Prior to putting your home on the market, home sellers’ need to ensure their home is well lit, clutter has been removed, painting and updating of home has been completed. This all needs to be completed prior to photo shoot. House photos are normally first thing potential buyers see, and they are normally seen first online. From these photos home buyers will make their decision whether they will tour the property. Another factor, photos need to be of excellent quality, and need to have photos of the total property. If the photos do not impress, you probably will not get a second chance with that buyer. Therefore, having quality photos is extremely important when it comes to selling a house. Following are some tips preparing your home to be put on the market:
First impression – Just prior to photo shoot is not the time to worry about making major landscape changes or reviving your front yard. Only focus on quick fixes that will have a positive impression. Make sure outside areas are neat and tidy. Ensure outdoor furniture is in place, tools put away, and garbage cans are out of sight.
Talk with your agent – Prior to hiring your real estate agent, determine if he uses a professional photographer or takes the photos himself. If he takes the photos himself, determine type of equipment used, and if additional lighting will be needed. Also, find out how long it will take to produce the finished product, and inquire if you need to do anything to improve photo quality.
Windows – It is important to have ample light to create high quality photos. To achieve this, windows need to be clean, drapes and shades open.
Kitchen counters – Need to make the kitchen more spacious. It is important kitchen counters be gleaming and clutter free. Therefore, put everything away, and have counter tops clean. It is fine to have one or two small appliances on the counters, such as a toaster and/or coffee maker. Make sure you put away old appliances that have an old appearance.
House plants – Avoid having ailing house plants, be sure to have some fresh green plants. This adds vibrancy to interior photos. If using older plants, be sure you have trim away dead leaves.
Floors and appliances – Since wood floors are popular now, make sure they are shiny prior to photo shoot. Use a wood floor product that will clean and make the floor shine. Concerning carpet and tile floors, make sure they are clean and have no damage areas. Finally, appliances need to be clean and shiny. For stainless appliances be sure to use products design for stainless steel. Buff the surface of these appliances until it gleams.
Bathrooms – Make sure these areas are completely free of toiletries aside from fresh bar of soap at the sink. Having visible toiletries makes the area seem like it does not have enough storage space. Make sure to open the shower curtain, clean mirror, turn down toilet seat, have lights on, and put out fresh fluffy white towels, otherwise keep the towel racks bare.
Bedrooms – Photos seem to pick up ever little imperfections, take little extra time to ensure bedcovers are neat and straight. Also fluff up the pillows, remove all clutter, and personal items from bedside table.
Day of photo shoot – On the day of photo shoot, prior to the arrival of photographer do a double check of the house. Make sure there are no shoes in entryway, piles of mail and paperwork, remote controls, magazines, put away kids’ toys, and hide pet foods, beds, and litter boxes, etc.
Lights – Switch on lights unless your house has plenty of natural light or your photographer will be using portable lighting. Do not depend on your photographer to bring portable lighting or will switch on the lights. The safest bet is to have the lights on prior to the arrival of photographer. Finally, double check the blinds and shades are open.
Special features – If you have an outdoor fire pit, prior to arrival of photographer have it lit. Same with hot tub or pool, be sure the cover has been removed and the water is clear for the photos.