Photos are a potential buyer’s first impression to your home. It’s often what grabs their attention, for better or for worse. Great photos make or break someone making a showing appointment, deciding to attend an open house, or clicking through the great features your home offers. Treat the photographer as a guest you’re trying to impress the most, putting your home’s best foot forward.
Here’s a few tips on how to prepare for your home’s picture day and capture its true beauty and selling features!
- All home improvement projects should be completed and cleaned up – no spare tools, lumber or paint cans should be laying around half finished
- All landscaping projects should be completed and cleaned up
- If applicable, all staging should be completed before photos
- The driveway should be clear of cars, trash cans, debris, etc. Clutter in the driveway is an instant eye sore
- In the yards, ensure that garden hoses are rolled up and loose items are put away
- Kitchen counters should be cleared of clutter, soap, sponges, dishes, small kitchen appliances, etc. Hide them in or under the sink for the time being
- Refrigerators should be free of magnets and personal items. Also make sure anything placed on top is presentable or removed
- Bathroom counters should be cleared of toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, soaps, shampoos, etc. Don’t gross out the buyers!
- Washers and Dryer areas should be cleared of loose laundry, detergent, etc.
- Trash cans should be hidden and toilet seats should be down
- Beds should be made and dressers cleared of clutter
- Loose items laying on floors should be stored in closets or the garage
- Open all shades and let in as much natural light as possible. Also, turn on every light you have, from ceiling fans to desk lamps to bedside reading lights.
These are just a few simple things, but they make a world of difference when showing off your home to the world! Let us know if you have any questions or a quick evaluation!