Selling your home is an exciting time as you complete one chapter of your life and begin to pen the next. Too often, the excitement can be overshadowed by anxious moments, but many points of stress are avoidable if you follow this Bright Guide for How to Prep Your Home for Real Estate Photography and A Stress-Free Listing.
The process begins by asking your trusted Realtor® for suggestions on what needs to be completed for the best photography so that your listing makes best first impression on buyers. The goal, for both you and your Realtor®, is to see your home on market for minimal days and to sell for maximum profit.
Follow this list to get more interested buyers and better offers!
Cleaning – ugh!
In addition to the usual bathroom, floors, and surfaces, also make sure to clean:
Cabinet doors and drawers
Lighting - Spotlight Your Best Features
Make sure all light bulbs are working and bright
Dust lamps & shades
Wipe blinds and clean/vacuum curtains
Minimize Days on the Market - Appeal to the Broadest Buyer Group
De-personalize your home by removing family-specific artwork or furnishings
Minimize accessories to make your home features more visible
Organize and declutter closets and storage areas - especially the entryway, kitchen and bathrooms
If you don’t love it, leave it at the Goodwill (If it has value, sell it)
Pets and pet gear should be out of sight as much as possible
Use the garage as first place to store items while listing, not the house
Freshen Up! – Help Buyers Focus on Your House, Not Your Belongings
Clean and clear off counters and surfaces
Re-paint personalize colors with neutrals
Arrange pillows and blankets on furniture
Make sure the toilet seat covers are down
Be the "Whole Package" - Make Sure Your Outdoor Living Area Looks Great, Too!
Power wash, sweep, and clean
Freshen up plantings and pots
Trim shrubs and refresh mulch or pine straw
Water features should be on
Clear cars out of driveway
Hide or store children's toys, pet's toys, pet waste, and trash cans
We recommend working with a real estate specific photographer when selling your home. They know what buyers want to see. If you're in the Beaufort, SC area, we would love to be of service! Contact us here.