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How to Prep Your Home for Real Estate Photography & A Stress-Free Listing

How to Prep You Home for Real Estate Photography Blog by Bright Guide Photography

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:

  • Ceiling fans

  • Baseboards

  • Air vents

  • 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

  • Make beds

  • 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.


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