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3 Simple Photo Rules While Selling Your Home

3 Simple Photo Rules While Selling Your Home. . .

Dear Jen,

My name is Marissa and my husband, 3 year old son and I live in a small three bedroom home in College Station, TX. We’ve just announced to our family that we are expecting baby number two in February!

3 Simple Photo Rules While Selling Your Home 3 Simple Photo Rules While Selling Your Home

I work from home and have to have an office. So, although we absolutely love our home, it looks like we have outgrown it. I’ve never sold a home before, but know that I need to declutter the house. I think I pretty much have that under control, but I’m struggling with something I keep reading online about selling your home: depersonalizing our home. Most of the real estate sites say that we should take down all of our photos so that buyers can envision themselves in the home. I’m really having a hard time with this one. We have a large framed photo in our living room that I love! It is of Brian and me, surrounded by friends and family who are throwing rose petals as we run out of the church on our wedding day. It is one of my two favorite things in the house. The other is a framed photo of Brian holding our son on the day he was born. Those photos represent the two best and most important days of my life. I smile every single time that I look at them and to think of having to take them down and hide them away somewhere just breaks my heart.

I’ll do what I need to do to sell our home, but I guess that I’m just hoping that you tell me that those photos can stay!

Thank you so much!


College Station



Congratulations on your upcoming new addition!

Great news! I disagree with the advice on those real estate websites. I believe that personal items are part of what makes a house a home. There are a few rules that we like to follow, but there is nothing in these rules that would keep you from being able to smile at your favorite photos everyday.

If you follow these three rules for photos, you should be just fine:

refrigerator1) Remove everything from the outside of your refrigerator and freezer. This includes photos, calendars, and even artwork. You have probably heard that kitchens and bathrooms sell homes. That may be a slight exaggeration, but they do weigh heavily in most buyer’s decision making process. A clean, sleek refrigerator helps a kitchen to shine!


s-l10002) Perhaps you’ve seen this before: a long dark hallway with slightly faded photos in mismatched frames from the last 50 years. You may be thinking of your Grandmother’s home right now. If you have a version of that hallway in your home, go ahead and pack those photos, touch up the holes and repaint the hallway.


3) If you have framed photos stacked two deep on furniture, we suggest “editing” those down a bit. We usually ask our sellers to choose their favorites and stage to highlight those particular photos. We feel that photos of family and friends warm up a space. However, if the number of photos is too overwhelming, you may distract buyers from the reason for their visit: to evaluate your home. They are there to see if your home is a match for their needs. So, remember to keep it simple!

I wish you and your family the very best! Enjoy those photos and congratulations again on the baby!

Best Wishes,

Jen Zweiacker

For more information on the real estate process in the Bryan and College Station, TX area, please call 979-450-0455.

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