Well, congratulations. You’ve made it this far, so it’s safe to assume you’re thinking about or are already in the process of selling your home. A big step, no doubt, but an exciting one! However, there’s something we need to discuss. Preparing your home to sell!
Along the journey of selling a home there are dozens, if not hundreds, if not thousands of little details to consider. Everything from layout to throw-out, spruce up to give up - we get it, because we’ve been there! But of all the details to ponder, ponder this: can you discard what you know and love about your home in order to provide a fresh, neutral, and attractive perspective? Is preparing your home to sell in your blood? Can you prep your property properly for professional photography?
Buyers spend 60% of their time looking at listing photos, with only fractions of that time looking at the listing description or the agent description. What does that mean? That means how you present your home is more important than what’s actually in it!
So, we’re going to give you tried and true advice on preparing your home to sell - specifically for maximizing the use of real estate photography - which will undoubtedly enhance your selling experience.
Preparing Your Home To Sell Tip No. 1 - Deep De-Clutter
And we mean deep. Look around at each countertop surface, if you can’t see and easily wipe down over 90 percent of the counter - it’s too busy for pictures! All the little things you probably don’t even notice anymore (the coffee machine, the spices, the napkin holder, etc) have got to go. Pictures need to be excessively clean and crisp or else you will muddy the viewer’s sightline and make it less appealing to continue.
Preparing Your Home To Sell Tip No. 2 - Fresh Paint
Fresh paint can go a long, long way. Your walls have been that pale-yellow for 18 years, and you’re used to it. But the buyer shopping online only sees an out of date house. Sharp paint-lines and clear, fresh coats absolutely show up in hi-resolution images and it will make the buyer continue to scroll through your images.
Preparing Your Home To Sell Tip No. 3 - Depersonalize