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Congratulations on the purchase of your Essential plan - Great Choice! This Blog will be about preparing your home for the sale for Top Dollar and that requires Excellent Photos. We certainly all agree that Amazing photos capture emotion and that emotion sells homes (usually for top dollar)! Probably more today than ever before. In fact, I cannot remember the last time I read or was involved in a transaction that the buyer didn't say they fell in love with the home online first. With that said, how and what should you do to properly prepare for those Award-Winning, Heart Grabbing, Pro photos? Let's start with curb appeal. First thing, walk your property and create a to-do list containing items needing attention. Also, focus on a list of Pro services (lawn care, painter, handy person, etc. https://www.bthebroker.com/pro/start ) you can use help with. Keeping in mind some contractor repairs may require a Pro to repair or replace an item by local code. Also consider the fact that some items may need to be maintained as the listing goes live (lawn, cleaning, light bulbs, etc).
After you have completed your handy Pro list, go to the curb and view your home as a buyer would - pulling up in their car. Take it all in. Really try and be objective. Ask yourself, does the landscape look dialed in (well-groomed, green grass, flowers blooming), how about the siding, windows, lighting. It all matters to a buyer and the photos will convey the well-kept nature of a home. Everything will start with curb appeal. I cannot tell you how many times I have had buyers say, Wow this home looks amazing before we even got out of the car or sadly, let's keep going.
Let's move inside. Again, start with that handy Pro checklist. Methodically, walk the interior of the home trying to objectively see what you need help with: Pro interior window and home cleaning, paint, tile, handy work, etc. ( https://www.bthebroker.com/pro/start ). After the interior handy list is completed, start your walk all over again, but this time start specifically at the front door (if you didn't the first time). Look at your furniture to see if it feels oversized or if it seems to restrict the flow of your space(s). If it is, think about eliminating it with a storage unit, sell it, give it away, or try rearranging it. You want to, as a seller, to be able to clearly understand the spaces of your home and correct any objections of size or flow by eliminating those distractions or oversized items. Additionally, large furniture or too much furniture will overpower photos (very distracting). A good thing to remember with photos is that less is more.
Once you have spent the necessary time cleaning, maintaining, and correcting items necessary take one last walk through (outside and in) to make sure you nailed it. If the answer is yes, then Congratulations you prepared like a Pro for Photos. If not, that's okay, this is why we suggest a little extra time preparing to list.
My last suggestion is to think of your photos as your home’s business card, unique and memorable; something a buyer cannot and will not forget. To achieve that the aforementioned items will help you and your Pro photographer capture your home's best side. Although, it can be exhausting, put your best foot forward for each showing and success happens.
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