In this day and age, many homebuyers begin their search for a single family home by turning to the internet. In many cases, the first things that grab a buyer's attention are the listing photos. Thus, if you are planning on listing your home for sale in the near future, it is essential to ensure that you have excellent listing photos that will compel a buyer to schedule a showing. Most real estate agents work with professional real estate professionals to take listing photos, but there are several things that you will need to do before the photographs are taken. Use the following tips to help ensure that your home's online listing photos look great:
De-Clutter Your Home
One of the best things that you can do before your listing photos are taken is completely de-clutter your home. If each room of your home is full of belongings, even normal stuff that is used regularly, it can make your home look messy in pictures and can also make rooms look smaller. Take the time to pack up anything that you do not need, and place large, bulky pieces of furniture in storage. Completely de-cluttering a home can take some time, but doing so will make a big difference in your photos, and it will help make your home ready for showings.
Ensuring that your home is clean from top to bottom is always a good idea before having listing photos taken. Today's high-def cameras pick up the smallest details, so dirty tile, stained carpets, or filthy windows may be noticed in photos. Deep cleaning your home prior to having listing photos taken will make every picture look great, and it will also help show pride of ownership. A total deep cleaning will also make it easier to maintain your home until an offer is made.
Take Advantage of Light
On the day that your listing photos are being taken, take the time to open all of your curtains and blinds to let natural light in. If you leave the curtains and blinds closed, there is a good chance that the rooms in your home will look dark and uninviting in photographs. When there is ample natural light, your home will look bright and each room will appear larger. You may want to consider hanging mirrors across from windows to help further brighten rooms that are small in size of do not get a lot of natural light.