As you get ready to hold an open house that you hope will be instrumental in selling your property, you'll likely be keeping busy as you get the dwelling ready for potential buyers. Many real estate agents advise removing certain personal and high-value items from your home before the open house. For example, if you keep a jewelry collection and a significant amount of cash present, you'll want to take these things with you before you leave. If you have an urn filled with a loved one's cremated remains, perhaps placed on a mantle, you should also plan to remove this item before the open house. Here are some reasons why.
It Could Get Damaged
It's impossible to put a value on an urn filled with the cremated remains of a loved one, and you don't want this special item to get damaged during the open house. Although the risk might be low in theory, it's possible for the urn to get knocked over and break, causing the cremated remains to spill over the floor. This could occur if a potential buyer were to check out the mantle and accidentally bump the urn. Or, in the case of a crowded open house, someone may simply bang into the urn while moving aside for another person to pass. When you remove the urn before the event, you eliminate this risk.
It May Not Suit Everyone
Different people have varied opinions concerning what to do with cremated remains. While some people think that it's best to scatter the remains, others — including perhaps yourself — favor the idea of keeping them inside the home. It's possible that someone who visits your open house will find the presence of the remains off-putting. In some cases, such an individual may actually choose to leave the house right away. Because you want to make the open house as appealing as possible to a wide range of potential buyers, it may be the best choice to remove the urn.
Considerations For Not Removing It
Depending on your situation, it might not always be practical to remove the urn. For example, if you're going to run errands during the open house, you probably won't want to leave the urn in your vehicle. If you feel that keeping the urn in the house is your best course of action, you need to find a place where it won't get disturbed. Keep in mind that people will meticulously go through your home during an open house, so you want it kept in a safe place. If you have a safe, this is the best location for the urn.