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280,449
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

A covey of stuffed quail, 4 deerheads and a suit of armor.

 

Mar 10, 2015 02:06 AM
Rainmaker
161,439
Morris "Bill" Austin
Team Price Real Estate - Dripping Springs, TX
Exceptional service is my standard expectation.

Hi sloppy, dirty and smelly brother along with all hs belongings!

Mar 10, 2015 02:42 AM
Rainer
117,605
Bill Morrow
Keller Williams of Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
Bill Morrow, Associate Broker

I really cannot understand the overwhelming amount of folks that are concerned about animal trophy mounts in homes. I really see that as no different as artwork that is hanging on the wall. 

I agree that firearms and prescription meds should be secured and that homes most certainly be clutter free and made as spacious as possible.  One of my pet peeves (pun intended) is the number of sellers that do not concern themselves with picking up dog waste or "cookie piles" in the yard.

Mar 10, 2015 11:50 AM
Rainmaker
1,431,982
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Nothing really unique other than ordinary junk.  

Mar 10, 2015 04:50 AM
Rainmaker
226,040
Michael Layton
RE/MAX Desert Properties - Palm Springs, CA
Experience and Trust

I had to ask one seller to put the topless photo of his wife in a drawer.

 

Mar 10, 2015 03:44 AM
Rainer
21,445
Leslie Campos
Tierra Antigua Realty - Safford, AZ
The Only CRS in Graham County

Actually, I had the proverbial crystal chandelier that all the teachers talk about in real estate school. It was a spectacular piece in her dining room which was actually too much for the house. She had every intention of taking it with her so I had them swap it out for one less expensive, but nice.

Other times is has mainly been upscale appliances that the owners wanted to keep. I asked them to swap them out before the house went on the market and put theirs in storage. You can write such conditions all day long, but for items that are fixtures, it can get dicey when buyers see the nice stuff.

Mar 10, 2015 02:44 AM
Rainer
10,259
Michael Trites
Surrey, BC

Mirror from the ceiling...

 

Mar 10, 2015 02:32 AM
Rainmaker
528,617
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Large openly religious and political items are a must. I tell clients I am not judging your politics or beliefs, I just don't want to turn off any potential buyers. 

Mar 09, 2015 10:55 PM
Rainmaker
868,621
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

 A great big, wall sized symbol of the old south, suggestive of plantation owners and reminiscent of a way of life that no longer exists.

"This is Uncle Bill's room. I didn't know that flag was there!" 

Mar 09, 2015 10:11 PM
Rainmaker
1,509,802
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

First of all: remove all family pictures and expensive small accessories!

2.Clear all unnecessary objects from the kitchen and bathroom counter-tops ( don't forget to clear refrigerator inside and out!)

3. Rearrange or remove some of the furniture in your home( all ugly broken or damaged items should be gone);

Pack up and store. The house will look lighter, bigger, cleaner.

p.s. don't forget outside of the house! Everything should be cleaned and fixed there too.

Look at your house through the eyes of the fussiest buyer! And do trust your real estate adviser. They are there to help you to sell it fast and for the top $$$!

Mar 09, 2015 07:58 PM
Rainmaker
850,729
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Larry and Sheila, we have asked sellers to remove furniture as rooms were way too crowded.

Mar 09, 2015 07:42 PM
Ambassador
5,207,587
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

We make suggestions, decluttering is sometimes one of those.

Dec 05, 2019 06:33 PM
Rainer
279,648
Dipti Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
On a team with Praful Thakkar

Yes. Clutter.

Jul 18, 2018 11:47 PM
Rainmaker
304,810
Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa

Actually my client beat me to the punch. They had various "nudes" in the home to celebrate the human body and they knew that I would ask and took the lead on it for me.   LOL

Mar 15, 2015 03:13 PM
Rainmaker
90,443
Debra Peters
Referral Realty - Manorville, NY
NY Real Estate Salesperson

I have asked sellers to remove personal photo and medications, including jewelry boxes that are typically on bedroom dressers.

Mar 14, 2015 06:42 AM
Rainmaker
238,976
Dale Taylor
Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois - Frankfort, IL
Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos

Whenever Sellers tell me they want to keep something attached, and it is usually a lighting fixture, I tell them go and buy the replacement now and install it before we start the showings on the home.

