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The importance of staging

The photography may be the difference between “swiping left or right” on your property

 

Tips for portraying your house in the most appealing manner

 
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  • Basics

    • Thoroughly clean the whole house

    • Vacuum, mop, clean countertops in kitchen & bathrooms

    • TV’s, lamps, & ceiling fans should be turned off

    • Open blinds & curtains to get the most natural light in

    • Remove clutter from areas to be photographed

  • Kitchen

    • Clear countertops of small appliances, paper towels, mail, etc.

    • Clear fridge of magnets, papers, photos, etc.

    • Hide the garbage can

    • Make sure there is no dishes in the sink

  • Dining Room

    • Clear table of clutter

    • Straighten chairs and make sure they are evenly spaced

    • Remove high chair or booster chairs

    • Placing fresh flowers or a decorative centerpiece will freshen the space up

  • Living Room

    • Remove clutter- magazines, remote controls, gaming consoles

    • De-clutter mantel

    • Fluff and rearrange cushions and pillows

  • Bedrooms

    • Remove photo frames

    • Make bed and fluff pillows

    • Make sure bedding is straight and symmetrical

    • Press bed linens to smooth out wrinkles

    • Remove clutter from nightstands and dressers

  • Bathrooms

    • Clear off countertops completely No toothbrushes/paste, hair products, or soap

    • Remove shampoos, soaps, & razors from showers & tubs

    • Replace dirty towels with clean, unused and not wrinkled towels

    • Remove bath mats

    • Put toilet seat down

    • Wipe mirrors of dust and water splash

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  • Kids/Guest room

    • Remove photo frames

    • Make bed and fluff pillows

    • Make sure bedding is straight and symmetrical

    • Press bed linens to smooth out wrinkles

    • Remove clutter from nightstands and dressers

  • Pets

    • Place food & water bowls out of sight

    • Remove crates or pet beds from areas to be photographed

    • Clear backyard of pet waste and toys


  • Exteriors

    • Remove Trash cans

    • Remove cars from driveway and close garage doors

    • Clean up landscaping, such as a mowed lawn, limbs & weeds removed

    • Clean porches and straighten outdoor furniture & cushions/pillows

    • Clean pool & remove debris

    • Hide gardening hose, toys, etc.

    • Clean up grilling areas and remove grill cover

    • Open up umbrellas in patio and/or decks

  • Helpful tips

    • Use lint rollers to clean up pet fur on cushions and pillows

    • Hide unwanted objects in closets and garage, unless it’s a selling feature, closets/garages won’t be photographed

    • Make sure you have spare light bulbs and that they are all the same color/temperature