July 3, 2018 | Anna Veloz


Real estate photos are the first thing that most home buyers see when searching for a home. And what attracts them the most are better looking photos. They will most likely pass up on viewing a home in person if the photographs are not that enticing. Your trusted realtor will hire a professional photographer; but you, as a seller, can help make the photographs of your home stand out from the crowd. Here are some tips on staging your home for real estate photography:


STAGING THE KITCHEN
  • Clear off the kitchen counter
  • Take all notes, magnets and pictures off the fridge
  • Hide the dish-cloth and soap
  • Obviously no dirty dishes anywhere
  • Clean everything…..stovetop, counters, floors
  • If you have under-counter lighting, make sure it all works

STAGING THE BATHROOMS
  • No visible tooth-brushes
  • Put out a fresh soap bar or a bottle of soap dispenser
  • Hide all cosmetics
  • Fresh towels hung from racks
  • Full roll of toilet paper on the dispenser
  • Clean everything

STAGING THE LIVING ROOM
  • Dust and vacuum everything
  • A couple of decorative pillows on the couch
  • Lamps all work properly
  • Remove any excess furniture
  • Make sure curtains, drapes or blinds are in good condition and clean

STAGING THE DINING ROOM
  • Should only contain a table, chairs and hutch
  • Remove excess chairs
  • Take any extra center pieces out of the table (make it smaller)
  • Flower or Glass Vase center-piece on the table is ok
  • Clean everything

STAGING THE MASTER BEDROOM
  • Remove everything off the dresser top
  • Night-tables are for a lamp and maybe one book
  • Make sure lights and lamps all work (they will be ON during the photo-shoot)
  • Obviously, bed properly made.
  • Use a duvet (borrow one if you have to) and accent pillows
  • Make sure curtains or blinds are clean and in good condition

STAGING THE YARD
  • Curb Appeal starts with the front yard…
  • Rake leaves, clear off the driveway and sidewalk
  • Curb Appeal also includes the back yard…
  • Grass cut, any bare patches filled in
  • All toys and tools packed away


Source and some text adapted from: Bo Kauffmann (www.winnipeghomefinder.com)

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