5 Surprising Things Real Estate Agents Say They’ve Seen Displayed In a Bedroom

published Sep 29, 2019
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When it’s just you and your partner living your best bedroom life, it’s no big deal to keep each and every bottle of moisturizer in plain sight on your nightstand. But when you’re showing your apartment, you have to put your bedroom in the best-selling light. While real estate agents wish potential buyers could let their freak flags fly, unfortunately that’s not the case when people are in open house mode.

“We often forget to remove these things before a showing,” says Benjamin Ross of Mission Real Estate Group in Texas. “This can put a bad taste in a buyer’s mouth and cost you a potential deal. You must ask yourself, ‘Is it worth it?'”

However, sometimes sellers don’t get that memo. Here, five real estate agents share the most “interesting” things they’ve seen sellers leave out—or even display—during an open house:

Cremated pet remains

“I once toured a home with a line of identical, ornate boxes along the dresser in the bedroom, each topped with a dog collar and it ended up being a display of the cremated remains of each of the seller’s past pets. I’ve never forgotten it and my clients couldn’t either. Even if the items you keep in your bedroom are extremely important to you, buyers need to be able to see themselves in the space and no space is more personal than the bedroom.”—Kate Ziegler, Arborview Realty in Boston, Massachusetts

Racy boudoir photos

“Prospective homebuyers can’t help but fixate on these photos (out of horror or lust) and immediately lose focus on the home itself.”—Katherine Scarim, Island Bridge Realty in Jupiter, Florida

Overwhelming collections

“If you are a collector of ephemera, figurines, sports team memorabilia or vintage erotica, you should get a jump on packing it all and put it in storage temporarily.  We’ve all seen listings go viral for the wrong reasons, and you don’t want your passion for collecting to overshadow the home itself. You’ll sell your home more quickly and protect your treasures from accidentally being knocked off a shelf or nightstand during walk-throughs.”—Molly Franklin, Citi Habitats in Brooklyn, New York

A stripper pole

“One of the most outrageous things I have ever seen in a bedroom was at a home in Beverly Hills that had a stripper pole in the middle of the room. It was actually movable so I’m not sure why the seller or listing agent didn’t hide it during showings and open houses. And, while that stripper pole definitely helped me remember the house, it was a distraction to the buyers.”—Jennifer Okhovat, Compass in Los Angeles, California

Personal lubricants

“Any single product is going to give away your nightly routine so don’t leave visitors guessing—just keep the bedside tables free of your self-care routine, no matter what it is.”—Justin Riordan, Spade and Archer Design Agency in Portland, Oregon

Trying to clean up other rooms before a showing? Put away these six items, which experts say you should never see in an adult apartment.

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