It is important for your home to look its best both for showings to prospective buyers as well as photography. The photographs prospective buyers see creates their first impression of your home and is often a determining factor in their decision to see your home.
We can advise you on enhancements to maximize your home value and give you contractor referrals for preparing your home for sale. We also provide Complimentary Occupied Home Staging Services with certified professionals who will use your furnishings to create an inviting atmosphere for prospective home buyers.
We encourage you to treat your home like an asset and go for top dollar. You are moving on and your house will no longer be your home. Remember – how live in your home and how you sell your home are two distinctly different approaches.
PREP YOUR HOME INTERIOR FOR PHOTOGRAPHY BEFORE GOING ON THE MARKET:
- Deep clean every room. Make your home sparkle and shine. Don’t forget the mirrors and windows! A meticulous clean home is inviting and shows you have taken care of your home.
- Remove clutter. Clear off counter-tops, pare down closets and cupboards, clean out book shelves, remove items from the refrigerator and cork boards, store extra furniture and those knick-knacks. This alone will make your house appear bigger.
- Pack away personal items such as family photos, religious objects and valuables. You want to appeal to the broadest number of home buyers and have them picture themselves living in the home not visiting someone’s home.
- Make sure all light bulbs are working and shine bright. Replace any burnt out bulbs.
- Spruce up your kitchen in need of a remodel with new cabinet knobs, a coat of neutral paint for the walls and consider re-staining or painting your cabinets a light shade. Install under cabinet lights for an upscale touch. Stick-on tiles are an inexpensive luxurious upgrade. If you have black or white appliances consider an inexpensive stainless steel appliance package. This small investment can generate big returns.
- Replace out of date bathroom light fixtures and overhead lights. Another small investment that can yield big returns.
- Paint soiled or strongly colored walls with a neutral shade, such as modern neutrals or gray, and apply the same color scheme to carpets and flooring.
- Check and repair cracks, leaks and signs of dampness in the attic and basement, as well as repair cracks, holes or damage to plaster, wallboards, wallpaper, paint and tiles. Recaulk tile and grout.
- Replace broken windows, molding and other woodwork as well as blinds and screens.
- Inspect and repair plumbing, heating, cooling and alarm systems. Pre-Inspect your home and repair issues that will come up in inspections and increase the buyer’s confidence in the condition of your home.
- Buy new white towels for the bathrooms and trendy pillows or pillow cases for your throw pillows to be displayed when prospective buyers visit.
- Bowls of fresh fruit and vases of fresh flowers create an inviting atmosphere.
- Remove pets and their food, bowls, crates and litter boxes.
PREP YOUR HOME EXTERIOR FOR PHOTOGRAPHY BEFORE GOING ON THE MARKET:
- Keep the lawn manicured, watered and weed free.
- Power wash paths and siding
- Trim bushes, weed and mulch flower beds and prune trees.
- Repair any cracks in the foundation, steps, walkway, walls and patios.
- Touchup any chipped or peeling paint from doors, windows and siding.
- Clean and align gutters.
- Apply a fresh coat of paint to the front door.
- Repair and replace any loose or damaged roof shingles.
- Keep walkways, driveway, porch, patio and deck cleared of snow and ice in winter.
- Add colorful annuals, near your front entrance in spring and summer and plant flowers in your flower beds.
SHOWING YOUR HOME
- Plan to be out of the house during showings. Buyers are uncomfortable when the owner is home and may feel like intruders and hurry through your home if you are there. Be sure to take your pets with you.
- Open drapes, curtains and blinds before prospective buyers arrive. Make certain the temperature is comfortable and turn on all lights.
- Lower all toilet seats, open shower curtains and leave doors ajar.
- Refrain from playing music or lighting candles during the showing. Sound and smells can be distracting for some potential home buyers.
- The goal is to create an inviting and warm atmosphere in which buyers can emotionally envision living in the home with their own belongings and décor.