There is quite a bit to do to prep for photography, but believe me, it is worth it. 90% of buyers search for homes on the internet, therefore the professional photographs will more than likely determine if they make a viewing appointment. If there is anything negative in the photos, they may move on to the next listing. A dog bowl in the kitchen photo may be enough for a non-pet owner to say “NEXT”. Your home needs to be in “mother in law spending the weekend” condition.
- All vehicles need to be parked away from the front of the house, either in the garage or down the street.
- Remove all bicycles, toys, pets and their evidence, gardening tools, hoses, lawnmowers, etc.
- All patio furniture should be in good shape.
- Grass should be mowed and landscaping spruced up.
- If there is any mildew on the walkway or structure, pressure washing is a pain, but could be worth $1000’s.
Kitchen: arguably the most important room in the house!
- Clear the island so the tour shows how spacious it is.
- Small appliances make the counter space disappear.
Please remove the toaster, toaster oven, microwave, coffee pot, knife block, can opener, hand mixers, etc.
2-3 items on the counter is actually good – best not to have the kitchen look vacant.
- Clear the refrigerator.
Sports schedules and school lunch menus, etc. are things most people don’t want perfect strangers to have access to. Let’s clear it completely, at least for the tour.
- Don’t forget to conceal the kitchen garbage.
- Empty the sink and put the soap under the sink.
- Clear all visible food packages. A bowl of fresh, good looking fruit is a nice touch.
- Clothes, cash, jewelry and valuables should be hidden away.
- Open window blinds and drapes to reveal the view unless your view is not a selling point.
(neighboring house 5 feet away, used car lot, cemetery, asphalt plant, etc.)
- Window boxes are fine if they do not block the view.
- High-back chairs should not be in front of windows, which would block the view.
- Turn ALL inside lights ON, including ALL lamps, lights under the kitchen counters, overhead stove light, etc.
- Make sure all lights have fresh bulbs of the same color – ask us if you need help!
- Ceiling Fans OFF.
- Televisions OFF.
- Make the beds, clothes in the hamper.
- Conceal garbage containers.
- Open doors between rooms to give an open feeling and ensure all rooms are included in the tour.
- Remove pet food bowls and toys, and conceal pets.
- We can’t assume liability for moving furniture, etc. The property will be photographed as is.
- Ask us which things, if moved, would improve the tour (and subsequent showings).
- Remove rugs if you have good hardwood underneath – now is the time to let that flooring shine!
- Toilet lids DOWN.
- Shower/bath items should be placed under the sink for the tour.
This is a biggy, prospective buyers don’t want to see your deodorant or shampoo.
- Clear counters of electric toothbrushes, pill bottles, etc.