MAKE THE FIRST IMPRESSION COUNT

The majority of home buyers begin their search online. It is imperative that your property looks clean and inviting. 

So, your agent has scheduled a professional photo shoot... 

Follow these tips to make your home look its very best. This is the best way to make your home sell quickly and maximize the sale price.

 

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Exterior

  • Move vehicles from driveway and away from the front of home.
  • Place trash bins inside garage or out of sight.
  • Clean windows and mirrors.
  • Mow and landscape yard.
  • Put away toys and bikes.
  • Make sure ALL exterior lights work. 
  • Clean and arrange outside furniture to highlight outside living areas.
  • Sweep or spray off driveway, sidewalks, decks, and patios.
  • Remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames.
  • Remove visible water hoses.
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Kitchen

  • Remove everything hanging on refrigerator.
  • Remove items above cabinets.
  • Clear counter tops of any small appliances and clutter.
  • Clear sink of cleaning supplies and dishes.
  • Clean appliances.
  • Hide trashcan.
 

Bedrooms

  • Make sure all beds are made and rooms are cleaned.
  • Remove any personal items from view.
  • Remove items from bedside table top.
  • Remove items under bed that may show in photos.
  • Close closet doors.
 

Bathrooms

  • Close all toilet seat lids.
  • Remove all personal hygiene products from showers and sinks.
  • Clean mirrors and counter tops. 
  • Check towel racks. Only use clean, folded towels.
  • Hide cleaning brushes and trashcan. 
  • Use full rolls of toilet paper. 
 

General

  • Turn all ceiling fans OFF. They will create a motion blur in your photos.
  • Turn all inside and outside lights ON, including overhead lights and lamps. 
  • Make sure all lamp shades are straight.
  • Hide cables and cords.
  • Check all fixtures for burned out bulbs and replace broken ones. 
  • Open all drapes and blinds.
  • Open doors between rooms to give an open feeling when possible. 
  • Place all pets in a comfortable room that will not be photographed, such as the laundry room or basement. 
  • Remove all evidence of pets including water and food bowls, beds, and toys.
  • Use lint roller on furniture to remove pet hair.
  • Remove floor mats and small rugs, especially on tile and wood floors.
  • Remove family photos, personal collections, and posters.
  • Remove small appliances, toys, magazines, and medications.
  • Place all shoes and jackets in closets. 
  • Rearrange furniture to maximize space.
  • Remove excess and over sized furniture, including exercise equipment.