Preparing your Home for Photographs

Preparing your Home for Photographs

You can improve the value of your home and therefore increase your selling price by presenting your home in an attractive way. Take a step back and view your property with a critical eye. The Photographs being the first thing a Potential buyer sees can influence whether or not they want to come and take a look at your Home.
– What improvements can you make?
– How would a potential buyer see your home?
– Can they easily see themselves living there? What is its curb appeal?
Remember, first impressions count and the property should be presentable both inside and out.

INSIDE THE HOME
 CLEAN, make sure the house is spotless.
 Remove or hide all family photos and religious artifacts that may appear on pictures of the Interior.
 Eliminate clutter and re-arrange to make rooms appear larger.
 Keep the Kitchen counter clear and clutter free. Store away all small appliances. Fix imperfections if needed, and remove magnets from the Fridge.
 Replace visible linens, with brand new.
 Ensure bathroom is cleaned (this includes the floor, mirror and counter)
 Replace worn-out lighting.
 Ensure electrical, telephone and cable wires are hidden or barely visible.
 Ensure windows and reflective surfaces on the property are polished.
 For all bedrooms, replace linens with crisp brightly colored linens and pillows cases, and keep end tables free of clutter. – Think Hotel-chic look.
 For rooms used as an office, ensure desk is cleared of all sensitive documents and kept neat and clutter free.
 Vacuum all floors, carpets and staircases.

OUTSIDE THE HOME
 On the exterior of the property ensure all clutter is removed or hidden away. Including garbage cans, basketball poles and other distractions.
 Weed the garden and mow the lawn.
 Fix stains or any damages on the driveway. Trim hedges and bushes if needed.
 Ensure Realtor and Real estate board signs are placed on property AFTER pictures are taken, as having these signs appear on pictures go against MLS listing policies.
 Remove cars from the driveway and park away from the property.