MAKING YOUR NEW LISTING OR HOME “PICTURE PERFECT”
Are you a real estate agent getting ready to list a home for a client or are you a homeowner getting ready to put your home on the market? Hiring a professional photographer is one of the most important steps in the process of selling your home. Let's face it, almost everyone who is looking for a new home will check the internet before making any phone calls. If the photos show a messy, cluttered, dirty home, the likelihood of someone making that first phone call to see the home in person is greatly reduced. If the photos show a clean, well decorated, decluttered home, you will likely sell your home in no time at all!
Hiring a professional stager is also a very wise decision in getting your home ready. A professional stager will provide a consult prior to the photo shoot. They will let you know how to use your current furniture in a way to maximize the rooms and to make them look inviting and beautiful. If needed, they will bring in home decorations, flowers etc. to enhance the home appeal. They will bring life, color and organization to your home. The best part is, that if you can leave your home set up in this way, you'll be ready to show it to potential buyers. I have teamed up with a professional stager and we work together on the same day to get your home "picture perfect"!
The agent and home owner play a very important role in getting the home ready to be photographed. Here are some important things to do room by room to ensure great photographs.
EXTERIOR PHOTOS: Great curb appeal is so important. It's usually the first picture a potential buyer sees and you want to make a great first impression.
- Get rid of weeds
- Cut the grass including edging the beds
- Put away any outside childrens toys or excessive garden displays
- Sweep the decks and walkways so they are rid of leaves, spider webs etc.
- Clean your outside furniture and cushions
- Consider painting your front door or staining your deck or porch
- Get some potted flowers for the front door and/or deck area
KITCHEN: The kitchen is arguably the most important part of selling your home. Most people and their guests spend the majority of their time in the kitchen.
- Clear all clutter from the counters – no mail, keys, magazines etc.
- Put the appliances away such as coffee pots, toaster ovens, TVs etc.
- Take all photos, magnets off of your fridge
- Clean all appliances and countertops
- Remove the sponge and dishwashing liquid from the sink area
- Add some flowers, fruit baskets etc. for color pop and interest
LIVING ROOM: This is the room that people will envision spending most of their free time and family activities.
- Remove excess furniture
- Straighten out the pillows
- Make sure all pictures and frames are straight
- Dust and vacuum
- Adjust curtains and blinds (open blinds to add light, but make sure they are opened to the same height)
- Hide movies, remotes, and other video equipment
- Tuck electric cords out of sight if possible
- Remove all personal photos
- Make beds neatly – if necessary, replace comforters and pillows
- Remove all personal pictures and items
- Put away any alarm clocks and personal items such as jewelry, books, pictures etc.
- Clear the entire counter and showers
- Remove rugs and garbage cans from the room until after the photos
- Add pretty towels, flowers, candles if possible
PLAYROOM OR BONUS ROOMS:
- Put away as much as possible and neatly place the most attractive items out
- Make sure it's clean – dusted and vacuumed
- Put away everything, with the exception of a laptop and pen/pencil holder and other basic office equipment. There should be no mail, papers, or magazines. If you have a lot of paperwork, get a basket and place the items in there and hide it for the photo shoot.
This is an overview on how to prepare your home for your photo shoot. When the photographer arrives, you will want to turn every light on in the house, interior and exterior (including stove lights, bathrooms, garage lights etc.) which will help to make the photos look more inviting. You will also need to make sure your pets and their food/toys are out of the shots. It's best if you can lock your pet up or have someone else watch them during the shoot so your pet doesn't accidently end up in the background of the photos. You will want to make sure all the vehicles are out of the driveway, which is very important for exterior and interior shots through the windows.
If you take the time to prepare your home for the listing photos, you will not only improve your chances of selling your home fast, you will also increase the probability that your home will sell at a higher price because it looks professional. Getting your home ready may seem like a big undertaking, but it's well worth every effort. The online photos and/or video will be the first impression that the potential buyers will have, so make it a great one!