Remove Holiday Decorations Before Taking Listing Photos!
In early October, I listed a house. When I arrived the day of the photo shoot, Mrs. Seller had decorated for Halloween. There were pumpkins and various other decorations strewn throughout the home.
I always ask sellers to leave their home while the professional photographer takes photographs. I arrive early to do some minor staging, if need be. The first thing to always go are the decorations for the upcoming holiday. Those listing photos get syndicated all over the Internet. I don't want a photo that might date the home to a specific time, like a holiday.
As buyers are searching for homes online, I want them to think that photo could have been taken last week, not last year. Things like Halloween decorations date a photo to a specific time. For example, today I was perusing the Hot Sheet. I clicked a home with a price reduction. While looking at the photos, there were the Halloween decorations in plain sight.
Now, Halloween was only three weeks ago but as most people are getting ready for Christmas, it seems like a long time ago. These photos may end up going through the whole winter with pumpkins and witches in them. Bad idea.
It doesn't take any time at all to move those decorations so they aren't in the listing photos. If you are listing a home for the holidays, you may want to get photographs before the Christmas tree goes up. While they may look great now, they aren't going to look so good in February.
Remember, you always want to show your home in its best light. Using photos with holiday decorations may hurt the sale of your home, not help it.
Remove holiday decorations before taking listing photos!