The Role of Religious Art in Home Selling
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As full time Austin Realtors, Rodney Campbell and I have the privilege of previewing many homes for our clients. Every so often, a home’s décor really presents us with a stumbling block in bringing our clients to see the property.
You may be thinking that I’m talking about homes that have ugly or outdated furniture. While those things certainly don’t add value to a showing, they can be overlooked. After all, clients know the furniture doesn’t stay with the home.
What I am referring to is religious art. Yes, that’s right. I said it. Your prominent displays of religious art make it uncomfortable for me to show your home to people of other religions.
For example, one Austin area home for sale featured an immense church pew in the living room instead of a sofa. The family room windows were hung with stained glass window panels from a church and it featured several displays of multiple crosses. There was a statue of Mother Teresa in the backyard. Even the cookie jar displayed in the kitchen was in the shape of a friar or monk.
My clients were Muslim. While of course they understood that these items would be removed before a sale, they said it was difficult for them to picture themselves living in this home.
Sellers often are advised to remove family pictures and overtly personal belongings so as to allow potential buyers to feel more at home when touring the property. If you follow this advice, why not take it one step farther and pack up religious art as well? It will ensure your treasures are safely stowed until they are ready for display in your new home, and it will make your house more welcoming to ALL potential buyers.
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