How to Prep Your Home for Real Estate Photos
You’ve chosen your agent, provided them with the necessary details for listing your home and have started cleaning out to make your residence look more put-together. Now it’s time for one of the most defining parts of the process — Having photos taken.
Photos can make or break a listing when it comes to advertising. WIth high quality photos you’ll be able to better capture your home, lure people to open houses and tell a story before they even make it to a showing. Here are a few ways to get your residence photo-ready!
Consider a stager. If your furniture seems to overpower the architecture of your home or you’ve already vacated the residence, you may consider hiring a stager to come in and strategically place pieces in the most important rooms of the house. Having a third party’s opinion on design and decor can also be helpful when trying to capture the essence of the home.
Think about first impressions. The first impression possible buyers will have when they walk through your home is that which they see through each doorway. You want to create an impression from the moment they enter the front door, round a corner or step outside, so be sure that each room is picture ready from the doorway.
Understand that less is more. De-cluttering should happen before the photoshoot and most agents can advise you on what needs to go or be tucked away prior. The goal of cleaning out and preparing for photos is to create a stylish, simple space that buyers can envision themselves in. Less is more when it comes to real estate photos, so eliminate as many unnecessary items as possible.
Give your home a good clean. You’d be surprised how easily dirt and grime can show up in real estate photos, especially on surfaces that reflect light. Give your house a good clean before photos are taken and be sure that all glass and windows are relatively spotless.
Don’t misjudge the importance of curb appeal. Curb appeal matters -- and not just when buyers arrive for a showing. Pull weeds, trim overgrown shrubbery and give the grass a cut before the day of photos so your home will look presentable and inviting from the moment buyers see it online.
Talk to your real estate agent about how you can minimize clutter and maximize your home photo session. Contact one of our talented agents for an opinion on selling your home!