8 Tips to Make Your Home Camera Ready for Selling
Posted by: kateg 3 months, 3 weeks ago
We all want to make a lasting first impression, and it's no different when you're trying to sell your house. Undeniably, listing photos can make or break your home's selling potential. That’s why homeowners need to carefully plan for the "glamour shots" that will attract a potential buyer. Once you prepare your home, we will take care of the rest!
To help, we've compiled a list of useful tips to make your home ready for its photo op:
Without fail, clutter is the ultimate distraction. All items that you use daily (including shoes, children's toys, notepads, etc.) should be tucked away in boxes or in a place that isn't visible. Here's the key: keep it simple enough so that the potential buyer can picture their furniture in the space.
This means that you should make the beds, clean the kitchen counters, and neatly organize the playroom. We also recommend that you remove half to a third of books and other knick-knacks from your bookcases. It will ensure that your shelves don't look messy. Finally, consider moving around your furniture to make the room feel as large as possible. You want to ensure the space feels open and inviting.
Note, flowers, vases, and setting the table are also great touches for photos!
Tip: You can discard items in a useful way by donating them to organizations such as the Salvation Army or Goodwill. Not only will it help those in need, but some items may be tax-deductible! Additionally, you can call EDCO to schedule a pick up if there are things you can't donate.
Organize Storage Spaces
Buyers are always interested in the amount of storage in a home, especially in closets and cabinets. With that said, make sure these spaces look well-organized in the pictures. For kitchens, organize spice jars, neatly stack the dishes, and turn the coffee cup handles to face the same way. For closets, hang up your shirts nicely and line up your shoes. If a potential homebuyer sees that you've neatly arranged these areas, they're more likely to trust that you've taken good care of the house.
Tip: Be sure to have a place for your extra belongings. You may even want to rent out an additional storage unit in the interim.
Have Good Lighting
No one wants to feel like they're walking into a cave. That's why it's essential to show as much natural light as possible. Open your curtains and blinds, turn on all of the lights, and even burn a couple of candles. Also, if your home has a fireplace, build a fire to add warmth to your photos. This immediately makes a space feel clean and bright.
Also consider using mirrors to your advantage, as they reflect light and make a room feel bigger. You can place the mirror so that it reflects a window or a lamp, or you can put it behind a sofa, over a console table, or in a bedroom.
Tip: Don't forget to thoroughly clean your windows before any photos are taken (to emphasize the natural light). The photographer will likely want to take the listing photos at a specific time of day when the lighting is best.
Limit Personal Touches
While personal touches such as family photos are great for decorating your home, they're not ideal when trying to sell. As mentioned above, any clutter distracts. You want to present buyers with a clean, more impersonal environment so they can picture their own photographs, heirlooms, furniture, art, etc. It's important to depersonalize the space as much as possible to help the buyer visualize themselves living in the home.
A quick note about the furniture – try to leave only the understated pieces that don't interrupt the flow of the room. This includes any bright colors, or chairs with bold prints, as these might not photograph well.
Get a Professional Cleaning Crew
It's vital to keep your home as clean as possible for photographs when you're trying to sell. This may require a professional crew to make sure your house is cleaned thoroughly. You can ensure your home is well-kept by:
- Washing windows inside and out
- Waxing floors
- Dusting furniture
- Keeping the bathrooms/kitchen spotless (consider hanging new white towels in the bathroom)
- Polishing chrome faucets and mirrors
Tip: You may also want to get your carpets deep-cleaned, particularly if there are a lot of stains in a specific area.
Touch Up Paint
While blemishes on your wall may seem small, they’re easy to spot. Be aware of any nail holes, marks, or cracks on your wall that might need touching up with the same paint color.
Secondly, make sure the colors of your walls are as natural as possible. Sometimes bold wall colors are a great accent in a home, but when it comes to photographing the interior, the more neutral, the better. Consider painting walls white, beige, or light gray – the more consistent the color scheme throughout the house, the better. It's best when your paint colors, flooring choices, and finishes are cohesive. Not only will this help the buyer picture themselves in the home, but you also won't go down in memory as the "house with the hot pink bathroom."
Make Minor Repairs
Repairs can often make or break a sale. If you have cracked floors/countertops, or holes in walls, it will be challenging to sell your home. Take the time to go through your house and repair any damaged areas. Another easy fix that makes a big difference is recaulking tubs, showers, and sinks. While these details seem minor, they will translate well in your photos and make your home easier to sell.
Finally, replace burned-out light bulbs and maybe those that have been in service for a while. As we said, the brighter, the better!
Boost Your Curb Appeal
The outside of the home may be one of the most important details when it comes to listing photos. You need to make sure that the exterior of your home is as appealing and welcoming as possible! You can do this by:
- Painting your front door
- Adding a wreath to your door
- Placing one or two flower pots on your front porch
- Cleaning up your lawn and adding a few shrubs or flowering plants
- Fixing any cracks on your front steps or walkway
- Renting a pressure washer to spray down sidewalks and the exterior of your home
- Replacing an old door mat with a fresh, new one
Once you've done these things, take a moment to stand in the doorway of each room, and picture how it will look from a buyer's perspective. Selling a house can be stressful, but all of your hard work pays off when your home is looking its best! Now, it's time to focus on that camera. Ready? One, two, three.
There's a lot to think about when you're selling or buying a home. We're here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today at (619) 933-5319 for your copy of our Buyer's Guide that includes a detailed checklist of what you can do to make sure your listing photos are perfect.
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