Staging your home before photos are taken is very important. When I arrive at a real estate shoot, I first tour all rooms and make changes as needed. Here are some things that I look for.
- All rooms: Open Blinds. Turn on lights. De-clutter. Remove pet bowls, beds etc. Turn off ceiling fans. Turn off TV’s and computer monitors. Clear coat hooks and shoe storage.
- Living/Family Rooms: Straighten cushions and fluff pillows.
- Kitchen: Clear counters. Remove refrigerator magnets, pictures, etc. Remove towels from stoves, cabinet handles, etc.
- Bedrooms: Make beds and smooth bed covers. Fluff and arrange pillows.
- Bathrooms: Put toilet seats down. Clear sinks and back of toilets. Remove soap dishes, toothbrush holders and any other non-decorative items.
- Outdoors: Remove toys, yard tools, garden materials, etc. Remove seasonal decorations. Clear drive way. Move garbage cans. Pick up dog poop.
This may seem like a lot of work, but trust me, it will pay off. Do you have other suggestions? Please share them in the comments. For more ideas on staging, see this article on Moving.com. https://www.moving.com/tips/10-best-home-staging-tips/