PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR IT’S VERY OWN PHOTO SHOOT! by Robin Glasener
Congratulations! You’ve decided it’s time to sell your home! It can be both exciting and overwhelming. As the saying goes, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression” and when it comes to selling your property, this is, most certainly, true! To get top dollar for your home, now is the time to get your property in tip-top shape. With prices at an all-time high, buyers are more discerning, than ever, and your home needs to shine. Fortunately, you’re here, reading this, so you’re already off to a great start! 90% Of buyers start their property search online, so the most important marketing tool that exists is the photo shoot!
Here is a handy list of tips and ideas for getting your home ready:
Outdoors: Curb appeal is number one. The exterior of the home is the first thing buyers see, and they want their new home to look as nice on the exterior, as it does on the interior. Buyers form an opinion within seconds of viewing a home and if they don’t like what they see on the outside, they’ll likely pass on viewing it, altogether. Also, don’t neglect the side and back yards.
Mow and trim the lawn, rake leaves, trim bushes and trees, and pull all weeds. Make sure sprinkler systems are working properly.
Clean up after any animals.
Pick up any items that may be laying around the yard, such as garden tools, garbage cans, toys, bikes, empty pots or pots with dead plants. Wrap up garden hoses and put them away. Consider adding splashes of bright colored flowers to the landscape and in pots.
Sweep porches, patios, sidewalks, walkways, and garage. Don’t forget to look up and get those cobwebs hiding in the corners!
Wipe down any patio furniture and make sure the cushions look clean and nice. If a pool, hot tub, or spa, are included, ensure they are sparkling clean.
Make sure all exterior lighting is working properly; replace any broken or missing lights/bulbs.
Indoors: Deep cleaning, depersonalizing, and de-cluttering certainly go hand-in-hand when preparing to sell your home, and when it comes to appealing to buyers, less is more. The goal is to try to create a stylish, clean space in which buyers can visualize themselves living in.
Deep cleaning is a must. This includes shampooing rugs and carpets, and wiping down the walls, trim, doors, baseboards, appliances, and cupboards. Clean the windows, inside and out, including screens. Wipe off light fixtures and ceiling fans and be on the lookout for those cobwebs!
De-clutter and organize as much as possible. Put away toys, clothing, dishes, towels, shoes etc. Clear off the kitchen counter top so they are as open as possible, hide all trash cans, and take off any magnets and decorations from the fridge.
Depersonalized, to a certain degree. Personal and family photos, political photos/images, religious items, and sports memorabilia can all be things that turn buyers away, so it’s best to take them down.
Make all the beds, fluff all the pillows, and straighten the bed skirts.
Clear all bathroom counter tops and put away all personal items. Remove all shampoos, conditioners, body-washes, etc. from the shower. Put out the guest towels, hide all the others, and put the toilet seats/lids down.
If there are pets, hide all food/water bowls, pet beds, and pet toys. We all adore our pets, but it’s best to keep them, and their things, out of the photos.
Replace all burned out light bulbs.
Place any valuables in a secure location. A wall safe or safe deposit box are good options.
Just before the photo shoot: Your home’s big day!
Turn on all interior lights – even lights in furniture cabinets. Turn off ceiling fans and light fireplaces. Putting out vases of fresh flowers is a nice touch, as is lighting candles.
Open all blinds, shades, and curtains. The name of the game is light, light, and more light!
Clear all cars and vehicles from the driveway and the street in front of your home.