When you are ready to sell your home, you need the best possible marketing tools available to you. Not only is an experienced Realtor good to have, but also some great, quality photographs of your home! More and more people are looking online when they are looking for a new home, and you need pictures that really stand out because those pictures, are in a sense, curb appeal. Today, it's how most people "drive by" the home first, before they ever get in a car!
So, what are the best things you can do to have quality photos? Here are the top 5:
1. Hire a Pro - No matter how high quality your smart phone camera has, high definition professional photos are much better to have of your home. Having someone who knows the best lighting and best angles to photograph your home is a must. Fortunately, if you have an experienced Realtor, he or she probably has one or several on their speed dial that will make your home look beautiful. Generally speaking, that is usually included in the marketing plan of your real estate agent and included in their commission cost. However, you may want to ask when you are interviewing your agent to sell your home about the photographs. You need to know if that will be an extra expense on your part or not and adjust accordingly.
2. Hide Personal Stuff - On photograph day, you need to hide all of your personal things for the pictures. Limit all or most knick knacks and other decor items. Remove personal family photos and magnets on your fridge! When a person is looking at pictures of your home, they need to be able to picture themselves and their family in the home, not your family. Having certain items might give the home a certain tone that might not appeal to most buyers. You need your home to appeal to as many buyers as possible--of all ages and walks of life. The more others can see themselves in your home, the more interest and the more chances of selling your home successfully.
3. Clean, Clean, Clean - Make sure your home is as clean as possible before photo day! With professional pictures, details stand out. You don't want those details to be the big stain on the carpet and the fingerprints on the walls! Clutter sitting around, dirty dishes in the sink and grunge anywhere, can't look better even with the best photographer. You have hired professionals to sell your home so make your home as fresh and clean as possible to get the most for your money.
4. Clear Conditions - Not only having good weather is important on the day the pictures are taken (rain and snow storms won't make the best pictures!) but if you have some work that needs to be taken care of outside, make sure that is done before the day the photographer comes if you can. Obviously there are times when maybe some things can't be done, but do your best to have things scheduled around the picture day for the best outcome.
5. Final Run Through - After you feel you have done everything you possibly can to make your home ready for picture day, do a final run through on the day of and take care of details. Make sure all beds are made and looking their best, straighten that shower curtain and towels, put the lid down on the toilet and put up the clean dishes in the drainer! Paying attention to the small details can make a big difference when the final photographs are taken.