We’ve all heard that your home needs to be devoid of personal photos when your home is for sale, but do you know why? There are lots of reasons why your personal photos can affect the sale of your property. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen buyers more interested in the family photos on the wall then in the space of your home. I often hear comments such as “oh I think I know them” or “Look at that Mullet! Come here honey and look!” Not only are they distracting themselves, but their spouse as well and now neither of them is looking at the home. I can tell you that I’ve been guilty of the exact same thing with funny family photos, but when I ask a client later what they thought of a certain home; they almost always forget what the features were of the homes with the photos.
Your photos may not only be distracting but can give away your motivation for moving, possibly you were just married and there is only one person on title of the home. As a real estate agent/Investigator, I’m able to determine that most likely this home is not the preferred home of the recently married spouse and that he/she is motivated to sell this house to get into a home that belongs to both of them to start their newly married life. Some family photos can show how many kids you have and how old they are, from that I can tell if a family needs to move since they no longer fit in the home. Even if they have done a great job de-cluttering to make the home look spacious, the number of people in a home can tell me they are motivated to move for extra space.
A handful of times I have found art to be just as distracting. In those times, it has been extreme. For example I was in a home where to artist was the owner and every square inch of the walls was covered in her art and self-portraits, while the art was well done, it was too much and we ended up counting the number of art pieces in the home which totaled over 70 on the walls.
Another distraction can be the family calendar, some families write very detailed items on their calendars, often very personal details. I would suggest that all personal items be put away, photos, calendars, artwork and anything else that may distract the buyers or give any insight as to your motivation to move.