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Preparing Your Prescott Home for Professional Real Estate Photography

posted in Home Selling Tips by Jacob Lichner

With over 87% of home buyers citing the internet as being most important in their home search, quality photography has become a key element to making yours stand out—and even sell for a higher price according to this article from The Wall Street Journal. In fact, a good picture can make a difference of thousands of dollars—or whether your home even gets noticed at all. So, what can you do to help ensure the best photos possible?

Presentation, Presentation, Presentation

On top of the usual Saturday-morning vacuuming, dusting, mopping, sweeping and straightening, here are some presentation tips you can do to prepare your home for professional real estate photography:

General

  • - open all blinds and drapes
  • - all lights ON and make sure no bulbs are out
  • - all ceiling fans OFF
  • - de-personalize by removing family photos
  • - remove all Kleenex tissue boxes
  • - hide remote controls
  • - get windows professionally cleaned

Kitchens

  • - remove counter clutter like bills, pen jar, phone wires
  • - remove dishes, soap bottles, rags
  • - remove everything from the outside surface of the fridge (magnets, clips, notes… everything)
  • - remove little floor mats
  • - remove oven handle towels
  • - remove dog bowl

Bathrooms

  • - remove all personal items and clutter from countertops
  • - clean mirrors and shower doors
  • - remove little floor mats
  • - remove towels from shower door
  • - remove trash cans

Exterior

  • - remove vehicles, trash/recycle cans from front
  • - straighten, uncover and put cushions on outdoor furniture
  • - uncover the grill
  • - open patio umbrellas
  • - hide garden tools, hoses and childrens’ toys