Step Back and Take a Long Hard Look
Prepping for the photo shoot isn’t just about removing the clutter, it is also about creating the ambience you want your buyer to see and feel. Check the pictures on the walls, and take down any that you don’t want people to see including personal photos that could identify you in the listing. Consider placing some fresh flowers in a vase, or adding a centerpiece to the dining room table. And after hiding everything in closets and drawers, be sure to close those closet doors and cabinet drawers. Just remember, you don’t want buyers to be focused on things like a dirty hairbrush in the bathroom, or a stack of dirty dishes in the kitchen—once the buyer has seen it, they cannot unsee it.
Don’t Forget the Exterior of the Property
Remember that good photos and video of your property should include exterior views as well. That means relocating the cars out of the driveway, and removing the garbage cans. Hide the bikes, the garden tools, and the hoses. Put away any pots or planters that don’t add beauty to the property. If there is a pool, make sure it looks its best—clean, without the pool toys, and with all the outdoor furniture looking nice. Think about the importance of curb appeal—start at the curb, walk the property, and make sure what you see is what you want your buyer to see. That also means removing any “for sale” signs, just until the photo shoot is complete.
Preparing for Drone Photography and Videography
If you choose to have aerial drone photos or videos, make sure the entire area looks the way you want it to look. Are there any pieces of old furniture hiding behind a fence? A Frisbee that the kids lost on the roof? Any missing shingles that you can’t see from the ground? Remember: Proper preparation leads to perfect pictures!
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