As I walk up the street, I see a beautiful house with the perfect definition of curb appeal and to my surprise there is a For Sale sign out front!
I eagerly walk in the front door and see the floor plan I was hoping for. Such an inviting living room with a fireplace tucked away to one side, the arching ceilings and one stained glass window to each side of the fireplace. I continue on my journey through what I am now calling my dream home and walk into this amazing kitchen with butcher block countertops and a farmhouse sink. There are so many other touches in this house that make me keep pinching myself. The bathroom with the teal subway tiles, the original hardwood floors provide unparalleled character throughout the 1924 beach bungalow. I quickly grab my phone call my agent and schedule a time to see this home in person. The listing photos and walk through video made me feel like I was there.
After my agent and I finished writing my offer they told me I wasn’t the only one that felt this way the pictures truly sparked a lot of interest in this house, I was so emotionally invested in this home by the time I saw it in person I couldn’t imagine it not being mine now that I had walked through the doors. There were other homes nearby same layout and square footage but none that captured my heart from the first click. I like many others shop online and if the pictures do not capture my attention I am quick to move on to the next one that does.
I am not unlike most other shoppers looking for their new home, in fact according to the National Association of Realtors in 2018 44% of home buyers shopped online first. In that same article it states that 87% of the people shopping online found the most important source in the online shopping were those photos.
When you go to sell your home you want to help your agent and photographer capture the very best pictures, here are a few tips to help you accomplish this.
- Declutter- This doesn’t mean just tidy up it means as harsh as this sounds treat this as the house you are departing from not the home that you have made. Remove personal photos from the wall and shelves just leave non personal decorative touches
- Remember you are helping someone else be able to see this as their new home and the pictures are most likely going to be their first impression
- Clear out the bathroom: Bathrooms are a top interest to potential buyers, so remove all day to day products from view
- Check all of your lights and light bulbs are working
- Clean the vents and fans, no one wants to see a layer of dust on the fan blades.
- Take the pets out of the house for the pictures and put away their personal toys, food bowls, etc.
- Clean the windows and open the drapes let in as much natural light as possible.
- Curb appeal is so important, make sure the yard areas and front of the house are cleaned up. No animal messes, grass is cut and weeds are pulled.
- Consider hiring a professional stager. This is what they do for a living trust them they are the experts
- Look at agents pictures of previous listing when you are interviewing an agent to list your home.