Preparing Your Home For Real Estate Photos

How Professional Photography Affects the Home Selling Process

Before you list your home online and begin the home marketing process, it is important to prepare your home for real estate photos to ensure that your home photographs are professional. When your real estate photographer arrives at your home, everything should be ready to go. This can be stressful for homeowners as real estate photos are a crucial step in the home selling process. But, do not worry! Your listing agent will help reduce your stress and limit chaos on the day of the photoshoot.

The Importance of Real Estate Photos​

Your home’s real estate photos are one of the most important parts of the marketing process. Your home’s marketing directly impacts a potential buyer’s opinion of your house and its features. Great real estate photographers will make your home stand out and help it sell as quickly as possible.

Top 10 Items to Prepare in Your Home Before a Real Estate Photoshoot ​

Kitchen Counters and Sink: Clean and tidy counters make kitchens look more prominent and let potential buyers envision what they would do with the space. Having items on the counter only distracts buyers and can make the space look cluttered.

Bathroom Sinks, Tubs, and Showers: Do not leave items out in the bathroom in photographs or in-person tours. Remove shampoo bottles, soaps, razors, and other items and place them in a bin underneath the sink. This will help your bathroom look bigger and well-maintained. 
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Turn on All Lights Throughout the House: Before the photographer arrives, make sure all lights are on in your home. Lighting is one of the most important aspects of photography and will help your home photograph better. 

Remove Extra Furniture and Decorations: This may seem like a difficult task, but it is crucial when it comes to photographing your home. Removing excess furniture helps open up floor space and makes a home look bigger. If you are unsure about what furniture to remove, consider hiring a professional stager to determine which items should stay and what needs to go. 

Make All of the Beds: This may seem like an obvious tip but can easily be overlooked or forgotten. Make and decorate all beds in the home with bedding that fits the size of the bed perfectly. Use decorative pillows to spruce up the room and brighten up the bed. 

Remove Personal Photos and Items: You want potential buyers to visualize themselves in your home but they cannot do that if your personal items are everywhere. You want buyers to focus on the home and not the items in it. To do this, start by removing all private photos from the entire home, including patios and garages. 
Put All Clothing Away: This is another tip that may seem obvious, but it is something that is often forgotten. When buyers see clothes and shoes out in the open, they will assume that the house lacks storage space. Remove all clothes and shoes and store them away.

Tidy Up Your Yard and Landscaping: First impressions are important. Make sure your front yard is cleaned up and well maintained before the photographer arrives. The first picture that people see of your home will be the outside front yard. Make sure that this area is in its very best condition.

Remove Cars from the Driveway and Road: Cars are not meant to be in real estate photos. Remove cars, trucks, RVs, and trailers from your driveway and the road in front of your house. 

Hide Garbage Cans and Lawn Equipment: Garbage cans and lawn equipment can be distracting in real estate photos. Put all trash cans in the garage, along with lawnmowers and other maintenance supplies. 

Connect with one of our professional real estate agents today to start your home selling process. Our agents will ensure that your real estate photos are top-notch and help your home stand out against the competition!

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