Sellers sometimes make the mistake of thinking Buyers don't remember the type of appliances like washer and dryers to be left in the home.  Please, never ever make this assumption.  The problems created by a switch just after final inspection, just before closing, or just prior to the Buyers moving in is just not worth it.

Mar 13, 2015 04:38 AM
Rainmaker
538,683
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

I've asked Sellers to remove taxidermy. And declutter countertops in kitchen and bathrooms.

Mar 11, 2015 11:24 PM
Rainer
53,375
Patricia Zuk
Giaccio Signature Properties - Wayne, NJ

The best was a hookah pipe even though it was very decorative. 

Once I had to tell a seller to remove the place settings at the dining table.  Turned out they used it every day and she was spending over an hour taking it apart and putting it back together.

Most times it is the wall of history in the hallway that buyers spend 20 minutes viewing.

Mar 11, 2015 04:38 AM
Rainer
149,198
Theresa Akin
CORPUS CHRISTI REALTY GROUP - Corpus Christi, TX

Foul odors from pets which may include the flooring/carpet and anything attached like "precious chandelier" and replace with less expensive one. ANything loaded like pistols laying everywhere and not locked. I walked away from that one because they balked on every suggestion. That was a while back. Relative bought that one. Whewww!!

Mar 11, 2015 02:11 AM
Rainmaker
386,889
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

Too many animal trophies does not fly well in this county. Go 30 miles in any direction and most homes have them. It's the demographic and we need to attract the buyers.

Mar 11, 2015 12:59 AM
Rainmaker
432,579
Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

Animal head, religious items, personal pictures, guns, etc.

Mar 11, 2015 12:54 AM
Rainmaker
424,806
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Great question - for me it was the usual personal stuff, valuables, medications, but I've sure enjoyed reading everyone's answers!   Especially fun to see how many of us have had to ask the sellers to remove themselves!     So many sellers just can't understand that they are getting in the way of a successful buyer visit.

Mar 11, 2015 12:16 AM
Rainer
257,423
Kathleen Frawley
Keller Williams 916 730-4404 Elk Grove, Wilton, Folsom, Sacramento - Wilton, CA
South County Sacramento, 916 730 4404

YES! lots of things, but what immediately came to mind was dog pee stained curtains....eewww.

Mar 10, 2015 09:23 AM
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

I wasn't listing the house but consulting on an occupied listing.  It was half mannequin outside the master bedroom, with fishnet stockings on it. There were also several nude statues around as well. 

Mar 10, 2015 08:48 AM
Rainmaker
1,683,050
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

There ae certain pictures and posters that must not be for buyers to see, such as a beautiful woman in less than a bikini, sitting on a motorcycle.  Even when they are on the wall of the garage, they need to be removed.

Mar 10, 2015 08:21 AM
Rainer
254,032
Greg Mona
eXp Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Professional Real Estate Representation for YOU!

You name it!  It's been amazing what items some of our sellers "could not part with".  I must say it is dfar better to have it gone before you even list the home.  If it isn't there it can't be requested!

Mar 10, 2015 08:17 AM
Rainmaker
1,707,297
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Any dead animals on the walls. It creeps women out, in fact it creeps me out. Not quite up there with Dali or Monet.

Mar 10, 2015 06:21 AM
Rainer
42,064
Brenda Mitchell
Tulsa, OK

A car and some building materials in the yard.

Mar 10, 2015 05:52 AM
Rainmaker
256,610
Susan Jackson
America's Network Realty Group, Inc - Sandy Springs, GA

I had to ask a seller to remove clothes from the floor, and hang them up in the closet.  My broker got a good laugh when I came back with pictures of the master bedroom tray ceiling and fan.

Mar 10, 2015 05:27 AM
Rainer
158,015
Laura Moore
Coldwell Banker - Granite Bay, CA
Competent ~ Caring ~ Committed

Animal trophies, prescriptions, guns

Mar 10, 2015 05:17 AM
Rainer
527,375
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Mostly expensive light fixtures, crystal chandeliers and mirrors.

