Absolutely! I love shooting homes that aren’t perfectly updated. Ok, yes, my portfolio does showcase some gorgeous homes, but I absolutely shoot all types.
While some are more challenging than others, it's quite rewarding to make less updated homes shine and showing off their best features. Sometimes owners or agents have lived in or worked with a home for so long, it’s hard to see past a property’s flaws. I truly love real estate and homes, so when I arrive with a fresh eye on things, all your hard work put in tidying up pays dividends!
One thing real estate investors all know is that if a listing has terrible photographs, they are much more likely to get a good deal on a property.
The goal is to create a neutral environment where the buyer imagine themselves in the home
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Tidy up! It’s a good deal of hard work but is the single most beneficial part of preparing. Absolutely nothing will photograph well if there is clutter all around.
Always remove as many personal items as possible. The goal is to create a neutral environment where the buyer imagines themselves in the home, not where the buyer is thinking about who currently lives there.
Remove cleaning product and anything related to bodily functions! That includes paper towels, tissues, toilet paper, toothbrushes, used soaps, kitchen sponges, close toilet lids, etc. We don’t want to remind viewers of the less pleasant aspects of life!
Selling, buying and moving are extremely tumultuous events in people’s already busy lives. Especially if there are children involved! If it’s possible, store extra furniture away in garages, attics or closets.
Keep in mind, we are selling the house, not the things in it. Too much furniture will make a space feel smaller than it is. Homes that photograph the best have pared down to the bare minimum. If there is too much stuff, it will detract from the nice features or potential of a home.