Suzanne Plewes, RE/MAX Alliance

Suzanne Plewes, RE/MAX Alliance

LOVELAND – A large percentage of home buyers start their search online. This means that most potential buyers will make judgments about your home without ever seeing it in-person. It is therefore important that you make your home look as nice as possible in your listings photos. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for that photo session.

Clear off kitchen surfaces

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home. To make your kitchen appear larger and cleaner, here are a few things that you can do. Countertop space is important to home buyers, so clear off the countertops. You may leave a few decorative items, but leaving a lot of open space will definitely help. Additionally, remove all refrigerator magnets.
Clear out the bathroom

The bathroom is another space that is extremely important to home buyers. For photos, you should clear off bathroom countertops as well. Also remove bath towels that may be hanging and hampers or other items that may be taking up space in the room.

Make the beds

When potential buyers view pictures of your bedroom, you want them to focus on the space and other benefits of the room. Remove distractions such as an unmade bed, laundry, or other items. You may also want to temporarily remove certain furnishings (such as hampers and extra furniture) for the photos.

Hide storage items

For both outdoor and indoor photos, it is best not to show any storage items (unless you are showing a room specifically designated for storage). For example, don’t leave visible boxes in rooms. In the yard, move trash barrels out of the way before taking pictures.

Why preparing for listing photos is important

Listing photos are meant to show the best features of your home. Some items can present a distraction or make a home look cramped. As you go from room to room to take photos, it’s always best to move things out (even if just temporarily) or clean things up to present your home in the best possible light.

Suzanne Plewes is a Broker Associate at RE/MAX Alliance in Loveland. If you have questions regarding real estate, please write to 750 W. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, CO 80537, call 970.290.0373 or e-mail suzanneplewes@remax.net.