HGTV preaches at you to remove your personal photos when actively trying to sell your house. But, do you know WHY this is so important?
1. The buyers may spend more time trying to figure out if they know you.
2. Security. It's a scary world out there sometimes and all it takes is one weirdo to zoom in on your family photo to see what you look like, including your children! I don't want to scare you, but it's something to take into consideration. No one needs to know that you have a bouncing baby boy in the house! Consider NOT having us take a photo of the baby's room when marketing your home, too. Your security and safety are paramount to us.
3. When you take down your photos, patch the holes and paint. You will have to do this for the buyers anyway. Can you imagine being a buyer and going to your final walk thru prior to closing and seeing tons of unpatched holes in the wall that you didn't see before because there were pictures covering them up? Many buyers would raise a stink over this. We don't want any unnecessary drama or surprises for you. So, it's best to patch, paint and get it over with now. It will not be an easy endeavor when you are planning your move!