The Real Estate Creative Home Preparation Guide is a great reference on how to get your home ready for an upcoming photo/video shoot. The following tips can optimize the look of your home to help attract a potential buyer faster.
An image of the front of the home will more than likely be first image a potential buyer sees when they are scrolling through Zillow, Realtor.com, or the MLS. We MUST get their attention with this image in order to gain their attention.
Hoses, kids toys, lawn tools, etc. should be put away out of sight.
Decluttering as much as possible is a good idea
Fluff the pillows/cushions and arrange the furniture to make the space look large and functional.
*ask your realtor for ideas if you are not sure.
*One exception would be a nice decorative blanket across the arm of a chair/couch
Clean windows if possible
Many times, we run into dining room tables that are put against a wall when they should be placed in the middle of the space to allow access around the table. Ask your realtor for advise here.
Exception might be a smaller decorative center piece that isn't too distracting
Counter should be bare with the exception of 1-2 small appliances if any at all (toaster, coffee maker, mixer, etc..)
Sink should not have any dishes and all dish washing supplies(soap, sponges, wraps, etc.) should be placed in a cabinet out of sight.
Often we find towels hanging from the sink, stoves, or refrigerators and this can be distracting and unsightly. If you have a counter top paper roll dispenser, please hide it as well.
Fridges should not have any magnets or anything hanging on them. Stoves/microwaves should be clean. This step is crucial especially if the appliances are staying with the home.
A lamp and an alarm clock is really the most you should have on a night stand. Everything else should be hidden.
If you are unsure of where to put a clothing hamper, tuck it into a closet.
Most things on a vanity in a bathroom should be hidden including tooth brushes, combs, lotions, etc. Preferably, the only things that should be on the vanity are a bottle of soap and/or a decoration.
Glass showers, mirrors, and windows should be cleaned
If it is a standard tub/shower, pulling the shower curtain closed can hide all of this.
Typically we do not photograph any of the closets with the exception of the master closet in the primary bedroom.
Try and organize the best you can to show functionality while removing anything that might be distracting.
Try and make the laundry room as clean as possible by removing any clutter and dirty clothes. Laundry soaps should be hidden from view.
Most of the time we do not photograph a garage unless there is something that a potential buyer might find attractive or if the realtor requests it. This makes the garage a great place to hide things from other parts of the home. If we are photographing this space, it is preferred that all vehicles are removed from the garage and it is organized. Ask your realtor for guidance here.
This includes ceiling lights, table lamps, under cabinet lighting, etc. .
Ceiling fans cannot be turning otherwise they will cause motion blur in the image
While everyone has their own way of living, these are simple guidelines to make your home look as inviting as possible to a potential home buyer. If you have any questions about how to make your home look it's best, it's always recommended to ask your realtor who is a real estate professional.