotiations. The flag hanging out front gets comments from buyers as we approach the house, 9 out of 10 times. Probably not how you want to kick off a showing.

My clients typically understand the point of removing personal items & go along with it. Your goal is for someone to come in & fall in love with the house so much that they cannot picture anyone but themselves living there. If pictures of you are all over the place that is pretty much impossible for a buyer to do!

Now, I mentioned it briefly on the show, this can be emotional. It might be good to prepare yourself for this activity. Once the photos come down it starts to not feel like your home anymore. Which some have said was a nice way to ease into the overall process of closing one door & opening another.

When I sold my personal home, I made a big production out of taking the photos down. I gathered all of them in the living room & spread them across the couch, you know- propped against the wall across the back, on the cushions, the floor resting against it. Wine may have been involved. It seemed a bit ceremonial but it got the job done. I was able to thank them for their years of service & it was also easier to have them in one place for packing purposes. I didn't literally thank them, that was an attempt at a joke. The point is, don't worry about getting all sappy…it is completely understandable!Hopefully, you caught Monday's segment "Always remove personal photos when staging…", if not you can watch it by clicking the video above. I covered the majority of the reasons you should remove personal photos but forgot to mention a few things.

I have shown buyers a house they adore. They want to write an offer, this is "The One"! As they are looking at things a bit closer, they take note of a ton of vacation photos or wedding photos at an expensive local venue. I kid you not- they literally say, "if these people can afford all these vacations or a wedding like that, then they can probably afford to come off their list price!"

A few photos can make a transaction turn personal quickly, which rarely ends well. The same comments have been made about golf score cards. If you or your loved ones are lucky enough to play on some of the world's best courses, it might be best to pack those mementos up & save them for the new house!

Along with your personal photos a few other personal things should come down too.

College degrees- sometimes the wheels in buyer's heads start turning when these see certain degrees, if you know what I mean.

Sports paraphernalia - entry rugs, landscaping rocks, posters, EVERYTHING! The buyer that is willing to give you the most money for your house may be a Jayhawker. Wouldn't it be unfortunate if you made such a big production out of your love for the Black and Gold that the buyer gets distracted and doesn't write an offer? It can seriously happen. Or they may be riled up enough to compete for who can "win" as they say in negotiations. The flag hanging out front gets comments from buyers as we approach the house, 9 out of 10 times. Probably not how you want to kick off a showing.

My clients typically understand the point of removing personal items & go along with it. Your goal is for someone to come in & fall in love with the house so much that they cannot picture anyone but themselves living there. If pictures of you are all over the place that is pretty much impossible for a buyer to do!

Now, I mentioned

it briefly on the show, this can be emotional. It might be good to prepare yourself for this activity. Once the photos come down it starts to not feel like your home anymore. Which some have said was a nice way to ease into the overall process of closing one door & opening another.

When I sold my personal home, I made a big production out of taking the photos down. I gathered all of them in the living room & spread them across the couch, you know- propped against the wall across the back, on the cushions, the floor resting against it. Wine may have been involved. It seemed a bit ceremonial but it got the job done. I was able to thank them for their years of service & it was also easier to have them in one place for packing purposes. I didn't literally thank them, that was an attempt at a joke. The point is, don't worry about getting all sappy…it is completely understandable!

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