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20 Tips to Ensure Your Home Shines in Photos and Sells Faster!

Cole Team at Real Broker

You should have a stellar real estate experience. Experience the ultimate in real estate excellence when you work with us...

You should have a stellar real estate experience. Experience the ultimate in real estate excellence when you work with us...

Sep 20 5 minutes read

Selling your home is an exhilarating journey, but it's also a competitive one. In today's digital age, first impressions are everything, and potential buyers often make their decisions based on what they see online. That's why we're here to help you master the art of making your home camera-ready. With these 20 essential tips, you'll not only capture stunning photos but also increase your chances of selling your home faster and at the price you deserve. So, let's dive in and make your property stand out from the rest!

Tip 1: 

Clear & Clean Kitchen Counters & Sink

Your kitchen is the heart of your home, and it's essential to keep it clutter-free. Clear those kitchen counters and make your sink spotless. A tidy kitchen allows buyers to envision their future home sweet home.

Tip 2: 

Clear & Clean Bathroom Sinks, Tubs, and Showers

The bathroom is another critical area. Ensure it's clean and free from personal items. A clean, pristine bathroom helps potential buyers see its full potential.

Tip 3: 

Replace Burned Out Light Bulbs

Brighten up your home by replacing any burned-out light bulbs. Well-lit rooms appear more inviting and spacious.

Tip 4: 

Turn On All Lights Throughout The Entire House

Before the photo shoot, make sure to turn on all the lights in your home. Proper lighting can transform the atmosphere and make your space look its best.

Tip 5:

Open All Window Treatments

Natural light is your best friend when it comes to showcasing your home. Open all window treatments to let in as much light as possible.

Tip 6: 

Remove Unnecessary Furniture & Decorations

While you may love your furniture and decorations, less is often more when it comes to staging. Declutter your space to make rooms appear larger and more inviting.

Tip 7: 

Remove Floor Mats and Runners

Floor mats and runners can make rooms feel smaller. Roll them up to create a sense of spaciousness.

Tip 8: 

Turn All Ceiling Fans, TVs, and Computer Screens Off

Before the shoot, turn off any moving items like ceiling fans, TVs, and computer screens. This ensures your photos capture a serene atmosphere.

Tip 9: 

Clear Appliance Surfaces of Magnets and Clutter

Keep your kitchen appliances clean and free of magnets and clutter. This not only looks better but also keeps your personal information safe.

Tip 10: 

Make All of the Beds

Neatly made beds give your bedrooms a polished appearance. It's a simple but effective touch.

Tip 11: 

Remove All Personal Photos and Items

It's time to depersonalize your space. Remove all personal photos and items to allow potential buyers to envision themselves living there.

Tip 12: 

Put All Shoes & Jackets in Closets

A tidy entryway creates a positive first impression. Ensure all shoes and jackets are neatly stored in closets.

Tip 13:

Clear All Night Stands and Dressers

A clutter-free bedside looks more inviting and appealing to buyers. Keep nightstands and dressers organized.

Tip 14: 

Remove ALL Pet Items

Pets are wonderful, but not all buyers may share your enthusiasm. Remove all pet items and ensure there's no trace of pets or odors.

Tip 15:

Tidy Up the Yard & Landscaping

Don't forget about your outdoor space. Trim hedges, mow the lawn, and create a manicured front yard to enhance curb appeal.

Tip 16: 

Sweep up the Porch/Patio/Deck

Make your outdoor spaces inviting by sweeping up the porch, patio, or deck. A clean outdoor area is more appealing.

Tip 17:

Clear All Cars from Road & Driveway

For the perfect street view, ensure there are no cars in sight. Keep your driveway clear for a clean and inviting look.

Tip 18: 

Hide All Garbage Cans & Lawn Equipment

Unsightly bins and lawn equipment can detract from your home's appearance. Store them out of sight to maintain a clean and organized yard.

Tip 19:

 Remove Outdoor Cooker Covers

Show off your outdoor grill by removing its cover. Highlight this feature to potential buyers who love outdoor cooking.

Tip 20: 

Open Up Patio Umbrellas

Create an outdoor oasis by opening patio umbrellas and adding some flair to your backyard. Make your outdoor space as inviting as possible.

Ready to embark on a seamless home-selling journey? Contact the Cole Team today, and let us guide you through every step of the way. Your dream buyer is just a call away!

Stephanie Cole Patterson
Associate Broker, Cole Team Real Estate with Real Broker

[email protected]

Who You Work With Matters

Your home deserves this kind of attention. If marketing your home properly and finding the right buyer is important to you – we're here to help. Schedule a call with our team to discuss your property, and we'll share exactly what we can do to give you the best selling experience overall.

We’ve personally helped over 1000 buyers and sellers during our career. You can count on our experience to see you through the real estate process with ease and insight.

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