May 18, 2010
While personal effects can definitely give your home some “personality”, when listing your property on the MLS it’s best to listen to your agent!
One homeowner collected 30,000 bobbleheads over the course of 45 years. Then the owner proceeded to install custom shelving to house the impressive collection which wasn’t removed prior to allowing potential purchasers to tour the home. The agent had to take some sidesteps. First, he said in the listing that the current resident was the original owner, and to prepare potential purchasers. Second, he also noted that the custom shelving would be removed.
Another popular pitfall is owners thinking some finishings are really great because they spent $30,000 on their kitchen renovation in 1986. It’s not about how much was spent, but really how it looks now. If it doesn’t look current, then it won’t attract buyers. Some other deterrents include too much art, too many family pictures and, to put it bluntly, too much crap!
Yet another buyer wanted to take a family photo of everyone around the dining room table to show how many people it could hold. Some sellers don’t try at all, leaving unpacked boxes blocking the entrance to some rooms altogether. Another seller had to be convinced to remove a swastika poster. Yikes!
And it’s not that your agent is casting judgment. One agent said:
“It’s hard to tell [sellers] to take things down or get rid of things without them taking it personal…You don’t judge them but you really have to encourage them to clean things up.” Yourhome.ca
The moral of the story is, if you’re paying a realtor to handle your listing, then listen to ’em! They’ve sold far more properties than you have. After all, that’s their job.