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Copperas Cove, Texas
REALTOR® LIC#518970
254-681-5501
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Professional Real Estate Photography Sells!

I am also a professional real estate photographer, I have another website for my photography, www.realm360.com . Feel free to look at my work and what kind of photos I can take to market your home.

According to the National Association of REALTORS® 2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, over 92% of potential buyers are looking at listings online before physically visiting a property. Almost as staggering, 88% of those buyers want to see professional quality photos with each listing. Thus, conventional wisdom may indicate that online listings with attractive, professional photos will garner a lot of attention.

Homes photographed by a professional garner 61 percent more online views.

  • Online searching and browsing is such a critical part of the home-buying process
  • Across all price ranges, homes with professional photos sold faster
  • When the typical buyer looks at an online listing, the first thing they do is look at the photo
  • ✓ Even in the best of markets, advertising your home with professional photos is essential.
  • ✓ More than ever, your home must stand out from the crowd.
  • ✓ If you’re selling your home, be sure you have professional photos to ensure an ideal home selling process.

Getting your home ready for the Professional Photography.

 

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, 92% of homebuyers begin their home search online. Online photos provide potential buyers with an idea of the size, layout, and condition of a house without them having to set foot inside. Professional and attractive photos increase the likelihood that a potential buyer will decide to schedule an appointment to tour a home in person.

If you are getting ready to sell your home, preparing for real estate photos will take some work, so give yourself enough time to get your home picture perfect. Below are some general preparation guidelines and room specific tips to help jumpstart your efforts.  

General Guidelines For Real Estate Photos

The key take-away when prepping for real estate photos is that less is more. It is always best to clear the clutter out of every room because a clean space makes rooms look larger. In addition, it may be hard for a buyer to picture himself or herself living in your home if too many personal photos and knick-knacks are on display. The goal is to create generic, but pleasing rooms that a potential buyer will find attractive and inviting. 

You also want to get rid of the grime. It’s important that all areas are thoroughly cleaned in order to remove hard water build-up, dirt or anything else that might be visible. You want to make sure that windows are spotless; they should be washed to get rid of fingerprints or other marks.

Last, you want to let in the light! Prior to the photo session, you want to turn on all the lights and make sure that all light bulbs, both inside and outside, are in working order. You should also raise all window shades/blinds and hang them at the same length and in the same direction.

Room Specific Guidelines

Kitchen

  • Clear as much as possible off counters including food, dish racks, cutting boards, and small appliances
  • Put away any dishes in the sink
  • Remove fridge magnets and other items off the fridge
  • Remove dish liquids, dish towels, and cleaning products as well as garbage bins, brooms, and mops
  • If possible, put out a bowl of fresh fruit or a vase of fresh flowers on the kitchen table or countertop

Bathrooms

  • Clear off the countertops including toothbrushes, soaps, razors, lotions, and beauty products
  • Remove garbage cans, bath mats, scales, spare toilet rolls, and toilet brushes
  • Remove shampoo and other products from the shower/tub area
  • Clean tub area and leave the show curtain open
  • Close toilet lid
  • Put out fresh towels neatly folded on towel bars

Bedrooms

  • Clear away clothes, shoes, laundry baskets, and make sure that nothing shows under the bed
  • Remove items from bedside tables, including books, magazines, and jewelry
  • Put away stuffed animals and excess toys
  • Remove portable fans, heaters, and waste baskets
  • Make the bed with a nice bedspread and fluffy pillows at the head of the bed

Dining Room

  • Arrange chairs neatly around the table
  • Add a nice centerpiece such as a bowl of fresh fruit or a floral arrangement

Living/Family Rooms 

  • Remove piles of newspapers and magazines
  • Put away all TV/stereo remotes
  • Remove excess knick-knacks and clutter
  • Conceal all electric cords as best you can

Exterior

  • Keep lawn mowed and trim trees/overgrown shrubs
  • Rake up any leaves
  • Sweep porch and sidewalks
  • Remove all garden tools including hoses and sprinklers and store them neatly in garage or storage area
  • Put away children’s bikes and toys
  • Move garbage and recycling bins out of sight
  • If you have outdoor furniture, wipe it down and make sure that cushions look clean and nice

Final Touches
 

Now that you’ve cleaned, de-cluttered, and tidied up, there are just a couple last to-do’s. On the day of the photo session, turn off any ceiling fans and televisions. If you have a pet, it’s important to have them out of the way when the photos are taken.  Last, move any cars out of the driveway and do not park them in front of the home. You are selling your home, not your car! Exterior shots are very important and will make an initial impression on potential buyers. 

Taking the time to prep your house for photos will go a long way. If you can do the tasks noted on this list, you are going to get much better images and a lot more views by potential buyers. This, in turn, will hopefully get your home sold quicker and for more money.

 


David Hall, REALTOR® | 254-681-5501 | Contact Me
202 S. 1st Street - Copperas Cove, TX 76522
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