Tuesday, May 2, 2023 / by Blair Hayes
If you have ever looked at a home for sale online, one thing you may notice are the exceptional pictures of the home and how they can really make or break the listing. Good photos are supposed to highlight all the best features of a home, liven and brighten the space and make it feel warm and inviting. The home should also appear clean and tidy and compel you to view it in person. On the other hand, poorly shot photos of a cluttered space that aren’t well-lit can deter potential buyers by making the home appear unkempt, stuffy and lackluster.
Being that most buyers turn to the Internet to search for homes, 97% of them in fact*, pictures are oftentimes a buyer’s first impression of your home. Thus, good pictures are absolutely imperative to your listing because they can either bring interest to your home or push it away. If you have very few or very limited photos of your home, that can also negatively impact how much interest that listing generates and thus, decrease the likelihood of it selling in an appropriate time frame as defined by you and your agent.
How do you get ready for photos when selling your home? Simply put, deep clean, declutter and depersonalize your home. For more detail on those things, please refer to this article: Home Selling Tips. There may also be other home improvements you can make that your real estate agent can recommend, such as adding fresh paint.
Written by Blair Hayes, REALTOR®
*Source: National Association of REALTORS®; https://www.nar.realtor/research-and-statistics/research-reports/real-estate-in-a-digital-age.