When selling your home, professional photos are an absolute must - for homes at every price point and in every condition. Sellers often wonder and rarely ask “how can I show my home (or “that junk room”) in the best light?”.
“The home should look as much like a hotel room as possible. Everything visible should have a purpose such as a single remote, a purposefully placed desk lamp,” explains Darryl Glade, CEO of IMOTO.
Follow a few basic recommendations to get started and download the free resources linked below for a more comprehensive checklist of things to do before your home is photographed.
First, de-clutter - clear counters and tabletops, remove excess photos and decorative objects, clear the delivery menus and children’s art from the side of your refrigerator. For a homeowner who will continue to live in their home while it is on the market, this is still possible. Keeping a few family photos displayed maintains and shows your personal connection with the home whereas a wall full of various sizes and shaped framed photos can detract from a potential buyer’s ability to envision themselves living in the home.
Second, make sure there is light - open all window coverings and turn on every light and lamp replacing any bulbs that have burned out. If you need extra lighting, borrow a lamp from another room.
In simplest terms, pretend you are hosting the Royal family following the upcoming wedding of the year - make every bed, clean everything - including your windows, make sure art is hanging level, fluff pillows, and don’t forget to make sure your exterior is as inviting. Make sure your lawn is freshly cut and if any plants didn’t survive this winter, have them replaced!
When in doubt, contact us at Engel & Völkers New Orleans and let one of our expert Real Estate Advisors assist you in navigating this process and, when appropriate, connecting you with local resources and vendors who can provide support for the most challenging of issues (such as planting a few new blooming items in planters, or handling some minor work around the home such as tightening cabinet pulls or replacing lights in those super high ceilings to pressure washing your home). We have a vast network of contractors and service providers to help make your home camera-ready!
Additional Resources, courtesy of IMOTO. IMOTO is a locally-owned professional photography and real estate marketing company that offers the highest quality HDR photography on the market along with a suite of additional products including virtual tours and videos.
You can also check out their website to see examples of what quality home photos look like.