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Selling your house in Costa Rica showing collectibles or war trophies

Having a tough time selling your house in Costa Rica? Is there a slight chance you are shocking the buyers with your collectibles or war trophies? You’ll be surprised how often that happens.

Last week, I received a surprising call from a seller who I had not seen or heard from in over 20 years. The seller wanted me to give them an idea of what their house in Escazu can sell for.

The house is quite beautiful, well-built, well designed and very well maintained. There was one little problem: there are collectibles all over the house. There are collectibles in the hallway, in the living room, the kitchen, and all the bedrooms and there are even collectibles all over the master bathroom. You can hardly walk anywhere without crashing into a collectible.

This reminded me of a house for sale that my partner in the spice business we owned was planning to buy. I was not even a real estate agent then, so it’s been a few years now. It was owned by a gay couple and there were phallus all over the living room, of all sizes, some even taller than I am.

I thought it was crazy the realtor didn’t tell the sellers to put them away because some buyers (actually most buyers) might be quite shocked when they walk into this surreal landscape, and not buy the house.

I can imagine some of you reading this with a shocked expression on your face, so I decided not to use a too expressive photo at the beginning of this blog but an image of how you probably look like right now.

Selling your house in Costa Rica
A great doll collection that will stop you from selling your house in Costa Rica

As a real estate agent, once in a while, you come across some shocking things like gay sellers leave a porn movie running on a laptop when we arrived with buyers. I have never seen anyone leave a property so quickly.

But let’s get back to the collectibles.

Are you a collector?

I come from a much different culture and I didn’t realize how important collectibles are for some North Americans until I started selling houses in Costa Rica. I have had a seller who used to be a secretary for Coca Cola for 30 years and had the house full of Coca Cola collectibles. I’ve had stuffed animal collectors, ceramic figurine collectors, doll collectors and ashtray collectors.

Having a house full of collectibles when trying to sell your house is taking all the attention away from the object you are selling: your house. It is said that collectibles are the New Real Estate, as published in The New York Times, but let’s sell the house first and then we can go to step 2.

Selling your house in Costa Rica
A great medal collection that can stop you from selling your house

War Trophies

You might have been in pretty important wars in the past. Nonetheless they can have a very negative impact on selling your house in Costa Rica if you openly showcase your collectibles. These could include:

  • War trophies such as guns and knives
  • Nazi and swastika collections
  • Pictures of naked women or men
  • Medal collections
  • Or the animals you have shot during your hunting trips.

Concentrate on selling your house

It is important you concentrate on selling your house so the buyers can concentrate on looking at the property itself too. Collectibles and war trophies are obstacles that make a buyer lose concentration, like a playful dog or a bookcase full of books are. They make the buyer do other things than they are supposed to do when they tour your house for sale. You could follow Bill Gasset’s tips on how to sell a home with pets.

Selling your house in Costa Rica
A great dead animal collection that will stop you from selling your house

In storage

When selling your house in Costa Rica, please pack your collectibles and war trophies in boxes. Put them in storage, hopefully out of the house for sale, away from the property. If you are not selling your collection and taking it with you, why turn you house for sale into a gallery?

If you are a serious and motivated seller, you want the buyers to look at your house for sale and not waste any attention on your collection. You’re probably taking your collectibles or war trophies with you anyway, so why even show them off?

Selling your house in Costa Rica
A great Nazi collection that will stop you from selling your house

You want to purchase a house in Costa Rica that doesn’t have a collection or war trophies all over the house, contact a GoDutch Realty agent now.

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Ivo Henfling

If you are looking to buy a home in Costa Rica or invest in a condo anywhere in the central Valley, or looking for any property for sale in Escazu, you need to call me. I have been selling real estate in Escazu for over 20 years and can show you hundreds of happy buyers of real estate in Escazu and other areas. To me, a deal is not a good deal unless both buyer and seller are happy.

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