8 Photo Tips For Putting Your House on the Market After a Remodel

A house hunter’s first impression of your property is typically online, and if the images accompanying your home’s listing don’t dazzle, you’re unlikely to receive another chance to entice that potential buyer, which means your real estate photos are significant assets when it comes to selling your home.

It might be exhausting to prepare your home for a photoshoot. The arrival of the photographer is one of the most stressful days of the entire home-selling process. Everything must be fully prepared by the appointment time. Selling your home is a lot of work. It’s not uncommon for a photographer to arrive on the day of a photo shoot to discover the homeowners hastily completing the final tasks. If you’ve ever been in this situation, you understand how stressful it can be. Realtors work hard to get our clients to this point in the selling process as smoothly as possible. They employ checklists and staging coach visits to make the home appear amazing before the photographer arrives.

Your home’s marketing will have a significant impact on your purchasers’ perception of your home and its sale price. It would be ideal if you could use professional photography and videography. This is why real estate marketing has shifted so dramatically in recent years. One of the most crucial things to understand about your professional real estate photographer/videographer is that they are artists. With their skill sets, they can make your home look fantastic.

When your real estate photographer arrives, they will stroll through the house, highlighting the most crucial features for potential purchasers. Seasoned professionals have gained a distinct capacity to identify the home’s advantages and disadvantages. They understand how to highlight the best features of the property. Their knowledge and technologies enable them to manage light and space to make your home appear as large and bright as possible. Because a photographer/videographer is an artist, you will get much more out of their services if your home is completely prepared when they arrive. When artists have to reorganize and tidy spaces before a shot, they can become sidetracked. After all, that isn’t in their job description.

You want their attention to be drawn to a bright and tidy home, not the effort required to get it there. They’re frequently pressed for time, and time spent doing your job is time they can’t spend doing theirs. Follow the real estate photography pre-shoot checklist below to get the most out of your professional real estate photographer. It will assist you in ensuring that your home is photo-ready and pleasant before listing it for sale. Use these suggestions to help you prepare your home.

The following pointers can help your home look its best on photo day.

Remove All Debris

When you’re getting your home ready to list, it’s important to make sure that it looks its best. One of the most important things you can do is to remove all debris from your home. This includes things like:

  • Garbage and recycling
  • Toys and other children’s belongings
  • Sports equipment
  • Tools and gardening supplies
  • Pet supplies
  • Any other items that don’t belong in the main living areas of your home

Taking the time to remove all debris from your home will make a big difference in its overall appearance. It will also make it easier for potential buyers to envision themselves living in your space. Here are a few tips for removing debris from your home:

  • Start by decluttering each room. Get rid of anything that you don’t use or need.
  • Once you’ve decluttered, take a close look at each room and see if there’s anything else that needs to be removed.
  • If you have a garage, attic, or basement, be sure to clean those areas as well.
  • Once you’ve removed all of the debris, take a step back and admire your work! Your home will look and feel so much better.

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Add Lighting

Light can be your greatest ally or your deadliest enemy. You will fail if you do not know how to regulate it. The time of day and weather conditions can both have a significant impact on how well your space shoots. If the afternoon light is shining into your room, casting harsh shadows everywhere, the photo will look “blown out,” with sections as dark as night and as bright as a nuclear inferno. Look for the optimal time for indirect sunlight outside and inside your home to help address this issue. This works best on cloudy days. It’s also a good idea to turn on your interior lights and lamps to help balance out the lighting in the room.

Check that all of the ceiling lights, as well as extra lamps and external lights, are operational. If your home has any dark regions, such as a basement, add a few extra lamps to brighten them up. Up-lighting floor lights are fantastic! The more light there is, the better! Natural light from windows adds depth and passion to real estate photography. We recommend leaving all window treatments open around the house to let in as much light as possible. If the light outside is too bright, your photographer will adjust your blinds and drapes to balance the shot. Remember to clean the windows!

