Home Staging Tips in Palm Beach County- Grab Your Camera and See What Your Buyers Are Seeing!

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Home Staging Tips in Palm Beach County... Grab your camera and see what your buyers are seeing!

house shoppingYou can't get away from it... Home Staging, or Styling, your home before you sell it is here to stay.  And, as the everyday use of the Internet continues to grow and change how we do almost everything... it has also changed how we begin our home buying search.  Studies have shown that as many as 89% of buyers use the Internet to search for their home.

There's another reason you want to grab your camera..... it's one of the best ways to see how your rooms will look to the Buyer.   If you're having a hard time trying to decide how to best showcase your home and its potential, view it through the eyes of a camera. 

Just ask a Stager... we do it all the time when we're working with a property.  photograph Whether it is vacant or occupied,   I take several pictures of each room, from every angle.  It's not uncommon for me to end up with 100+ photos of a home.  And even after I've viewed the home in person, I'll go back and review the home through the eyes of my camera.

Here are some helpful Tips on how to use your camera to see what your Buyers are seeing:

1. Start by turning on all of your lights and window coverings.

2. Stand across the street and photograph your home.

3. Stand in your entry and take a picture. 

4. Go to each room and take at least 4 pictures... take one from the door as if your were about to enter the room, then take at least one from each corner.

5.  If you can, take a picture from your family room looking out to your patio, deck or back yard.

6. Photograph your house from your back yard.

Now upload these to your computer and take a look.  Are you seeing
 a house you'd want to buy??

And don't forget, you can always call in your Professional Home Stager to help
make your home Camera Ready!





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Vacation Rentals The Jeff Rickert Team
RE/MAX Property Specialists - Pocono Lake, PA
Poconos Vacation Rentals

Thanks for the post.

Great tips.

Good luck in your area.

May 23, 2011 12:05 AM #2
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Kathy - as usual all great tips! I take about 100 photo too when I start a staging job and it's so much more efficient than trying to rely on memory. You can only take too few pictures, but never too many!

May 23, 2011 12:49 AM #3
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL
Hi Kathy Great advise as always.Hope you have a wonderful week.
May 23, 2011 12:58 AM #4
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Very good idea for sellers Kathy! And of course to hire a stager to get it camera ready. :)

May 23, 2011 01:19 AM #8
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Kathy - Thank heavens for digital cameras, where we can snap away willy-nilly.  Although a room may seem presentable when you look at it with the naked, eye, often photographs pick up glaringly obvious problems with the room presentation. 

May 23, 2011 03:33 AM #9
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Rob- as they say the camera doesn't lie.  And it's a great way to take a step back to see what a room really looks like.

Jeff & Heather- thanks for stopping by.  Hope you can use these tips with your sellers.

Kristine- I remember when I started out I would kick myself because I didn't have enough shots, or didn't get it from an angle I wanted.

Toni- hope your week is a great one.  Feed my cat!

Shar- absolutely...taking pics and viewing them are just the beginning. 

Sally- Amen.... thank goodness for digital cameras!  I'll see something after I've completed a staging and go back to make adjustments.




May 23, 2011 04:12 AM #10
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Super suggestion for sellers Kathy! It may help them to be objective about their house.

May 23, 2011 04:33 AM #11
Jason M. Keith
Caliber Home Loans - Parker, CO
Equal Housing Lender

These are great suggestions Kathy!  Sometimes you get so used to seeing what you like, taking those pictures will help you take a step back and look at things subjectively.

May 23, 2011 04:59 AM #12
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Excellent tips Kathy, well done...as always :)

May 23, 2011 05:48 AM #13
Hrisco & Associates
Hrisco & Associates - Roanoke, TX
Roanoke Homes for Sale - Roanoke Neighborhoods

Hi Kathy, great information, worthy of a re-blog

May 23, 2011 06:33 AM #14
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Great advice.  Photographing the rooms and taking a good hard look will usually open the seller's eyes to what buyers are seeing.

May 23, 2011 06:34 AM #15
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Kathy--such a great post.  Maybe if the sellers will look at their home through the eye of the camera they will actually see the things that need to be done or at least ask the question if they would buy their home just looking at the photos they have taken.

May 23, 2011 06:40 AM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Janice- I know it helps me when I'm staging.  It's kind of like looking at yourself in a 3 way mirror when you try on a bathing suit.

Jason- it works, too.  And since most everyone has a digital camera and computer, it's a good way to get started.

Laura- thank you.  Been reading your posts about Feng shui and love learning about how it's integrated in our every day lives.

John- thank you and reblog away!!!

Sharon- I think it is kind of eye opening.  I used it recently to convince a seller to replace the carpet in one of their rooms.

Janet- It's so hard for anyone to see their home objectively.  It really is the same thing as when we see pictures of ourselves!




May 23, 2011 08:41 AM #17
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Kathy, this is really good advice. I suggest.

May 23, 2011 03:35 PM #18
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

I am horrible at photography-you have given great advice here. You are always a wealth of information!

May 23, 2011 05:17 PM #19
Hrisco & Associates
Hrisco & Associates - Roanoke, TX
Roanoke Homes for Sale - Roanoke Neighborhoods

Hi Kathy, like I told Sharon, keep the good post coming, and I will certainly pass it on.

May 23, 2011 06:48 PM #20
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Great suggestion!  Could help "sell" a client on doing some work they are resistant to doing.  For example, a shot of the entry with all the wallpaper might look hideous - and convince the seller it must be removed. 

May 24, 2011 02:04 AM #21
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Anna- you are too sweet.  Don't you find looking at your rooms via the camera really is an eye opener!

Cathy- Thank you for your kind words.  I have some days when all of the rooms seem to be at a strange angle.  Thank goodness for Picasa!

John- thank you!  That's what I love about reblogging.

Julia- That's exactly right!  I used it to get a seller to replace some worn, pink carpeting!



May 24, 2011 02:09 AM #22
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


This is excellent advice. Another thing that I do is I bring along a step stool to see what tall people can see that I can't see. It gives me an entirely different perspective! Many of my pictures turn out better this way too.


May 25, 2011 12:39 PM #23
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

HI Kathy, great advice and one of the first things I do to convince a seller as to how a room looks to someone that has never been there before. Usually they cover their mouth with their hand and gasp. As they "see" their home everyday they really have no idea how it appears to others. As we are typically telling our clients - when you live in a home you live as you please. When you are selling, it is now a product for sale and you have competition.  Great post with very useful information.

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