Information for Sellers
How to prepare your home to be photographed
I will be photographing both the inside and outside of your home, including all the major rooms. I normally do not photograph the garage unless it has something special about it. If your home has special features that are not obvious, please let me know so I can include them in the shoot.
First impressions are everything! Taking these simple steps will help make your property stand out in today’s real estate market.
- Sweep driveways, sidewalks, and patios.
- Mow and rake front and back yards.
- Remove vehicles from the driveway and do not park in front of the house.
- Remove all garden tools including hoses and sprinklers.
- For-sale and open house signs should be out of sight.
- Move garbage cans out of sight.
- Clear off counter tops and islands, including small appliances.
- Clear the refrigerator completely, including magnets, photos, and clutter.
- Empty the sink and put the soap, wash rag, sponge, etc. under the sink.
- Toilet seat lids need to be down.
- Clear off counter tops, including toothbrushes, pill bottles, etc.
- Shower/bath items should be placed under the sink.
- Shower curtains should look nice and be opened.
- Contain pets and pet bowls and toys in the garage or out of sight.
- Turn on all interior lights.
- Turn ceiling fans and televisions off.
- De-clutter rooms that have too much furniture. They do not photograph well.
- Make all beds and tidy rooms. Make sure clothes are hung or folded, and put away.
- Remove piles of newspaper and magazines.
- Tuck trash cans out of view in a closet or cupboard.
- Remove rugs to show the flooring, unless the rug sells with the house.
Why it is important to de-clutter your home
Removing every-day objects such as towels hanging on oven doors, trash cans, and coats can greatly improve the look of a photograph. In addition, removing personal family photographs can help potential buyers visualize themselves and their family in the house.
Why you should list with a real estate agent who hires a professional photographer for your home
Homes that have been professionally photographed sell for thousands of dollars more than those that haven't.1 In fact, homes with more photographs stay aon the market for less time—as little as half the time!2 According to real estate expert Barbara Corcoran3, “if your home doesn’t look good online, [buyers] are just not going to even bother to come see it.”
In a down real estate market, the competition your home will face is fierce. You are trusting your real estate agent to sell your home, and professional photography shows they are willing to go the extra mile. 90% of buyers use the internet in their home search4, and most real estate websites show the photographs above most of the information. People are very visual, and many would rather see the features of a home than read about them.
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- TODAY: 5 Smart Ways to Sell Your Home
- NAR Survey Shows First-Time Home Buyers Set Record in Past Year
How to tell your agent, “I want a photographer”
If your listing agent has not hired a professional photographer to market your home with great photography, it's not too late! Just let your agent know you want your home to be marketed in the best way possible, and direct them to my Useful info for agents page if they need more convincing.
Even if your home has been on the market for weeks, months, or even years, you can still talk to your agent about hiring a professional photographer. New photographs can liven up a listing, and garner a second look from potential buyers.