Prepping Your Home for a Photographer
SELLING YOUR HOME FASTER & FOR MORE
BY KELLY HECK PHOTOGRAPHY
Taking the time to prepare your home for a photographer is an incredibly wise investment. The more you prepare your home before the photographer arrives, the better the pictures are going to look. A photographer is hired to make your home look good through the lens… it is not possible to make a messy room look uncluttered in pictures. And, in preparing your home for the photographer, your home is now ready for showings.
First impressions matter, and a home that photographs well will get more attention online. More attention means more interest, more visitors, more offers, and hopefully a higher selling price.
Following are tips to help make your home shine in photos, photos that will allure new home buyers to make an offer! And a few tips are added at the end to make your home more appealing during showings too!
- Hire a room stager to arrange the furniture and décor, or make adjustments yourself. The goal is to make your rooms look like tasteful, simple spaces, much like a hotel room.
- The view from the doorway of each room is the most important, as that is the first impression of each space. However, all angles are important in every room – showing off the natural light (windows) and any special features or built-ins will be captured by the photographer.
- Less is always more, so clear away clutter, take down family photos, and put away personal effects. Create stylish, generic rooms. Less distractions keeps the focus on the home.
- Deep clean everything to remove built up dirt and grime.
- No pets should be loose during your photo shoot (nor during home showings).
- Let in as much light as possible. Open the blinds and pull back the curtains. For the photos, every single light in your home should be turned on. Replace all burned out lightbulbs.
- Exterior preparation is just as important as interior. Pay particular attention to your home’s curb appeal. Cut the lawn, weed, trim bushes, rake up leaves, edge walkways, and put away excess items like tools, hoses, toys, garbage cans, and other items. Put the cars in the garage, or park them up the street. Get some fresh mulch for flowerbeds. Sweep the porch and sidewalks. Wipe down any outdoor furniture an cushions. And give the same attention to the backyard – that is going to be the new owner’s oasis!
- In the kitchen, clear off your counters of food, small appliances and other items that have been collecting. Clear the fridge of magnets and papers and photos. Put away tea towels and tools around the sink. And a few decorative items on the counters never hurts!
LIVING & FAMILY ROOM PREPARATION
- Clean up any built-in storage, such as book shelves. A packed book shelf should be minimized. Consider removing half the books and adding some design to the shelf. Clear out ratty old books and magazines.
- Clear the room of remotes and minimize electronic equipment and cords.
- Try not to hide stuff under the bed, often the photographer can see items peeking out from underneath. Instead of hiding items, pack them away or move them out.
- Children’s bedrooms can be difficult because of unique or unusual decorations. Consider packing them away to make the rooms more generic and neutral.
- Use your best bedspreads and big, fluffy pillows to make your beds attractive.
- Minimize your night stands and dresser tops as much as possible. Put everything away, including phone chargers, tissue boxes, jewelry, make-up, etc.
- Remove everything from the counters and from the tubs/showers. That includes makeup, toothbrush and paste, razors, soap, shampoo, conditioner, loofahs, baby toys, etc.
- Keep the toilet seats closed and have fresh, clean towels out.
- The more thorough your preparation is, the better the photos will be of your home. With better photos come stronger real estate listings and get noticed faster, get more attention, and sell quickly and for more.
KEEPING YOUR HOME PREPPED FOR SHOWINGS
Keep area rugs and/or door mats at every entrance to your home. It will give visitors the chance to wipe their feet and keep your floors clean.
Scent is an important sensation. Spending a few extra dollars to have appealing room fresheners will be worth it. Pick something appetizing for the kitchen, like apple pie or cinnamon, and choose clean scents for the rest of the home!