A house hunter’s first view of your property is often online, and if the photos accompanying your home’s listing don’t impress, you probably won’t get a second chance to lure in that potential buyer. This means your real estate photos are valuable assets when it comes to selling your home. Take notes of the following staging tips to ensure your photos help make the best first impression of your home.
CLEAN THE WINDOWS AND OPEN THE SHADES
Ample light can go a long way toward making your home shine in photos and even make the room appear larger. So, get those windows sparkling clean and open the shades and curtains wide.
REMOVE COUNTER CLUTTER
Gleaming, clutter-free counters will make your kitchen look more spacious. Put away everything. It’s fine to leave out one or two small appliances, such as the toaster and coffee maker, but stash anything extra, as well as small appliances that have seen better days.
POLISH WOOD FLOORS AND SHINE UP APPLIANCES
Wood floors can be a major selling point, so be sure they look their best in photos by treating them to a thorough cleaning and finish with a product that is safe for your floors. The same goes for those stainless steel appliances – using a product designed for stainless steel, buff the surface until it gleams.
HIDE TOILETRIES AND FRESHEN BATHROOMS
Aside from a fresh bar of soap at the sink, the bathroom should be completely free of toiletries – too many products crowding the sink and shower suggest that there’s not enough storage space. Pull open the shower curtain, clean the mirror, put the toilet seats down, and turn on the lights. Remove old towels and put out fresh, fluffy white towels if you have them.
HIGHLIGHT SPECIAL FEATURES
Have a lovely working gas fireplace or an outdoor fire pit? Make sure it’s lit on photo day. Likewise, if you have a hot tub or a pool in the backyard, make sure it’s uncovered and clean for the photos.
IS MY HOME READY FOR PICTURE DAY?
If you need more tips on the do’s and don’ts of staging your home, we can help! We have staged numerous homes throughout San Diego and can tell you what house hunters look for most in a staged home. You can reach us at 858-722-6847 or use our contact form.