Think Your Listing is Photo-Ready? Check Out Our Top 12 List to Decide

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Before each shoot, we meticulously go through the home to ensure it's looking its best.

Here are the top 12 things we look for before we take photos.

Note: this is for photo-staging only! Staging for showings will be in a later post 😉

• No seasonal staging (no holiday wreaths or decor) as it shows how long home has been on market

• Blankets on chairs/ couches are typically distracting and look better removed

• Remove all personal items from the office; we do shoot the home office and statements, personal paperwork needs to be hidden completely out of sight

• We love pets! BUT all evidence of pets living there need to go (litter boxes, bowls, stairs for bed, pet toys, leashes, etc)

• Lightbulbs make a big difference!! Warm, non-flourescent bulbs look best and it does make it look cozy with lamps on

• Remove all personal photos from house; it’s difficult for prospective buyers to envision themselves in the home with your family’s photos on the wall

• Kids/ baby toys tucked away into closets

• Beds made well; pillows upright (no sad pillows)

• Closets- we don’t shoot unless it’s spectacular; if it’s a great closet, have it organized; same with garages

• Bathroom soaps all put away unless it’s a decorative bottle; towels look better put away; counter cleaned off; small rugs out of bathrooms; all perfume and makeup put away

•Magnets off refrigerators

•Remove paper towels, rugs, towels, toaster

•Fresh flowers really do look nice in the kitchen or small, potted succulents

Even Minimal Staging = Maximum Impact

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Looking to spice up a vacant home on a budget? Take a look at the way one realtor adds a few details that really work to warm up a space. A few ideas that translate great in photos and also make the house feel like a home:

• Fresh flowers

• Blankets and pillows to warm up the fireplace area

• Colorful fruit in a bowl in the kitchen (bananas, oranges, limes)

• Candles, bath bombs and rolled up towels to highlight a jetted tub

• Place settings at a kitchen bar

• Small plants and succulents on countertops

• Lamps to brighten darker spaces