Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Undo #4: Family Photos and Gallery Wall

Staging your house is a weird cousin of designing the house you live in. I'm from South Carolina, believe me, I know all about weird cousins.

When you are designing, you trust your style. All those projects from Pinterest get tweaked and polished and proudly displayed.

Now, let's play a different game.  For whatever reason, you have to sell your home. 

Lots of time?  Need to list quickly?  Have to sell quickly? Motivated seller?  Upside-down short sale?

No matter your situation, there are some basics for staging your home.

  • Depersonalize 
  • Scrub
  • Make as many repairs as possible.
  • Show off the space, storage & light in your home -- or create the illusion of it.
Coastal via Pinterest

#4  Cute thing to UNDO:  Family Photos/Gallery Wall  

Shutterbug Photo Props can make your children's
photos precious, but can't make them Realtors.
When potential buyers come to view your home, they need to see themselves there.  No matter how beautiful your children or your wedding photos, those people do not want to see them.  Please, take it all down.  Pack up those precious frames and stretched canvases to safely get to your new home. 

The home you live in is inspirational, the home you list needs to be aspirational.  You want to portray the best qualities of your home and the lifestyle they could have in it.  Help them see the future they could have in it -- not the past you have enjoyed there.  

Also, I don't know about you, but my gallery wall project took roughly 1,427 nail holes to get it just the way I wanted.  After you remove your pieces, don't forget to patch the wall wherever needed.  Paint over the repairs or the whole wall if needed.  Your home should be a dream come true, not a list of projects left for the next buyer (or their offer price may reflect it).

We've all heard that you should hang pictures at eye level, but who's eye level are we talking about here? The center of your art (with broad based appeal) should be about 5 1/2 feet from the floor, even if you have high ceilings.  Curtains look better when raised up, frames do not.

Pottery Barn shows a display of botanical photos made by
6 San Francisco artists.
You could take close ups of flowers in your own yard.
Black & white photos in matching frames pull any collection together.
I wrote a whole post about this point (with horrible pictures, sorry it was my first attempt at blogging), but please don't mistake "depersonalize" for bare/empty/cold/naked walls.  You have style & charm. USE IT WHEN STAGING YOUR HOME!  Replace family photos with appealing art pieces, local photography or a DIY map project. Use those thrifty, crafty, super powers!

Think about it this way. When I went out with Hunky Husband for the first time, I was charmed by him, but I did not want to hear about his ex-girlfriend.  You want prospective buyers fall in love with your house not your wedding dress, infant portraits or family christmas card.

Make your property Visit Ready so that you can move on to a new home full of DIY potential where you can frame new memories for years to come.

just bec

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  1. Wow, I happened to post my link after yours at HOH and it was a perfect article for me, we are just starting to talk about moving and my house pretty much only has family pictures on the walls. I'm considering leaving my gallery but filling the frames with nature prints or something. Do you think that's a good idea or should I just scrap the whole wall and repaint?

    1. Glad this helped you. My answer is actually a bunch of points to consider as you find your own answer. If your gallery has high quality matching frames AND is in a location that should be highlighted, I love using nature prints. If your gallery is only as cute as your smiling family, make a spackle & paint run to Home Depot. Try taking a picture of the room: does it add to the fresh look or overwhelm the room? Most buyers shop MLS pictures before/if they ever visit your property.Ask your Realtor for their opinion if you are not sure.