Mar 10, 2015 04:25 AM
Rainer
49,833
Virginia Kazlouskas (Gregory)
Harmony Real Estate, Inc. - Hudson, NH
Your Southern NH Realtor!

Valuables are the most obvious items that need to be put away at the least. But I agree with most of the comments when asking to remove dead animals, trinkets, pictures, collectibles that others might not appreciate, nude art, etc... 

Mar 10, 2015 04:16 AM
Rainmaker
181,327
Karen Steed
Tallapoosa, Bremen, Waco, Buchanan, Temple, Carrollton - Tallapoosa, GA
Associate Broker Haralson Realty

Prescription pain meds in a night stand or even in the medicine cabinet can often disapear.  I also advise sellers to protect things such as jewelry, guns, etc. while the house is listed.

Mar 10, 2015 03:53 AM
Rainmaker
263,673
Sandra Paulow
Aspen Properties, Inc. - Pinetop Lakeside, AZ
REALTOR, Associate Broker, GRI, SFR

I always tell my sellers if you don't want to leave it, remove it.  Buyers can focus on the darnest things and those things can make or break a sale.  I particularly point out things like light fixtures, decorator items, and that sort of thing.  I had a sale almost go sideways once over a wooden chicken someone left on top of a refrigerator.  The buyers got so focused on the chicken that they weren't going to buy the house unless the sellers left that chicken behind.  Also anything of value, guns, jewelry and items of value need to be removed or locked away out of sight. 

Mar 10, 2015 03:31 AM
Rainmaker
530,235
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Just after I started in real estate I had sellers with a beautiful stained glass window in the front door.  They had received it as a wedding gift but refused to remove it before showing.  I asked my broker for some support and he sided with the sellers.  Of course, it became a problem.  The buyers fell in love with it.  The final result was that the sellers had to pay for a new stained glass window plus a credit to the buyers.

Mar 10, 2015 03:21 AM
Rainer
66,214
Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

I have asked sellers to remove clothes & shoes out of their closets.  The closets were over stuffed with clothes.   Also photos & trinkets.

Mar 10, 2015 03:00 AM
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Marie Robbins
Tremonton, UT

All photos of family and kids and or grandkids just never know who is looking at the kids and or family members for whatever reason. As realtors we do not know everything about our buyers

Mar 10, 2015 02:47 AM
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Reptiles and questionable artwork.

Mar 10, 2015 02:39 AM
Rainmaker
4,799,306
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Guns and animal heads were all over the home.  The seller refused to remove them and I refused to take the listing.

Mar 10, 2015 02:38 AM
Rainmaker
512,574
Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

The Seller.  They wanted to "help" or at least watch everyone who went into the house.  "Please take this Starbucks card and have a latte on me. Let me know when you need another." 

Mar 10, 2015 02:28 AM
Rainer
241,637
Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

Yes. Religious items and an old mattress the seller's sister was sleeping on.

Mar 10, 2015 02:19 AM
Rainmaker
576,323
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

Client had a piece of art that was worth quite a lot.  The item was fairly portable and could easily be stolen during a showing, so I asked the owner to remove it and put it someplace safe.

Mar 10, 2015 02:19 AM
Rainer
292,121
Ron Aguilar
Continental Mortgage - Saint George, UT
Mortgage & Real Estate Advisor since 1995

some good answers here, thanks for the post

Mar 10, 2015 02:15 AM
Rainer
3,870
Jamie Stanton
Peace of Mind Designs Home Staging Solutions - Myrtle Beach, SC

Prior to listing and photographing remove trophies and displayed certificates in addition to personal photos and collections. Having too many plants looks messy so many of them should go too. Pets should be removed during showings for their safety as well as that of the prospective buyers.  

 

Mar 10, 2015 02:12 AM
Rainmaker
378,689
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

I certainly ask sellers to de-clutter and clean. If there is an abundance of personal photos, I will ask them to take some down. I also ask sellers to lock up jewelry, private papers, and prescription drugs. 

Mar 10, 2015 01:27 AM
Rainmaker
3,900,682
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Yes, I have. The items that stand out most clearly are moose heads on the wall!

Mar 09, 2015 09:02 PM
Rainmaker
3,333,268
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Besides himself....antlers and other "stuffed animals" are a no no

Mar 09, 2015 07:51 PM