Highlight Special Features

Do you have a beautiful, operating gas fireplace or an outdoor fire pit? On photo day, make sure it’s well-lit. Similarly, if you have a hot tub or pool in your backyard, make sure it’s clean and exposed for the shots. Many different special features can be found in homes. Some of the most common include:

  • Open floor plans. Open floor plans are becoming increasingly popular, as they offer a sense of spaciousness and connectivity.
  • High ceilings. High ceilings can make a home feel more grand and airy.
  • Natural light. Natural light is a major selling point for many homebuyers.
  • Views. Views of nature, water, or city skylines can add value to a home.
  • Special finishes. Unique finishes, such as hardwood floors, marble countertops, or custom cabinets, can add luxury and style to a home.
  • Unique features. Some homes have unique features that make them stand out from the crowd. These could include a home theater, a wine cellar, or a built-in swimming pool.

The special features that are most important to you will depend on your individual needs and preferences.

Remove All Personal Items

It’s difficult for purchasers to imagine themselves in your home if your personal belongings are everywhere. Buyers want to believe that the house was custom-built for them. When you’re getting your home ready to list, it’s important to remove all personal items from your house. This includes things like:

  • Family photos
  • Souvenirs
  • Collectibles
  • Religious items
  • Political items
  • Anything else that makes your home feel like a home

The goal is to create a neutral space that potential buyers can envision themselves living in. By removing personal items, you’ll make your home more appealing to a wider range of buyers. Here are a few tips for removing personal items from your house:

  • Start by decluttering each room. Get rid of anything that you don’t use or need.
  • Once you’ve decluttered, take a close look at each room and see if there’s anything else that needs to be removed.
  • If you have a garage, attic, or basement, be sure to clean those areas as well.
  • Once you’ve removed all of the personal items, take a step back and admire your work! Your home will look and feel so much more spacious and inviting.

By following these tips, you can easily remove personal items from your house and get them ready for listing photos. This will help you sell your home faster and for a higher price. Here are some additional tips for removing personal items from your house:

  • Pack up personal items in boxes and store them in a closet or out of the way.
  • If you don’t have the time or space to pack up all of your personal items, consider hiring a professional organizer to help you.
  • Once your home is staged and ready for photos, be sure to take some time to enjoy it yourself! You’ve worked hard to get your home ready to sell, so take a moment to appreciate all of your hard work.

Spruce Up the Bathroom

Place all shampoo bottles, soaps, shaving razors and other products in a bin that fits beneath the bathroom sink. This technique will make your bathroom appear larger. Remove everything from the bathroom counter. You want the restrooms to appear empty. Towel racks with clean, nicely folded towels are appropriate. Here are a few tips for sprucing up your bathroom for listing photos:

  • Clean and declutter. This is the most important step in sprucing up your bathroom. Make sure that all surfaces are clean, including the floors, walls, countertops, and fixtures. Get rid of any clutter, such as towels, toiletries, and bath mats.
  • Replace old towels and bath mats. Old, stained towels and bath mats can make your bathroom look dated. Replace them with new, clean towels and bath mats in a neutral color.
  • Add some fresh flowers. A few fresh flowers can add a touch of life to your bathroom. Choose flowers that are in season and that will complement the décor of your bathroom.
  • Light a candle. A scented candle can add a touch of luxury to your bathroom. Choose a candle that has a light, fresh scent that won’t be overpowering.
  • Open the window. If you have a window in your bathroom, open it up to let in some natural light. This will help to brighten up the space and make it feel more inviting.
  • Take some high-quality photos. When you’re ready to take photos of your bathroom, be sure to use a good camera and take high-quality photos. This will help potential buyers get a better sense of your bathroom and its potential.

