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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.

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