If you’re thinking of selling your home, it’s time for some prep work so you can meet or exceed your asking price.
There’s obviously a lot that goes into the selling of your home. One of the many items is a photo shoot. Yes, a photo shoot. Your house must look good on film, and setting it up properly for a professional photographer sets the stage for success down the road.
Here are 10 tips to stage your home for a real estate photoshoot so you can get maximum value on closing day:
- Pull cars out of your driveway: Don’t clutter up the front of your home with cars – no matter how nice they are. These pics are to show off your home, not your Rover.
- Garbage cans: Yes, there are vital to keeping your home clean, but keep those cans out of sight. Nobody – especially buyers – want to see trashcans on your flier, webpage, or any other marketing materials.
- Extraneous clutter: While we’re on the topic of clutter, look around your home’s exterior and check for items that make it look junky: hoses, toys, yard equipment, etc. Clean it up for a fresh look.
- Lawn: Mow and edge it the day before your photographer comes by for the shoot. The 24 hours allows the lawn mower marks to fade and the grass to have a more natural look. Just don’t have it overgrown. It makes it look like you don’t take care of your home. Same goes for bushes and flowers. Make sure everything is trimmed neatly and any dead or dying blooms are picked.
- Surface clearing: Just like outside, keep the inside neat. For example, kitchen and bathroom countertops, remove any clutter from them as well. Keep them clean. Same goes for book shelves, dressers, coffee tables, laundry room, etc. You’re aiming for a very orderly look.
- Bathroom: Rule #1 – keep those toilet seats down. Nobody cares how pristine your bowl is. Fact is nobody wants to see your bowl – especially in a photo or video. Play it safe and keep that lid down. Fold towels and hang them properly from the towel rack. Get a new shower curtain, too, if need be.
- Window blinds: Keep your window shades, blinds, whatever you call them at a 45-degree angle pointed upward. It’s the look that sells. If you have curtains, don’t worry about it.
- Toys: No, we’re not talking boats, jet skis, and ATVs. We’re talking kids’ toys. Put them in the closet, under the bed, in a storage unit, wherever. Keep them out of site. It’s clutter. The only toy that may be acceptable is a nice outdoor playset (swings, slides, ladders) – especially if you’re trying to sell to other families. Do put away boats, jet skis, and ATVs, too. They’re nice; but they’re clutter.
- Home cleaning: If possible, hire a home cleaning service to come in and do a thorough scrubbing. You may think your home is clean if you scrub it, but you see it every day and you’re used to things as they are. Bring in an objective resource to get it done right. The pictures will thank you.
- Beds: Just like your mom told you a million times when you were a kid – “Make your bed!” Nobody wants to see an unmade bed in a promo pic.
First impressions count and this is a good example where it really does. You want your asking price or beyond, then clean up your house for some stellar pics.