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Ready to sell? Store the art!

by KenGina Team on May 1, 2014

0514 181cs Ready to sell? Store the art!No one gets offended when the real estate agent tells them to remove all personal pictures from end tables and coffee tables. The idea is that the home staged for sale should be, as much as possible, a blank canvas, ready for the new owner to make their own. The home should be kept in such away that the potential buyer does not get distracted by the decor. The home should look calm, simple, and cared for.

But when it comes to art, lots of home sellers balk at the idea of storing the paintings and statuary but it can be one of the most important things you do to sell your house. A study by Duke University in 2011 showed that buyers remembered the art rather than the house and often tended to evaluate the house based on the art.

Every art collector knows that taste is an individual thing, so individual that a painting of an ocean could be thought of as elegant by one customer, but tacky by another. That framed print of Dogs Playing Pool looks hilariously appropriate in your game room. To you. And to people who know you. But to a stranger? Maybe not so much.

And what about nudes? It’s a fact that the subject of many a famous painting is unclothed or partially clothed. If you have an original Modigliani nude in the right property, some agents will still argue that it isn’t in the right place in a sales setting. Nude paintings usually come as a shock to home buyers no matter how tasteful and expensive the paintings are.

In any case, sellers must be ready to abandon their love for the home they are selling and that includes that art. Better to store your art, which is as personal as your pictures of family and friends, and use your energy to make the home move-in ready for the new buyer.


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