Remove Family Photos When Listing Your Home

When getting your home ready to sell, you may be focused on painting a room or replacing the bathroom fixtures, but the small details matter too! This is especially true when you think about photos and pictures you have around your home. There are many reasons why it’s good to “depersonalize” your home when you are getting ready to list your home for sale. 

1. Buyers need to envision themselves living there. When a buyer walks through your home, they should picture themselves in the home. If you have family photos everywhere, it may feel to the buyer like someone else’s home and they may have a more difficult time imagining it being their home.

2. Safety for the sellers. Listing photos of your home are published on the MLS. From here over 50 websites, including Zillow and Realtor, syndicate your listing. People should only be able to see what the inside of your home looks like, not what your children look like or find out their names from cute signs hanging in their rooms. Make sure to remove photos and identifying information before having listing photos taken.

3. No chance for prejudice/bias. Having photos of a young family, an older couple, people of different colors and races can be cause for prejudice or bias. An older buyer may assume the neighborhood is suitable for young families only if the sellers have children. Someone may be put off by something in the photos.

It is always best to depersonalize your home. Use non-identifying decorations and artwork to fix up your home. Pack up your personal photos for decorating your next home! It is only for a short time and you will soon be able to display all of your favorite smiling photos again!


Special Mortgage Loans for Homebuyers

As mortgage rates increase, special “niche” loan programs may be a good option for you. These loans have features that may avoid mortgage insurance, allow you to buy with less money down, or use adjustable rates to get you a lower interest rate. I talked with Chris at Fulton Bank and Melissa at Northwest Bank to find out some of their current loan products. (See their contact information at the end of the article)

What Happens When I List My Home?

You’ve decided it’s time to sell your home! Maybe you are upsizing, downsizing, or moving out of the area. Whatever the reason, you want to prepare ahead and you probably have a lot of questions about the process. Let’s look at all the steps that go into listing your home for sale.

10 Tips – Sell Your Home Faster!

You’re ready to get your home on the market and get it sold. But you’re not sure where to start! Taking time to make repairs and a few upgrades will go a long way in making your home attractive for buyers. Add some organization and staging and you can be sure buyers will be lining up to check out your home!