We all know time is a premium! Many of my agents ask me how we can make the photography/videography sessions a little shorter and also, how to make sure the property is going to look its best in the photos. After all, we want to set this property apart from the competition!
I've compiled a list of the top ten things a homeowner can do to prepare the property and put it in its best light, so to speak:
1. Depersonalize your space. This means removing any personal items from the photos, such as family photos, religious symbols, or political signs. Buyers should be able to imagine themselves living in your home, so it's important to remove any distractions.
2. Declutter. This means getting rid of any clutter, both inside and outside your home. Buyers want to see a clean and tidy space, so make sure everything is put away and out of sight.
3. Clean. This means giving your home a thorough cleaning, from top to bottom. Make sure all surfaces are clean, including the floors, walls, windows, and countertops.
4. Stage your home. This means adding furniture and accessories to make your home look its best. If you don't have the time or budget to stage your home, you can hire a professional stager to help you.
5. Open up the space. This means removing any furniture or clutter that is blocking the natural light. Buyers want to see the size and layout of your home, so make sure the space is as open as possible.
6. Complete any repairs. This means fixing any broken or damaged items in your home. Buyers don't want to see a home that needs work, so make sure everything is in good repair.
7. Remove any pets. If you have pets, it's best to remove them from your home for the photo shoot. Pets can be a distraction, and they can also make it difficult to get clean shots.
8. Turn on the lights. This means turning on all the lights in your home, both inside and outside. Buyers want to see your home in its best light, so make sure it's well-lit.
9. Arrange the furniture. This means arranging the furniture in a way that is both stylish and functional. Buyers want to see how they could use your space, so make sure the furniture is arranged in a way that is inviting and comfortable.
10. Be patient. It may take some time to get your home ready for professional photography. But it's worth it in the end. When your home looks its best, it will sell faster and for a higher price.
By following these tips, you can make sure your home is ready for its close-up. And when it comes time to sell, you'll be one step ahead of the competition.