Today I showed a property with what could only be described by Conn Igulden as being “The Julius Caesar tribute bed." Complete with ginormous posts with massive gold leafing at the top of each post, it was obviously built to commemorate Caesar's victory over Gaul. However, instead of being in a Roman museum this monument resides in a bedroom in South Edmonton that is barely big enough to hold a bed half its size. It did make me think about my last trip to Rome, and it did the same for my clients, totally distracting them from the task at hand.
Another big distraction I've seen numerous times in the bedroom is "risky photography." It certainly is an uncomfortable distraction when you walk into the master bedroom and you're greeted by a photo of the home owners in a compromising position. Depending on how well you know your clients this can be something you laugh off or something that causes you to quietly and quickly leave. We always tell people to take down personal photos before having buyers look at the home, photos from the "boudoir" certainly fall under the personal category.
A few months ago I was showing in the west end, and sitting on the night stand in the master bedroom was a large stack of self help books. I never would've noticed except the books had very large titles like "The sexless marriage" and "Improving your libido." My clients noticed too and left that home thinking they should wait for the divorce before making an offer.
The master bedroom is one of the most personal spaces in a home - buyers want to be able to picture it as their personal space. If you're trying to sell, remember to remove your personal touches from the bedroom.