Bye bye Buddha, Krishna, Jesus, and rest of you guys

I am a professional home Stager. That means when homeowners decide to sell their houses, I help them prepare their houses to appeal to the broadest range of prospective buyers as possible. Here is a standard paragraph I include in my “boiler plate” tips I give to my clients:

“Staging means depersonalizing and neutralizing a property to inspire potential buyers to mentally move in…a step toward physically moving in. Therefore, objects relating to personal hygiene, politics, religion, medical conditions, collections, family photos and the like are put away.”

It occurs to me that advising people to remove religious items, before house hunters tour their homes, is an example of bending to the ways of the world, rather than the ways of God … not that I specifically cite Christianity in my standard paragraph.

Not sure how I feel about this, now.  Suggestions? Thoughts?

About beth

I started this blog in 2011 shortly after I finally opened my heart and mind to Jesus as a last resort. My intent with this blog is to share what I learn and feel along my path with Jesus.
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3 Responses to Bye bye Buddha, Krishna, Jesus, and rest of you guys

  1. Interesting post. I think it depends on how much “stuff” is displayed that is tied to religion. If the client has a 6 foot tall statue of the Virgin Mary or the Buddha in their front yard (or, heaven forbid, their living room) that might be considered over the top. But if they have a small item like a cross on a bedroom wall or some such thing, I think it’s perfectly acceptable.

    Jesus wasn’t the type of guy to rent billboards (even if they had them back in the day) or take out a full-page ad in the weekly scroll “Salvation Is At Hand!”, He was quiet and meek. He comes to us as a gentleman. A small sign of a homeowner’s faith, whether it be a tiny scroll mounted inconspicuously over a door or a small cross on a wall, to my mind, are only gentle reminders of a very gentle God.

    I guess it could be a denial of our faith or a “bending” to the ways of the world if we remove any evidence of our faith. Maybe the best thing to do is to leave it up to the homeowner, within reason. After all, I’m not sure I’d want to buy a house that boasted a six-foot-tall Jesus on the lawn and I’m a Christian!

    • beth says:

      Thanks for that thoughtful comment. I was kind of feeling the same way, in the sense that an image or cross is one thing, whereas an 8 foot by 4 foot painting of Jesus in the foyer is another. (I’m not making that up.)

  2. Susan Storlie says:

    I don’t think its following the ways of the world to get a home ready to sell. If the only way people know you’re a Christian is by the stuff on your wall, maybe you should be looking at your life instead of the walls. 🙂

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