Is Your House Ready For Its Photo Shoot?

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Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA VA License # 0225089470

Is Your House Ready For Its Photo Shoot?

Family portraits.  There's nothing quite like them.  I haven't been in a family portrait for years, but I remember the stress Mom had on potrait day.  Making sure each of us was dressed in our best outfits. Things neatly pressed.  No one clashing with another.  Hair just so.  It was a production.  That was the production for the photo that was going to hang on the wall of our home and possibly go out in Christmas cards that year.  I can't imagine any of us showing up a shirt partially untucked, a smear of food on the side of our mouths, or hair out of place.  We put our best foot forward. 

When listing your home for sale, it's important to do the same thing.  Put its best foot forward.  Make sure the house is clean, drapes and blinds are open, kitchen sink is empty and that beds are made.  These photos are going to be the first impression your house makes on Buyers as they surf the Internet, looking for a place to call home.

What goes for inside photos goes double for outside photos.  The exterior shot is the first one Buyers see.  Did you mow the lawn?  Freshen up the mulch beds and pull the weeds?  Are the cars pulled out of the driveway?  Do you have any flowers to brighten up the area around the front door?  This is the money shot.  Put in some elbow grease and show the Buyers out there how beautiful and inviting your home is.   

 

 

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  1. Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528 05/05/2011 11:39 PM
  2. Lyn Sims 05/08/2011 03:10 PM
  3. Ellie McIntire 05/08/2011 04:01 PM
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Rainmaker
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Belinda Spillman
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Chris,  Those are great photos.  The front almost looks like a painting.

Thanks so much for featuring my post in the group.  I love your group.  So why doesn't the AR staff pick more of my post to feature???  I don't get it.  Oh well, such is life.

May 05, 2011 10:07 PM #8
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Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL
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Chris Ann - Spot On!  Most of the time photos are the FIRST impression, when a buyer decides whether or not they want to see the home.

May 05, 2011 10:38 PM #9
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Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
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Right on!  You only get one chance for that great first impression.  DOn't waste it.

May 05, 2011 11:40 PM #10
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Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
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Too many sellers get so far ahead of themselves when they want to sell. Slow down and do it right.  Great advice, Chris Ann.

May 05, 2011 11:43 PM #11
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Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Long Island NY Real Estate Agent - Lindenhurst, NY
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Hi Chris Ann, great photos tell a story. And so do bad ones. Always good to keep this in mind.

May 06, 2011 06:40 AM #12
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
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Kathy:  First impressions are rarely IN the home anymore. It's all online.

Hannah:  Thanks.

Nancy:  And of course, when they do see it live, it should look as good as the photos.

Judy:  I know that we agents are guilty of skipping past a listing if it doesn't have a good presence in photos.  And I'll never understand the agents that don't provide ANY photos.

Michael:  It just cracks me up how many times someone would want to gussy themselves up to even be in a snapshot, but they think nothing of leaving stuff lying all around the house when the agent comes to take photos.

May 06, 2011 05:15 PM #13
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Pat:  Can't tell you how many times I've moved a pile of junk from out of the shot.  Sellers will look at me and wonder why.  I don't want the online buyers to get that junky first impression.

Chris:  It's hard, but if you do it right, it doesn't take so long to market the property and the days of making the bed and cleaning out the sink are behind you.

Belinda:  I don't know how the feature thing works.  I used to get a feature now and then.  And somehow, lately, I'm on a roll.  And please know, anytime I feature in my group, I suggest it to AR.

Michelle:  I think some clutter can be overlooked once inside the home in all honesty.  Those photos are crucial though.

Leah:  Amen.  I know that Buyers can see beyond boxes once they are in the house, but it makes a bad impression when they first view the photos.

May 06, 2011 05:19 PM #14
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Don:  Taking the time to get the prep work done is great if they can afford to take the time to do it.

Jackie:  That's right.  I remember the worst listing I ever had.  There was so much crap everywhere that I didn't even bother to move anything out of the picture...and that was after the owners had cleaned.  And the house never sold.

May 06, 2011 05:21 PM #15
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The good thing about dressing up the house for the photo shoot is that it can’t talk back to you!

May 07, 2011 11:16 PM #16
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Chris Ann, I included this post in Last Week's Favorites. 

May 08, 2011 11:45 AM #17
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Russel:  Or squirm or fidget like we did as kids when Mom was getting us ready for the family potrait.

Pat:  Thanks.  I appreciate that.

May 08, 2011 02:55 PM #18
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Lyn Sims
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Great post Chris Ann, I remember getting ready for those photos very well. It takes a little planning to make a good first impression.

May 08, 2011 03:05 PM #19
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Lyn:  Planning, cleaning and in general, spiffing the place up.

May 08, 2011 03:18 PM #20
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Great reminder.

May 08, 2011 03:56 PM #21
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Ellie:  You should see Lyn Simm's reblog.  She included a photo of a kitchen that looks like a bomb went off.

May 08, 2011 03:57 PM #22
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Rob Kittle
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This is true Chris Ann, especially nowadays buyers search homes from their computers and the presentation of the homes in it's photo will give them the impression on what the house will look like if they will visit or contact the agent for viewing. Thank you for a great article!

May 09, 2011 12:02 PM #23
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Rob:  Photos are very important...so the house being in it's best shape for them is a given to an agent.

May 09, 2011 12:09 PM #24
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Beverly Femia
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Like you, I've spent hours moving stuff to get the best photos.  Even a little too much stuff can ruin a short and affect a buyer's perception of a property they've never seen. 

May 10, 2011 08:38 AM #25
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Sharon Sein
Sein Organizing Solutions & Home Staging - Feasterville Trevose, PA

A picture is worth a thousand words, or is it thousands of dollars?

May 10, 2011 12:08 PM #26
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Beverly:  They want to see the house, not the stuff.

Sharon:  Thousands of dollars.

May 10, 2011 01:38 PM #27
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