“What do I do with all my family pictures when I’m selling my home?”
“I have lots of personal pictures around my house?”
“Can I leave up pictures when I’m listing my house?”
These are all great questions, but no matter how you ask it, as a home seller, you should take down and hide all your family pictures. This includes any portraits hanging on walls, framed pictures on tables, shelves, and bedside tables, and personal items on the refrigerator.
This should be one of the first things you do, when you decide to sell your house. Just walk around and carefully take them down. I like to put them all in one extra-safe place, like a well labeled Rubbermaid Tote. That way they are all in one place, and easy to get to when you move to your new place.
It’s important to de-clutter and de-personalize because lots of different people will want to look at your house. Everybody has their own style, and even though it was your home, you are now selling (top priority), and soon you will be able to start the fun part of decorating your new house. Plus you don’t want anything to happen to them during an open house.
Diplomas, certificates of achievement, and even trophies should also be removed as well as kids names on doors, or in their rooms.
“But what about all the little holes left behind, pencil marks or scuffs on the wall?” A magic eraser with a little bit of spackle does a great job cleaning up, or if you are going to repaint in a neutral color, just find a brand of paint with a built in primer.
I know it may be tough to put away all your great memories. It is for me whenever I move, but it’s something we all need to do to sell your house quickly. Like I said earlier, it’s just an opportunity to re-decorate at the new house, and create some new memories to add to your old ones.
If you have a question about preparing your house for sale, please leave a comment below.