Remove Holiday Decorations Before Taking Listing Photos!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Franklin Homes Realty LLC

Remove Holiday Decorations Before Taking Listing Photos!

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!

Posted by
Tammie White, Managing Broker/Owner
Franklin Homes Realty LLC
Franklin, TN
(615) 495-0752 
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Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Sounds like plan to me.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Nov 24, 2013 11:29 AM #1
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

This makes total sense to me Tammie.  The worst is when you see a listing with snow in the picture and it's the middle of summer.  

Nov 24, 2013 09:50 PM #2
Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

Completely agree Tammie! It mentally tells the buyer "this house has been on the market for a while"

Nov 24, 2013 11:23 PM #3
Jill Winchel
Royal Shell Real Estate - The Koffman Group - Cape Coral, FL
We make it easy. You make it home.

Great advice for sellers and agents, Tammie. We need to remind our sellers prior to photography session.

Nov 24, 2013 11:49 PM #4
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Tammie, Decorations can date a listing just like a dusting of snow, especially in our area. I went to take photos today and it was snowing like crazy. I decided to wait until tomorrow.

Nov 25, 2013 11:09 AM #5
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