Should I Paint Over a Mural As We Show Our House To Potential Buyers?

Should I Paint Over a Mural As We Show Our House To Potential Buyers?

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Carrie McBride
Mar 11, 2011

Q: We are hoping to put our house on the market in a few months. I've read on numerous sites that buyers do not like "over personalized" spaces (e.g., no family pictures, no wooden letters with your children's names). To this end, I'm debating whether to paint over the mural in my daughter's bedroom. I can see it being appealing to another family. But then again, I distinctly recalled NOT liking any homes with hand-painted murals when we were househunting 5 years ago (as a young couple with no kids). I'm curious to hear others' thoughts and personal experiences on this matter. (continued below...)

Sent by Ruthie

I'd also welcome suggestions/tips on how to maintain order in your house for showings, while juggling life with two young kiddos (ages 2yr and 5 mo). And please don't tell me to keep the toys in the playroom, because we don't have one. Part of the reason why we need to upgrade to a bigger space!

Incidentally, the room was a finalist in the Small Kids, Big Color contest, so more pictures of the mural can be found here.

Editor: I love Lily's room and am sad at the thought of disassembling it! But life goes on - best of luck selling your home and finding a new one you love, Ruthie! Readers, what do you think of her great questions - to paint or not to paint? Have you had your home shown to potential buyers when you've had young children? Any tips?

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