How to Prepare Your Home for Real Estate Photos
According to the National Association of REALTORS®, 92% of homebuyers begin their home search online. Online photos provide potential buyers with an idea of the size, layout, and condition of a house without them having to set foot inside.
Hiring a professional real estate photographer is one of the best things that you can do to make your real estate listing shine. But, before the photographer arrives, there are a few things that you should do to prepare your home.
So here is how to prepare your home for real estate photos!
Tip #1 – Less is More
Try to thin out as much of your household belongings as you can. You are going to have to pack for the big move anyway, so you might as well get a head start. Not only will it make it easier when the big move comes, but you will also make your kitchen, closets, bookshelves and kids rooms look more spacious.
The goal is to create a stylish, generic room in which the buyer can picture themselves living in. If you include too many personal effects, such as photos and knickknacks, then it makes it more difficult for the buyer to imagine their own things in the room. So, get rid of the distractions and eliminate any clutter that may be present.
Tip #2 – Let in the Light
Before your photo session, you’ll want to turn on all the lights and make sure that all light bulbs, both inside and outside, are in working order. You should also raise all window shades/blinds and hang them at the same length and in the same direction.
Tip #3 – First Impressions Matter
Everyone knows that first impressions matter. And since the exterior is the first thing people will see when they pull up to the house, it is very important that the curb view is neat and tidy. It doesn’t take too much effort to ensure the garbage cans
You are selling your home, not your car! So move any cars out of the driveway and do not park them in front of the home. Exterior shots are very important and will make an initial impression on potential buyers.
Tip #4 – Practice Makes Perfect
Snap practice pictures with your own camera. This will give you an idea of what the home will look like on camera before the photographer shows up. Examine the photos and make changes to improve each room’s appearance, like opening blinds, removing magnets from the refrigerator, or taking down distracting art.
So there you have it! These were four tips on how to prepare your home for real estate photos.
We hope you enjoyed this week’s Theory Thursday!