Is Your House Ready For Its Photo Shoot?

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Real Estate Broker 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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Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker- Licensed in Virginia, GRI, SFR, Northern Virginia Short Sale Specialist. Affiliated with Long & Foster, 7526 Limestone Drive, Gainesville, VA 20155.  To contact Chris Ann, call 703-402-0037 or email chrisann@LNF.com.  Or you can visit her website:  www.nvarealestate.net.

Header photos taken by Chris Ann Cleland.

The opinions expressed in this post are those of Chris Ann Cleland, not those of Long & Foster REALTORS®.

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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
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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.

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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. 

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

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Beverly:  They want to see the house, not the stuff.

Sharon:  Thousands of dollars.

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