1 Clear the clutter. Entirely.
Clutter is distracting and creates a chaotic visual. When prepping for your real estate photos, you will want to eliminate all clutter, and once you’ve finished that, remove it some more. The point is when dealing with loose items in your house, you’ll need to take out not just “most” of it, but every last fridge magnet and cooking utensil should be gone from sight.
2. Remove window coverings.
Window coverings often reduce light from coming into the space. We want each room to look as bright and spacious as possible. Also, window dressings are also something of personal taste and you will want your potential buyers to have a clean slate to envision their own window dressings.
3. When in doubt, keep colours neutral.
4. Bring in some greenery.
Greenery always offers a nice touch of life into your home. Plants are a subtle way to remind viewers that the home is capable of preserving life. ha!
5. Minimize your furniture.
Extra furniture can create “blocks” in the room and prevent the eye from traveling through or block the line of sight to important fixtures. It is nice to see how furniture can be arranged within the house, but keep in mind when it comes to furniture that less is definitely more., and less furniture makes rooms look larger.
6. Keep it clean.
I know, I know. This one is so super obvious it hurts. But It was worth a shout out in the list to have a clean home for photos. This includes dusting all surfaces and a clean washroom!
7. Get furniture away from the walls.
Most people have a tendency to push large pieces of furniture right up against the walls. This actually makes spaces look smaller, so, consider pulling your furniture into the room a foot or so, if possible.
8. Edit out personal items.
Viewers enjoy having the ability to picture their own belongings in their potential future house. Try not to remind them that someone else currently lives there. Also, for the sake of your own confidentiality, you will want to remove family photos from your realty images.
9. Freshen your bulbs.
Burned out and mismatched bulbs can create a distraction in photos and present an illusion of disrepair inside your home. Make sure your bulbs are fresh and working and that they match!
10. Bake cookies.
You’ve likely already heard this does well for showing houses, but also if you feed your realtor/photographer freshly baked cookies, everyone will feel a little extra happy 😛