Spruce Up the Kitchen

When the kitchen counters are fully free, the kitchen appears larger, and buyers can visualize how they may use the space. Coffee makers, mixers, and decorations only serve to confuse consumers and make the kitchen appear cluttered. Remove everything from the worktops. Save a few decorative objects and clean all surface surfaces, including the appliances, kitchen sink and backsplash. Here are a few tips for sprucing up your kitchen for listing photos:

  • Clean and declutter. This is the most important step in sprucing up your kitchen. Make sure that all surfaces are clean, including the floors, walls, countertops, and appliances. Get rid of any clutter, such as dishes, pots and pans, and food.
  • Organize your cabinets and drawers. A cluttered kitchen is a turn-off for potential buyers. Take some time to organize your cabinets and drawers so that everything has a place. This will make your kitchen look more tidy and inviting.
  • Replace old appliances. Old, outdated appliances can make your kitchen look dated. If you can, replace them with new, energy-efficient appliances in a neutral color.
  • Add some fresh flowers. A few fresh flowers can add a touch of life to your kitchen. Choose flowers that are in season and that will complement the décor of your kitchen.
  • Light a candle. A scented candle can add a touch of luxury to your kitchen. Choose a candle that has a light, fresh scent that won’t be overpowering.
  • Open the window. If you have a window in your kitchen, open it up to let in some natural light. This will help to brighten up the space and make it feel more inviting.
  • Take some high-quality photos. When you’re ready to take photos of your kitchen, be sure to use a good camera and take high-quality photos. This will help potential buyers get a better sense of your kitchen and its potential.

Tidy Up the Exterior

First impressions are everything, so make sure the front yard is spotless. All of the landscaping should be groomed and neat. The outdoor front yard shot will be the first image that people see of your home. This photo must be presented in the finest possible condition to capture the buyer’s attention right away. Make sure the front and back porches are clean, and get rid of anything you don’t need. If possible, prepare these areas with flowers and ornamental things to create a welcoming environment for homebuyers. Making an enticing entrance promotes pride of ownership to potential homebuyers.

Having cars in the driveway during real estate photography is never a smart idea. Always remove any cars, trucks, RVs and trailers from the driveway and front of the house. Pro tip: Request that your neighbors take their cars off the street so that the street appears quiet and pleasant in your shots. This is especially critical when shooting with a drone. Large garbage cans and untidy lawn equipment can be quite distracting in real estate photography. Place all garbage cans, as well as garden hoses, lawnmowers and other yard maintenance gear, in the garage. Keep tiny toys and pet stuff away from the lawn as well. You don’t want the photographer to have to go through this process. It will divert their attention.

It’s time to show off that fantastic bar-b-que grill, not hide it! Covers for smokers and grills should be removed so that the cookers are exposed and ready to use. It’s better to remove or throw out an old grill that needs to be covered because it’s rusted and unattractive. Open any patio umbrellas to stage the location if it’s not too windy during your photoshoot. Set up the webpage as if you were going to enjoy it with friends later. While your photographer is in your backyard, fresh outdoor pillows and flowers will provide an appealing setting for them to showcase.

Do a Photo-Ready Walkthru

The goal on photo day should be to make your home look as spacious, clean, and inviting as possible, so declutter as much as possible. Here are some objects you might want to keep hidden before the photographer arrives:

  • Shoes in the foyer
  • Mail and documents piled up
  • Controls through remote
  • Magazines
  • Toys for children that cannot be neatly stored
  • Pet food dishes, beds, and litter boxes (transfer these temporarily to a location that will not be photographed)
  • Clutter on the front of the refrigerator (magnets, photographs, and cards)

The most significant element of the selling jigsaw is your home’s marketing. It all starts with your preparation and a fantastic photographer/videographer. If you accomplish the items on this checklist, your home will be ready before the photographer arrives. This action will allow you to maximize their time and talent. You’ve probably put in a lot of effort to get your house ready to sell. Don’t fizzle out at the end when these nuances are most important! Remember that good marketing leads to good deals!

Looking to remodel or repair your home first? Valor Home Services is happy to help. Contact our team today to get things started.