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What to Hide When Selling Your Home

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When you are looking to sell your home, no detail is too small to overlook. From the neatly trimmed rose bushes in the front yard to the sparkling blue pool in the back yard, homeowners putting their home on the market have their hands full.  But beyond the routine fixes and cleanups that most families are quite familiar with, putting a home on the market includes properly staging and presenting your home to unknown persons with different tastes and preferences.  While a good real estate agent or a professional stager can help you “declutter” and add some fresh artwork or bowls of fruit on the counter, what should you make sure to clear out before the open house?  Here's everything you should make sure to hide when trying to sell your home:

Drugs and associated “paraphernalia.”  Despite the laws in your state or city, not everyone is a big supporter of marijuana.

Mousetraps or roach motels.  Doesn’t exactly help your home scream “buy me!” to a potential buyer if they think you’ve got rodent or pest problems, right?

Cameras in the bedroom.  Talk about your awkward moment.  ‘Nuff said.

Any other sex-related items in the bedroom.  Your bedroom should say “relaxation” and “comfort,” not “Cinemax.”
  Taxidermy.  Unless your home doubles as a hunting lodge, take the stuffed heads off the wall.  Not everyone appreciates hunting, and it will undoubtedly offend potential buyers.

Guns and ammo.  Speaking of hunting, do yourself a favor and stow the weapons before real estate agents take families through your home – remember, kids often accompany parents on a home tour.

“Creepy” collections.  If you’ve got a collection of dolls or a shrine to your favorite celebrity, try replacing it with something a little more neutral, like a book or something that doesn’t draw undue attention to itself.

Anything political.  Considering the nation is, to say the least, polarized, why annoy or offend 50% of your potential buyers?  If you’re a Trump voter, do you really care if the person who buys your home is voting for Clinton?

Yourself.  No one likes to tour a home with the current resident watching over them.  Give them and their real estate agents the space they need to explore your home and fall in love with it on their own terms.

The “departed.”  While your great-aunt Edna’s urn over the fireplace is a touching tribute, it will again draw attention away from what the buyer is really looking for and likely cause some awkward moments.

Bottom line: Let the conversation between real estate agents and potential buyers be about your home, not what’s in it. To read the original article, check out 10 Things to Never, Ever Show When Staging Your Home on