Preparing Your Home for Real Estate Photo Shoot: A Seller’s Guide

Selling a home is a significant undertaking, and one of the most critical steps in the process is showcasing your property through professional photographs. These images are often the first impression potential buyers have of your home, so it's essential to make them count. Here are some tips to help you prepare your home for a real estate photo shoot.

1. Turn on All the Lights

Lighting plays a crucial role in photography. It can make your home look warm, inviting, and spacious. Before the photographer arrives, ensure all the lights in your home are turned on. This includes lamps, under-cabinet lighting, and even the light above the stove. The extra illumination will help to brighten up each room and highlight your home's best features.

2. Turn off Ceiling Fans

While ceiling fans are great for circulating air, they can be a distraction in photos. The movement of the blades can create a blur in the images, which can detract from the overall quality. Make sure to turn off all ceiling fans before the photo shoot begins.

3. Declutter, Organize, and Clean

A clutter-free home is more appealing to potential buyers. It allows them to visualize their own belongings in the space. Take the time to declutter each room, removing any unnecessary items.  Considering packing away groupings of family photos.  Organize your belongings neatly, ensuring that everything has a place. And of course, clean, clean, clean! A sparkling clean home is more attractive and shows potential buyers that the property has been well-maintained. Windows look best sparkling clean, inside and out.
Remove everything from the outside of the refrigerator as random magnets and photos can look distracting in photos.  Consider having the house soft washed and decks pressure washed.  Gutters can get stained and have mildew stains that wash off easily.  Only after the exterior of the house is washed do you have the window cleaners come.  If your roof has algae stains or moss growth, I can provide help with getting that removed prior to photos.  Flagstone patios and steps often need a wash to remove the black staining and mildew that builds up over time.

4. Open Window Blinds and Shades

Natural light can make your home look larger and more inviting. Before the photo shoot, open all window blinds and shades to let in as much natural light as possible. If the view outside is not particularly appealing, consider using sheer curtains to diffuse the light and soften the view.

5. Open the pool up and bring out the pool furniture and cushions.  Turn on the hot tub or water features (such as waterfalls) at the pool.

A pool with a cover on it doesn't have emotional appeal.  Buyers can imagine themselves sitting around a pool that is open, especially when the furniture placed around it looks comfortable and inviting.

6. Add Fresh Flowers or Colorful Fruit

Small touches can make a big difference in your home's overall appeal. Fresh flowers can add a pop of color and a touch of elegance to any room. Consider placing a bouquet in the living room, or a small vase of flowers in the bathroom. Similarly, a bowl of colorful fruit in the kitchen can add a vibrant, fresh touch.

7. Staging Outdoor Areas

Staging outdoor areas is just as crucial as staging the interior of a home when it comes to selling a property. The outdoor spaces are often the first impression potential buyers have of a home, and they can significantly impact their overall perception. A well-staged outdoor area creates an inviting atmosphere, showcasing the full potential of the property. It allows buyers to envision themselves enjoying the outdoor spaces, whether it's a cozy patio for entertaining or a serene garden for relaxation. By staging outdoor areas, sellers can highlight the unique features of their property, such as a well-maintained lawn, beautiful landscaping, or a charming outdoor seating area. This attention to detail can make a significant difference in attracting buyers and ultimately securing a successful sale.  Sometimes, simply staging a fire pit area with some adirondack chairs is all that's needed.

Preparing your home for a real estate photo shoot may require a bit of time and effort, but the payoff can be significant. By following these tips, you can help ensure your home is shown in the best possible light, attracting more potential buyers and helping you sell your property more quickly and for a better price. Remember, the goal is to make potential buyers feel at home, so make your home as inviting as possible.

If you are considering a move, contact me for a no obligation consultation. I have the expertise and knowledge to ensure you have a rewarding experience. I will see to it that your property receives maximum exposure and that you get the best possible price. As a seasoned professional career Realtor, my areas of expertise lie in marketing and negotiation. Additionally, I have extensive experience working with seniors who are downsizing, trusts, and heirs of estate properties. I understand the unique challenges that come with such transactions.

Kim Waters

The Norton Agency

Associate Broker/Partner


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