Tips for Sellers on Preparing for Professional Photography
Preparing for professional photography does require some work but if you follow these recommendations your home will be camera-ready when your photographer arrives.
Will Rogers once said, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression” and this is definitely true when it comes to the listing photographs for the sale of your home. The first contact a home buyer has with your home will be online which is why it’s so important to have the best photos to accompany your listing information.
Have the lawn mowed & shrubs trimmed.
In the winter, clear snow from sidewalks, driveway, patios & decks.
No empty planters; add seasonal colorful flowers to pots placed at the entrance and on the patio.
Weather permitting, open patio umbrellas and place cushions on outdoor furniture.
Remove pet waste.
Trash cans & garden hose should be stored out of sight.
Remove cars from the driveway and in front of the home.
Sidewalks, decks & patios should be swept.
Store soccer goals, balls, bikes, and other toys.
Hide all electrical cords.
Declutter-remove stacks of magazine, newspapers, mail, etc.
Clean out the fireplace and paint the interior if necessary.
Clean the windows (inside and out).
Fireplace mantels- limit accessories to 3-5 pieces.
Remove small rugs.
Coffee tables- limit accessories to 1-3 items.
Stash away trashcans.
Store phones, charging cables/docks away.
Replace any burned out light bulbs; turn on all lights and open all blinds to the same level in each room.
Remove any seasonal decorations.
Vacuum &/or mop all floors.
Touch up any painted surfaces that may show wear & tear.
Remove all evidence of pets- beds, bowls, toys, etc.
Clear all counter surfaces completely; no knife blocks, paper towels, dish towels, spices, etc.
No dishes, scrub brushes, dish racks or soap in the kitchen sink.
Clear any school papers, artwork, photos, and magnets from the front of the refrigerator.
Place a bowl of fruit on the counter.
Clear nightstand surfaces of tissue boxes, phone, magazines and charging cords.
Press bed linens if necessary.
Remove items stored under beds because they will likely show up in the photos depending on the angle if the shots.
Remove personal photos.
Toilet seats and lids should be closed
Remove used towels and replace with fresh towels.
Clear the counters completely; no toothbrushes, toothpaste or soaps.
Remove shampoo and soaps from tub or shower stalls.
A vase with a single flower will add a nice touch.
Creating the Vision that Sells
So you’ve decided to sell your home and there’s always a reason-
- The kid’s have all grown and moved on leaving you with too much house?
- Possibly a job has you moving to another town or state?
- Lifestyle change. You want more property so you can have privacy, a garden, or kids can stretch their young legs more?
- Your family is growing and you need more space or the “right space”
There are many reasons but one thing is for sure- if you’re moving because the space no longer works for your family there’s a strong chance that buyers will share the same opinion.
At the Vanderblue Team, we council our sellers from the very start to confront any possible objections so that we hit the market with solutions. Often times the challenge is the floor plan, the home is lacking a mudroom, or you need a playroom for the kids, or maybe the main floor lacks the open concept so many buyers desire. Whatever it may be it’s important to create a way to overcome the objection, because often times buyers have difficulty envisioning the possibilities.
As a Realtor we forge relationships with appraisers, mortgage brokers, real estate attorneys and various home service providers to assist in navigating the transaction. It may seem like putting the horse before the carriage but working with an architect to help market your house can be a seller’s best way to counter any objection right from the beginning! At the Vanderblue Team we often work with Tanner White of Tanner White Architects, LLC. An architect is trained to see options or opportunities. They visualize in three dimensions – providing an amazing added value to the equation! Having a physical drawing of what “can be” will definitely help a buyer visualize the possibilities and also reduce the time on market.
After the initial phone consultation the architect will meet clients at the property for a walk through where ideas, budget, timing and process are discussed. All this provides the homeowner or buyer with an overall game plan to consider, including an estimate for the renovation. From this point floor plans and renderings are developed and tweaked to meet the client’s desires. Clients always find it helpful to see what it can look like- really bringing the project to life by creating a vision that sells. As a Realtor, we like to include as many renderings as possible in our marketing materials. Providing a real vision will definitely create the emotional buyer who suddenly has that “A-Ha” moment they need to submit an offer!
151 Merwins Lane is currently on the market in Greenfield Hill. The house has a beautiful open concept main floor with 2 bedrooms & 2.1 baths. The unattached garage has a walk up full floor studio. Possible objection: This home needs a large Master suite and additional bedroom on the upper level to make this a 4 bedroom. 3.1 bath home.
151 Merwins Lane with the renovation: The expansion over the garage allows for the addition of another bedroom, laundry room, walk-in closets and a full master suite on the upper level. On the main level the proposed plan includes a mudroom, sunroom and direct access to the two car garage.
Lori Auerbach is a Realtor with the Vanderblue Team at The Higgins Group.