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3 Important Things for Preparing Your Home For Real Estate Photography

Updated: 2 days ago

The sale of your home presents one of the biggest ways you can increase your wealth than almost any other investment. Want to know more about how you can get the most out of your investment without spending a load of money? Read on.

Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Presentation, Presentation, Presentation

When you look at your home, what’s the first impression you get? Do you say, “Ahh,” and have a peaceful feeling flow over you? If not, here’s some advice to get you there and top dollar.   We derive peace from order, harmony, cleanliness, and beauty. Therefore, here are some steps to take to get your home ready for the big day.

Exterior Antique AirBnB Home that created order, harmony, clelaniness, and beauty for real estate photography.
Here's a 100-year-old house that has seen better days, yet, the owner has successfully created order, harmony, cleanliness, and beauty

1.  Declutter

There is nothing that will spoil your presentation more than clutter. First, make both the interior and exterior as clear as possible, so it can show how wide your space is. For outside, make sure any unsightly features are out of sight such as rakes, trash bins, lawn toys, and wrap hoses. For the interior, remove any eyesore cords, and wires, and put away toys, and pet products. Clearing the kitchen counters of small appliances and tucking away your bathroom items. Removing any unnecessary furniture, décor, and personal items. Just keep in mind, that less is more.

Interior photograph of a clean AirBnb Home in Yakima, WA that look clean.
An example of a clean living room that has only the necessary furniture and decor

2. Clean the house

Clean every room in the house and make it shine. If a garage or a workshop needs to be photographed, remember to clean this area too. For the exterior, we recommend to show the beauty of your landscape by mowing grass, tidying up your yard, and sweeping porches or decks.

A dining room of an AirBnB in Yakima Valley, WA that looks organize and clean for real estate photography.
An example of a dining room that looks organize and clean

3. Prepare windows and light

You can make your home look bigger and brighter by preparing windows and lights. Make sure that all windows are clean, and all curtains, shades, and blinds are open before photo shooting. Lighting can add beauty to your home. Making sure that all light bulbs work.  Cool light makes a room whiter and brighter and is good for a small bathroom or kitchen.  Adding artificial lighting to the area or room with no natural light can help as well.

a bedroom that has light on and curtain opened for real estate photography.
An example of a bedroom that has lights on and curtains open for a photo shooting

Presenting the best of your home can help you sell faster and for more money. According to RubyHome, 2024, listings that include professional real estate photography can sell 32% faster, and listings with pro-quality listing images close between $934 and $116,076 higher than comparable listings with low-quality photography. 

Need Help? Get In Touch!

Are you selling a home and need a professional photographer?  We are professional real estate photographers based in Yakima, WA, and here to help. We can make your property stand out above others., and offer services of removing items, replacing the sky, or adding green grass in the editing process. Check our website below:

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