Post # 1
Darling Husband and I are looking to sell our home, and are in the process of staging it. We have a fairly new home so I want to show it as best we can, which means I want to stage it in the way that makes the most sense. Usually this means that we would remove all personal items, but we have a gallery wall with very nice frames that is somewhat of a feature wall. I feel it highlights the space well. The pictures are from our wedding, so they are obviously of a personal nature.
My question is – would you take the gallery wall down as a potential seller? Would seeing a gallery wall turn you off as a buyer? Every other personal item in the house with our names/pictures etc will be taken down and replaced with something neutral/generic. I feel like if we were to replace the gallery wall with a single large painting it wouldn’t do the space justice. I thought about replacing the photos on the wall with generic pictures, but thought that might look weird. Any thoughts?
Thanks all. If anyone has some words of wisdom from experience selling their house I would appreciate it. 😉
Post # 2
We just went through searching for a home and most places had a gallery wall as they are so trendy right now. It had no bearing on us other than an offhand observation about the people in the photo. Personally I’d rather see a few personal touches to it seems like a “home” because then I can think how I might do our photos or decor based on what seems to flow and fit in the space.
Post # 3
- Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse
Personally, I liked seeing those things as a buyer because it showed me the possibilities. It’s great to see a completely empty home but it makes it hard to visualize. And especially if you’re stylish and your gallery wall is well done, it’s going to be desireable for the buyer!
Post # 4
I think it’s ok if it’s tasteful / looks nice and that is all the personal stuff buyers will see. I don’t think it would turn anyone off.
Post # 5
I’d ask your realtor, they’ll have the best info for your area. We will be taking down our gallery wall when we get ready to sell in about a year. For some buyers, seeing the personal pics makes it harder for them to see themselves in the space. But I really don’t think it’d be that big of a deal if you wanted to keep it up!
Post # 6
Declutter, declutter, declutter, declutter. If you have knick knacks, anything on the counter tops, dressers, bathroom vanity’s etc, get rid of it. Make your house look as clean as possible, like you don’t even live there. Like a model home. Seriously, it works.
And for what it’s worth, I always advise my sellers to take down personal items. Pictures, diplomas, anything political. Because buyers will form ideas and opinions about you based on these things and could potentially deter them from making an offer.
(I’m a Realtor, if that wasn’t clear)
Post # 7
mkbee : I don’t think a house has to have ALL personal items removed so I’d keep the gallery wall. I like to see that the house is actually lived in and not just staged in a way no one would ever actually live. It’s when it’s over the top and your face is on every single wall that I think it’s distracting. Or when you have so many knick knacks that I can’t see cabinets, built-ins, etc.
When my mom sold her last house she stripped out most of the personal stuff but there was one canvas of me and my sister as kids that was the only thing she had that fit one particular wall. The room looked weird and naked without it (and she didn’t feel like buying something new) so she left it up – people still assumed it was a staged house and that no one actually lived there anymore lol.
Post # 8
I’m no expert but I can tell you 2 things: 1) I just sold a house, had multiple offers within the first few hours, accepted one by the end of first day day for way over asking. No gallery walls, no personal photos or objects.
2) Gallery walls of personal photos could turn me off as a buyer personally. One large piece of art would show much better in my eyes. And definitely remove any “word art” (“bless this home” type stuff) that might be included in that gallery wall (or elsewhere).
I’m not saying that your gallery wall doesn’t look quite nice. But 99% of the time they don’t, they look messy, cluttered & corny in the average person’s house. Most of us don’t have the skills or the taste to make one actually look nice, tasteful and stylish – me included. Most, not all.
If you don’t want to take it down and I completely understand not wanting to, ask the realtor if they can photoshop it out. I think listing photos are where this is most important. Potential buyers will get their first impression from the listing photos. If they see a gallery wall during a home visit that first impression will still be in their mind and they’ll get to see it both ways that way.
Shoppers/buyers really just want to see a clean slate. But not so bare that it looks cold.
Post # 9
It might be a good idea to hire a professional stager. They think a little differently than interior designers, and it shows. They don’t cost too much also and try to work with what you own as much as possible.
We hired one and it did help considerably than what I was planning to do with the place.
Post # 10
I think it really depends on the market where you are selling your house. Is it a buyers or sellers market? Where I live, I really wouldn’t worry because there is a huge shortage of housing and buyers really have to jump on things as they become available. If it’s a buyers market, I’d probably rethink the gallery wall. You don’t need standard pictures, but you could create some standard geometric/generic art images and put them in those frames instead (if it’s a gallery wall with larger images in it). If it’s a bunch of little frames, I’d probably swap it out for some larger standard art or even a nice mirror if you have one kicking around.
FWIW, we bought a house that was impeccably staged and had been on the market for almost a year because the sellers refused to fix up any of the little issues that had come up with age (the house is a little over 30 years old and looks nice, but certainly shows some wear and tear). They were willing to wait for the right buyers because they weren’t in a financial crunch to onload the property. Staging is great, but it isn’t everything. If you have the time and the money to do so, I guess there’s no point in taking a risk and the less risky option is certainly to opt for generic art over personal pictures.
Post # 11
mkbee : I actually like seeing personal photos of the families when checking out houses. And I love gallery walls, so I definitely wouldn’t be turned off by seeing one in a potential future home.