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Staging & Photography

Over 90% of buyers begin their home search online, so quality photos that show off your property's unique features are critical. That is why I hire a professional photographer to shoot every single home I market, regardless of price point. Before my photographer can take the photos, however, we will need to stage your home. I can recommend a professional stager if you need one, but here are some tips to help your home shine:

  • Decluttering: Clean and clutter-free makes for much better photos. Too much furniture can make a room look smaller while too little can make it feel cold and uninviting. 

  • Depersonalizing: Buyers like to envision themselves in a home. Removing items such as personal pictures and memorabilia will help buyers connect to your home.

  • Check Your Curb Appeal: An attractive exterior can be a major selling point. Make sure your front, back, and side yards are well maintained. 

  • Painting: Buyers tend to respond best to neutral colors. If you have wallpaper or unusual colors, you may want to consider painting. You should also repair any holes or cracks in the walls or ceilings.

  • Lighting: Make sure your lights are in good condition and on for all showings, and that your windows are clean to let in the natural light.

  • Check Your Floors: The condition of your floors is not always noticeable in a photo, but when a buyer enters your home, they will notice if your floors need recarpeting or refinishing. 

  • Air Quality and Odors: Again, while the smell of your home is not noticeable in a photo, it is noticeable when a buyer walks in the door. If you have pets, you may want to consider removing them during showings and putting their litter boxes and food dishes away. Also, avoid cooking with any strong seasoning, spices, or other foods with lingering odors before a showing.

Staging will also help you decide what you want to pack up and keep and what you want to discard before you make your next move.