Should You Leave Up Trophy Mounts When Selling Your Home?

Dear Dave,

My husband is a big game hunter and he has some incredible mounts in our home. Should we remove them or is it ok to leave them up? Of course, I think we have too many and he thinks they look awesome and they are prized possessions.

Betty, Fruita


Deer antlers on old wooden table outside.

Betty,

This is a common theme for homes in Western Colorado. The fact that we live in Western Colorado and not Chicago, not that there is anything wrong with Chicago, makes trophy mounts more acceptable but there is a fine line of too much. Hunting is a way of life and not just a hobby, but in many cases, it borders on obsession. Many hunters like to showcase their mounts and in most cases, I am great with it.

If your home has vaulted or volume ceilings then having a “mount or two” will generally be fine. Again, look at your home through the eyes of a buyer and ask your real estate agent what they recommend. 

The key here is to make sure the mounts do not overpower your room. If you have low ceilings, there is no doubt it is better to remove and store them. If it is truly a “trophy” and you have low ceilings, it will make the room appear much smaller and more closed in. 

If your home has vaulted or volume ceilings then having a “mount or two” will generally be fine. Again, look at your home through the eyes of a buyer and ask your real estate agent what they recommend. The idea is to accentuate or complement your room and decor, not overpower it. Happy home selling and continued happy hunting!! Just sell it before he has a chance to add another one this fall! : )

Dave Kimbrough
The Kimbrough Team- RE/MAX 4000, Inc.

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