Realtors: Don't take those MLS photos!!!

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Home Stager with Ambiance Staging

....until after we've finished staging the property!  We just finished staging a home out in Longmont last week for a super sweet couple that is being re-located back to California.  They were some of the most organized people I'd met, but they still had the normal 'clutter' that is LIFE! 

We met with them for 2 hours initially, then prepared the staging report which contains the recommendations for them to implement in the coming week, and scheduled to come back a week later to spend a 1/2 day staging to complete the finishing touches.  We rented them a few items: a coffee and 2 side tables, a few lamps and lots of artwork silks, and florals. 

My partner Mary and I had a lot of fun working on this home, getting all of the final touches 'just so'! The transformation was nothing short of amazing!

So today I was excited to go online to check up on the home.  One reason is because I often send other Realtor's the MLS numbers of our 'current listings' to show our volume and range of styles.  But I was shocked to see that the photos had been taken BEFORE we had the chance to stage!!

 

This is what I saw...
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This is what I should have seen!home staging boulder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 before staging bathroom

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I was relieved to find that the "Visual Tour" of the home was taken after the staging was complete! 

Lesson learned?  Always take photos for the MLS and internet AFTER the staging is complete.  As we say in the staging business, "You never get a second chance to make a First Impression!"  How many potential buyers might have overlooked this property because it did not appeal to them?  With the number of buyers searching the internet before viewing properties (over 90% in Colorado according to the latest stats), it is more critical than ever to make that first impression count. 

Thinking of selling your home?  Call Ambiance Staging to make your First Impression counts! "We Don't Sell Homes, We Make Homes Sell!"  Proudly serving Boulder County.  Call (303) 544-6005 or visit our website at http://ambiance-staging.com  Need Real Estate photography Listing Tour services?  Call us!  All of the "after photos" you see above are provided by Ambiance Staging!

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Kathleen Garvey
Denver's Neighborhood Expert - Listings & Sales
Coldwell Banker
Thank you for the heads up.  One question-do you charge extra for giving the REA the photos you take?  (I am particular about the finished photos....lighting can make or break the scene.) Or is that service included in your fee? I too I do not like when people even see a project have completed....drives me batty!!  Good job with the details!!  Regards-Kathleen
July 22, 2007 09:03 AM
Rainer
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Juliet Johnson
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Vizzitopia
Beautiful job. Well done.
July 22, 2007 11:22 AM
Rainer
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Lori Hakeem Oxley
Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.
Huge difference!  The kitchen just looks like it needed to be decluttered and straightened up.  As an agent, I always try to get this right...it's basic.  The agent should be able to change the photos (at least we can in FL).
July 22, 2007 08:59 PM
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Honestly, I can Not believe the amount of "crap" I see on MLS and in our weekly Real Estate paper. I think the worst one lately, was a picture of a ceiling fan. YEP the ONE and ONLY picture, a fan. I emailed the listing Realtor my newsletter immediately.

I feel sorry for the clients that have slacking Realtors.

July 26, 2007 10:31 AM
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Cindy Lin
Staged4more Home Staging & Redesigns // EcoJoe

wow, proper lighting really makes the sofa pops! de-cluttering makes a huge difference in the kitchen. also removing the plates also helps to be less distracting.

cheers,

cindy 

July 26, 2007 11:07 PM
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