Prepping Your Home For Sale So That Your Listing Photos POP

Prepping Your Home For Sale So That Your Listing Photos POP

Prepping your home for sale has many components, professional photos being one of them.  When considering selling a home, you want the photo to compel the potential buyers to like what they see so much (online) that it creates the desire to see the home in person.  While some of us enjoy many aspects home-shopping, we have to remember...some do not enjoy the process at all, and looking at yet another home is the last thing they may want to do at the time.  Making the most of the features that you have and following your Realtors pre-listing check-lists can ultimately help you sell your home quickly...and for top dollar.  Below are a few of my favorite photographer's tips to ensure you get the very best exposure and quality out of your Real-Estate photo shoot.  



Below are some great tips from my own professional Real Estate Photographers in DFW-Home Snappers:

Prepping your home to MAXIMIZE photo potential! GENERAL -

Tips for all areas in the home

Thoroughly clean whole house (vacuum carpet, mop hard floors, clean countertops, clean windows) Turn all overhead lights and lamps ON

Replace all burned out light bulbs

Use bulbs of the same temperature (ALL incandescent or ALL compact fluorescent) Turn all ceiling fans 0 FF

Turn all TVs OFF

Turn all computer screens OFF

Open blinds/window treatments to let in outside light

Make all beds

Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring

Place all shoes/jackets in closets

EXTERIOR - Creating an online "curb appeal" and a relaxing oasis

Front Exterior - The front exterior is usually the first photo buyers see

Close garage doors

Remove cars from driveway and front of home

Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves)

Remove empty planters

Use broom to remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames

Remove visible water hoses

Remove toys, sports balls, basketball goals, soccer goals, etc.

Back Yard - The back yard should be an oasis to relax Clean porch, tidy up outdoor tables/chairs/cushions Pillows/cushions should be fresh, not faded

Clear out kid's toys, balls, frisbees, etc. Turn on pool fountains/water features

Remove visible water hoses

Remove trash cans


Kitchen - Sometimes the focal point, the kitchen deserves attention to detail Clear countertops completely. No knife blocks, baking supplies, mail, etc. Leave out max of one small appliance (ex. coffee maker)

Clear outside of refrigerator of magnets, papers, photos, etc. Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet

Remove dishes from sink, place in dishwasher

Dining Room / Table - Allow buyers to imagine a nice family meal

Clear table, dust and polish the table top

Use decorative place setting if available

Feature one center piece such as a bouquet of flowers

Straighten all chairs and space them evenly

Remove child seats/booster chairs

Living / Family Room - The space to enjoy conversation and spend quality time with family

Remove stacks of magazines, papers, mail, etc.

De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth (no more than 5 items, including art)

Fluff and arrange furniture pillows

Remove kid's toys

Bedrooms - Rest for you and guests

Master Bedroom - A good night’s rest recharges the body and mind

Make bed, including decorative pillows/shams if available

Press bed linens and bed skirts

Clear nightstands of all personal items

Remove all clutter from top of dressers

Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos

Kid/Guest Bedroom - Don't forget about guest bedrooms

Remove personalized names from walls

Remove wall stickers/posters

Remove diaper genies

Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos

Bathrooms - To be spa-like, the bathroom must be clear of all personal items Clear countertops completely. No soap, toothbrushes, medications, deodorant, etc. Put toilet seats down

Close closet doors

Remove shampoo, soap, loofahs, etc. from showers and tubs

Remove dirty towels - leave out only new, unused towels

Remove floor mats

Pets - Pets are loving, but their presence should be minimized

Place food and water bowls in pantry or closet

Place pet beds/toys in pantry or closet

Use lint roller on furniture to remove pet hair

Contain pets in hidden crate or outside

Clear back yard of pet waste/toys

Feel free to contact me if you're considering selling a home in North Texas.  I would be happy to do a no-obligation walk-through with you to make sure you get top dollar for your home!  Contact me today to set an appointment by calling 214.901.1314.

Amy S. Arey, Realtor | Halo Group Realty | 214.901.1341-Cell |


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