When you first decide to sell your home you'll be calling in a real estate agent. Not only will he recommend a selling price but he may also suggest getting rid of a lot of the clutter in your home. This may also include furniture. The reasoning behind this is quite simple. The less clutter and distractions that you have in your home, the more a potential buyer is able to see the potential in your property.
The things that you may find appealing in your home may not be so appealing to others. The beautiful artwork that is hanging on your walls may be overkill or act as a distraction to the buyers that your real estate agent will be bringing through your home. Your agent is able to walk into a place and see the items that could be considered as a drawback. You shouldn't take any recommendations that your agent gives to you personally. Selling your home is business and isn't a personal game.
In fact, anything that is personal should be taken out of view. The pictures that you have of your family that are sitting on your side tables should be put away for now. A potential buyer wants to see the home as a place that his family can live in. A visitor that is looking for a new dwelling should be able to naturally envision himself and his family members living in the new home.
You may be handed a list of recommendations by your agent or you may be told that a professional home stager will be able to make your home more sellable. This does not mean that you have done anything wrong with your decorating. You are supposed to make your home feel like your own. It just means that your place needs to have some work done so that potential buyers can imagine this home as their own.
It's never a good idea to mix business with pleasure and you must remember that selling your home comes down to solid business choices that have been proven to work in the past. Your agent doesn't mean anything personally if he asks you to change things up a bit. He's just trying to help you get a faster sale at the best price possible.