Things To Do Before Your Photography Appointment

Prior to your photography appointment or even before your initial valuation it is crucial that you look at your property with an objective eye. Imagine you are a viewer walking into your own home for the first time. Stand at the door of every room in your house, take a walk around the garden and through the front door. What can you see? Is there anything you would move if it were someone else’s house? If you saw the property online what would your feedback be? Perhaps you could ask an opinionated friend for their suggestions too. Do you think you could make it look more attractive? Remember, the first impressions of your home are extremely important in securing a sale. How you present your property for your photography directly affects the quality and presentation of your marketing.

You only have one chance to make that first impression so getting this part right is vital.

A lasting impression is created from that initial photograph your viewer sees online to the impact the property has on the viewer walking through your door for the very first time.

Check out our 3 ‘D’s’ to achieving a top price:

1. Declutter
Less is definitely more when it comes to selling your home. Remove all the excess stuff that has accumulated in every nook and cranny and pack up everything that isn’t essential. Put it in storage or give it to a friend. Remove any bulky furniture that makes the room feel small and consider replacing it with smaller furniture. People need to be able to envisage what the property would look like if they were living there and they often find this difficult, so make it easy for them to see all the fantastic living space you’re offering them.

2. Deep Clean
Dirty homes and bad smells are a big turn off for prospective buyers. A clean fresh smelling home makes your home more inviting. Clean everything until it sparkles and banish those smells for good. Pay particular attention to cleaning your kitchen and bathroom as buyers tend to notice these areas the most. Shine your sinks, remove any grease or food off your oven, extractors and hobs and hide your bins. Clean or re-Grout your tiles, get rid of any limescale, or reseal the bath. Steam clean your carpets or consider replacing if they are stained or tatty. Banish the smells, don’t just cover them up, fix the source by clearing any drains, opening windows, air out the kitchen from old cooking smells, change your sheets and remove smoky smelling furniture. Good smells can make your property more alluring to buyers. Whilst it might be impractical to bake fresh bread, cakes or brownies for every viewer that visits your home, you could perhaps brew some fresh coffee.

3. DIY
Giving your walls and front door a new coat of paint will freshen it up and will give a great first impression to your buyers. Paint over any dominating colours or patterned wallpaper. Choosing soft neutral colours will make a room seem lighter and bigger and will enable viewers to easily imagine how they would modify the rooms to suit their needs. If there are any outstanding DIY jobs you have been putting off for months, or even years its advisable to get them fixed before that first viewer arrives. Even the smallest of jobs could potentially scare away your buyer or devalue your home. So make those minor repairs a necessity. Repair holes in walls, or broken door knobs, replace cracked tiles or threadbare carpets. Many buyers want to move in without making changes, so allow for this otherwise it may reflect the value of the offer they put forward.

If you need any advise on anything from cleaning to clutter free living or tips on how to make your home sell faster with less hassle we can help. Just drop us a line at [email protected] or call us on 01204 329975.

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Sam & Laura Newton

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