Top 5 Tips for Preparing Your House for Real Estate Photos

Posted by Florida Realty Marketplace on Tuesday, September 14th, 2021 at 9:02am

Top 5 Tips for Preparing Your House for Real Estate PhotosIn the new digital age of real estate, 96% of home buyers are finding their new home from online searches and real estate apps and studies have shown that homes for sale in Windermere, FL with more than 30 photos online sell faster and for more money. Obviously it is impossible to know exactly how a house will suit your needs simply by looking at it online, but in many cases buyers are able to eliminate a house from their list if they see something in an online listing that turns them off. Making sure your pictures are professional and appealing to a wide variety of buyers will keep your home on buyers’ lists and have them scheduling a private showing to see if it's the right home for them.

So what makes a good real estate picture and how can you better prepare for photos? Here are five tips that sellers should do to sell their home or, at least, will help put you and your home in the best position right away.

General Declutter

It may sound like a no brainer but decluttering before photos makes a huge impact on the final pictures. A good rule of thumb is to remove everything you think would classify as clutter, and then remove even more. If you are currently living in the home, you may have to make some short term sacrifices as far as conveniences is concerned, in order to put the home’s best foot forward in photos.

Clean Thoroughly

High definition photos are standard fare for professional real estate photographers, and website and app’s ability to let potential buyers zoom in to critique certain photos can show more than you would expect. Many real estate photographers suggest you hire a professional cleaning service to come give the house a full treatment before scheduling photos. This may seem a bit extreme but having the home in pristine condition will carry over and help the home show better to in person buyers as well. If you are in a time crunch to get photos taken, a professional cleaning crew with several workers will be able to get done in a day what may take you and your family a week to accomplish.

Remove Family Pictures

Speaking of family, it's a good idea to remove family photos and similar personal items from the home before photos are taken. While this helps with the decluttering aspect of the process, it also makes it easier for potential buyers to start to picture their belongings in the space. Too many pictures of your family will cause a disconnect with buyers as they will be reminded that it is someone else's home and make it difficult for them to imagine what it would be like to live there.

Clear Counter Tops

The kitchen is the heart of the home and for that reason it is one of the most scrutinized areas in homes for sale in Windermere Fl. Making the kitchen, and specifically the countertop space, look as big as possible in photos will add to the selling points of the home and make it more desirable to buyers. Putting away unnecessary decorations and appliances, even just for the photos, will be a big benefit to you and your sale.

Pay Extra Attention to Bathrooms

Bathrooms are one of the most overlooked, or under considered, rooms in homes listed for sale. While they are understandably some of the most important spaces in the home, they rarely get the attention they deserve to ensure photos are the most beneficial to the seller. Before the photographer arrives, make sure toilet seats are down, countertops are as bare as possible, and hanging towels are straightened, folded, or ideally removed entirely.

Keep these tips in mind when preparing for real estate photos and you will be well on your way to a successful sale. Not only will high quality photos make your home more appealing to more buyers, but they will be easier to share online and bring the most positive attention possible to your home. While it may not take long to prepare, the time spent before photos are taken can make a huge difference in your selling experience.

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