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Landlords - When you put the house on the market for rent it's not your home anymore

Landlords - When you put the house on the market for rent it's not your home anymore!

I think this message gets delivered to sellers very effectively but not as consistently to landlords.

Sellers are encouraged to de-personalize their homes to appeal to buyers whereas landlords often think that tenants should just accept the house as it is.

Yesterday some friends of mine went looking for rental homes.  They found one they really liked that had one room that was gold, one that was purple, and the family room had a large mural on the main wall.  My friends really liked the home.  When their agent called the listing agent she indicated that the owners would be ok with painting the gold and the purple rooms.  However, the mural was out of the question because their kids painted it.

Really?  How many families want to live with your kids mural in their family room?

Just because you still OWN the house doesn't mean it's your home.  If you want your home rented you need to allow people the chance to make it their home.

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Comment balloon 8 commentsDr. Stacey-Ann Baugh • January 23 2011 10:20PM


Yes, this is true!  I am finding that renters are very selective these days (especially those that will make really good renters!)

Posted by Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA, #ChandlerRealEstateAgent (Liz Harris Realty) over 7 years ago

I love your, "Really?"    I had a rental that was similar, and it took some convincing for the landlord to redo the room....

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) over 7 years ago

I know exactly what you mean. I had a landlord that felt he had the right to drive up and around the property everyday just to see what we were doing. It used to drive me nuts, felt like we had our own personal stalker. 

Posted by Suesan Jenifer Therriault, "Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own". (JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team) over 7 years ago


So very true, that's way too personal for the tenants to enjoy.  Why limit who you can rent to for something like that.  If the landlord REALLY wants the mural, take a picture or cut it off the wall to take elsewhere:-)

All the best, Michelle

Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) over 7 years ago

That does sound a little extreme.  Do they plan to move back into the home.  If they were say renting it out while they were gone from the area for a year or two this might make sense.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Maybe the landlord could have a professional photographer take a picture of the mural (my husband could do it!) and that way they could keep the special art work forever.  They could even get a lovely 16x20 (or larger) wrapped canvas to display it in their own home so they can enjoy it every day! 

The funny thing is I could hear your "Really?"

Bridget Maryland Mortgage Mama McGee

Posted by Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068 (Corridor Mortgage Group 410-960-2061) over 7 years ago

Okay... Dagny and Bridget already said what I was going to say. REALLY!!!

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTORĀ® (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties) over 7 years ago

Liz - especially because the rents are so high

Dagny - I hope this landlord will realize it's ridiculous

Suesan - that used to happen to use when we bought our first home

Michelle - I said they should take picture too

Gene - My friends were trying for a 2 year lease - that's kinda long to live with it

Bridget - Because you've heard me say "Really?"  so many times :-)

Joni - exactly!

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) over 7 years ago

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