Monday, April 18, 2011

Our house

Our house is on the market and I want to take time to blog about each room and the memories we have made here before it sells (it's good to be positive right?). And since we had three showings last week I am REFUSING to clean the house today - so why not blog about one of our favorite rooms. This is the room that my children bless the food each night and on a very regular basis ask God to "make this food taste good". I love that it is seperate from the kitchen and can be closed off to the rest of the house or open with it's three doors. Many dinners, showers, church meetings, conversations and crafts have been held in this room and I want to always be able to remember it.

And if I could, would you mind answering a question for me? Do you buy into the thought that I should remove all personal photos from the house while it is on the market? I really hesitate to ask a question on this blog - I never have before (if only 2 people comment does that mean I only have 2 friends? - neurotic thoughts like these keep me from asking more) but a friend recently told me that I should probably remove the photos and I am torn....



michelangelo April 18, 2011 at 11:20 AM  

HGTV advises that you remove them. But I'm sure many, many people have sold their homes even without removing personal photos.

My thinking is that you have to take a long, hard look and honestly assess if you have oodles and oodles of pictures or not too many. A reduction may be in order.

Remember, when you move into your new place, you can put all the personal photos everywhere you want.

Nicole April 18, 2011 at 12:41 PM  

I think we removed our when we sold our housein Montgomery. Remember that long hallway of ours...we took down all the pictures. I would at least do a reduction. I guess the thought is you want people to see the house and not look at all your pictures! :)

Bethany April 18, 2011 at 1:47 PM  

I love the idea of blogging about every room! That is great!

I think it is fine to leave up family photos - in moderation. A few photos here and there versus a huge amount - you know? I'd probably limit it to one personal photo per room.

Good luck selling! That is always such a stressful time!

Dana April 19, 2011 at 6:33 AM  

I completely disagree with that. I have heard people say that before but I will never remove my photos and if that means my house doesn't sell then well..... God will help us through it. You LIVE THERE!!!! you are not trying to sell some piece of mindless property that you just happen to own. YOU LIVE THERE!!!! and your life is there until such time as you move it. YOur memories are there and those looking at your house picture themselves in it anyway. I vote NO NO don't let those pictures go!!!

pooka April 19, 2011 at 12:22 PM  

Your moving? I'm thinking American Fork or even Utah for that matter is too far away for you to move? A girl can dream can't she? Anyway, I had a friend's agent tell her that her pictures helped sell her home because they were such a cute family. Which definitely applies to you guys. In model homes they have pictures up of random children, so I think pictures work. I think it personalizes a home. Anyway, good luck and I'll keep wishing you closer :o).

The Longnecker Zoo April 20, 2011 at 1:38 PM  

YOU KEEP THOSE PICTURES UP!!!!! I liked looking at everyone's families when we were in the market.

klonghall April 20, 2011 at 3:22 PM  

Oh how I love that house! (and the people who live there...) That house is such a symbol to me of a place of respite. I've "run away" there more than once to find peace amid the storms of life. I found particular comfort there as my mother's illness worsened and after her death. Once I pull up in front of that house, I just can't be sad, mad, tired, frustrated...anymore. I have such fond memories of meals we've shared around that table, especially Thanksgiving after JK was born. (Remember those wonderful rolls your friend brought over?!?!) I love looking around that table at the cute faces of children who are so happy to be together. I love the idea of blogging about each room. I probably have a comment for each one, too. :-) I'm sure I'll love your next house, too.

Grandma Karen April 20, 2011 at 4:40 PM  

It makes me sooo sad that I may never see that house again. As soon as I walk in, I feel like I'm home! You never overdo anything, so the few pics you have up are just fine. Besides - they are my grandkids - who wouldn't want to see them!!!!

mindy April 20, 2011 at 5:35 PM  

i'm your 9th friend--and I have no advice on the matter. good luck though!!

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