You're all set. You've read 12 Tips For Getting Your Home Ready To Sell and you think you're ready to get your house on the market. Put the brakes on. Are you sure you aren't quickly dismissing the next Very Important puzzle piece? Yep, I'm talking about photography.
I'm sure by now, you've already started looking at houses online (hopefully on this site) to see what's out there.
Did you know: 42% of buyers say the first step in the home buying process is looking online. 92% used the internet in some way in their home search process
What this says is that most people are not looking at homes through traditional media sources; they're headed online. You get one chance to capture a buyers attention. Most won't make it past the 4th or 5th photo in your listing. A cluttered house or poor quality photos aren't going to help you; it'll actually hurt you!
A little staging goes a long way. To make the most of your professional photos, it is important to use these tips to prepare for your photo shoot:
All Living Areas
Put away personal items such as family photographs
Open the blinds, make sure all light bulbs are in working order
Remove evidence of pets such as food bowls, dog beds and toys
Conceal cords if possible
Remove door mats and other small throw rugs
Straighten tables and chairs, arrange cushions and pillows