PREPARING YOUR HOME  TO

MAXIMIZE YOUR

PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION AND SHOWINGS 

 

Online It's where buyers start!

Over 90 % of new homeowners search for their perfect home Online! First Impressions Count! Follow these simple tips to maximize your Real Estate Photography Images and create your perfect Showing! 

Interior - General 

Showcase your home to make it count! 

  • Thoroughly clean whole house (vacuum carpet, mop hard floors, clean countertops, clean windows, and mirrors)

  • Turn all overhead lights and lamps ON

  • Replace all burned out light bulbs

  • Use bulbs of the same temperature (ALL incandescent or ALL compact fluorescent)

  • Turn all ceiling fans OFF

  • Turn all TVs OFF

  • Turn all computer screens OFF

  • Open blinds/window treatments to let in outside light

  • Remove personal photographs (or replace with general landscape/object photographs)

  • Make all beds

  • Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring

  • Place all shoes/jackets in closets

Kitchen-

Sometimes the main Focal Point in Home Sales!

 

  • Clear countertops completely. No knife blocks, baking supplies, mail, etc.

  • Leave out maximum of one small appliance (ex. coffee maker)

  • Clear outside of refrigerator of magnets, papers, photos, etc. 

  • Wipe down or polish all Stainless Steel 

  • Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet

  • Remove dishes from sink, place in dishwasher

Dining Room 

  • Clear table, dust and polish the table top

  • Use decorative place setting if available

  • Feature one center piece such as a bouquet of flowers

  • Straighten all chairs and space them evenly

  • Remove child seats/booster chairs

Bathrooms- 

  • Clear countertops completely. No soap, toothbrushes, medications, deodorant, etc.

  • Put toilet seats down

  • Close closet doors

  • Remove shampoo, soap, loofahs, etc. from showers and tubs

  • Remove dirty towels - leave out only new, unused towels

  • Remove floor mats

**Remember! Selling your home is like selling a product - it must be marketed correctly to reach a specific buyer. Although your furnishings and decor are great for your lifestyle, it’s important to optimize your home for the future buyer. Home Buyers want to imagine this home as their own! 

All of the tips suggested were provided by Professional Home Stagers from the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA)

FRONT EXTERIOR -Online “curb appeal”

Make Your First Impressions Count! 

  • Close garage doors

  • Remove cars from driveway and front of home

  • Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves)

  • Remove empty planters

  • Use broom to remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames

  • Remove visible water hoses

  • Remove toys, sports balls, basketball goals, soccer goals, etc.

  • Pressure Wash Exterior of home, patio, sidewalks, and driveway. 

  • Place Garbage/Recycling Bins inside Garage out of view. 

Back Exterior 

The backyard should reflect a peaceful getaway to retreat

  • Clean porch, tidy up outdoor tables/chairs/cushions

  • Pillows/cushions should be fresh, not faded

  • Clear out kid's toys, balls, frisbees, etc.

  • Clean pool

  • Remove pool vacuum/cleaner hose

  • Hide pool cleaning supplies

  • Turn on pool fountains/water features

  • Remove visible water hoses

  • Remove trash cans

Family Room/Living Room 

 

  • Remove stacks of magazines, papers, mail, etc.

  • De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth (no more than 5 items, including art)

  • Clean interior of fireplace and re-paint if needed

  • Fluff and arrange furniture pillows

  • Remove kid's toys

Master Bedroom- Another main focal point for new Homebuyers! 

  • Make bed, including decorative pillows/shams if available

  • Press bed linens and bed skirts

  • Clear nightstands of all personal items

  • Store away phone/tablet charging cables

  • Remove all clutter from top of dressers

  • Remove family photos from walls

  • Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos

Kids/Guest Room

  • Remove personalized names from walls

  • Remove wall stickers/posters

  • Remove diaper genies

  • Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos

Pets - They're part of the family, however, we need to minimize their presence for new owners. 

  • Place food and water bowls in pantry or closet

  • Place pet beds/toys in pantry or closet

  • Use lint roller on furniture to remove pet hair

  • Contain pets in hidden crate or outside

  • Clear back yard of pet waste/toys

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