GETTING YOUR HOME READY FOR PICTURE DAY

A picture is worth a thousand words, so we only use specialized professional real estate photographers to photograph your house! Here are a few tips that will make your home shine in the best light!


Your Home is the Stage

  • If your house is vacant, it is completely acceptable to leave it empty. You can also spend a little time doing some accent staging yourself to add some ump to those special places.

  • Add a picture over a fireplace.

  • Or add a fruit bowl to the kitchen counter.

  • Just always remember less is more.

  • If you would like to make the photos feel warmer and more welcoming:

  • Place neutral décor in the kitchen, bathrooms, and back patio. These are the areas that appeal to buyers the most so focusing your energy on these areas will have the most impact.

  • Use plants (real or faux) to liven up large rooms.


Declutter, Declutter, Declutter

You’re planning to move anyways so now is a great time to start packing away some of the items that you don’t use on a daily basis. The goal is to make your home look as large and spacious as possible to buyers!

  • Remove personal photos. Let the buyers stay focused on the house and not you.

  • Remove personal items. You want the buyers to talk about your house and not your hobbies.

  • Clear off your tabletops and countertops in the kitchens, bedrooms, and bathrooms.

  • Stow away mail and paperwork.

  • If you can, store everything in a storage unit away from your home (because portable storage units will get in the way of the photographs) or in the garage/attic.


Tidy Up

  • Clean dust bunnies and cobwebs.

  • Dust ceiling fans, ledges, and surfaces.

  • Turn off ceiling fans.

  • Turn off all electronics.

  • Unplug and store charging cords/extension cords.

  • Pick things up off the floor.

  • Make the beds.

  • Straighten out master closet.

  • Put down toilet seats.

  • Close shower curtains


Shiny Surfaces

Photos will pick up any streaks left behind on reflective surfaces.

  • Wipe down mirrors.

  • Wipe down stainless-steel sinks, appliances and remove magnets.

  • Wipe down windows.

  • Wipe down glass shower doors.


Nice, Bright, And Airy

  • Replace burn out light bulbs.

  • Switch on all of the interior and exterior lights.

  • Open window curtains.


Pets

Believe it or not pets may detract some buyers.

  • Place litter boxes, food and water bowls in a temporary place.

  • Have a friend or family watch the pet so they don’t photobomb a picture.


Curb Appeal

  • Sweep the porch and patio.

  • Sweep away cobwebs, especially around the exterior lights.

  • Pick up the yard and store landscaping décor.

  • Store landscaping equipment.

  • Park your cars inside the garage or on the other side of the street, and tell your neighbors too.