Home sale prep personal photos
My daughter in the position to have a relative's home in which to reside while she tests the market for selling her home. This will allow her to get the home show-ready and then have the luxury of not living there with two toddlers, a messy husband, and a dog.
The new subdivision into which she will eventually move has larger lots and requires a well and septic system; therefore, it will be more expensive than her present home. This means that although she has a large equity in the present home, sales price needs to be in line with comps for the area (Hill Country Texas)and not bargain basement price. We want to help her get top dollar for her home.
She has begun to methodically and diligently work on getting her home ready for the market. One of her interests and personal focuses is family and family history, which means that she has more than the usual number of family pictures around. For example, there is a kind of gallery of family pictures going up the stairs to the second floor.
My question is especially aimed at realtors, and any with somewhat local experience would be very helpful. We know from watching TV over the years that most home stagers recommend storing all the personal pictures. She has seen and heard this a number of times, but is still doubtful that is "all that necessary." I believe that in two of the last three homes we sold, I had not packed the majority of my family pictures. But I must say the market was more evenly balanced then between sellers and buyers.
So, realtors, as you walk around homes with clients, are many of them turned off or distracted by family pictures? Or is that piece of advice a bit exaggerated on the real estate shows?