Below are Tips and Advice for Staging and Preparing for the Day of the Photo-shoot.
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Preparing For Photography and Showings
“Staging” could be described as the opposite of “decorating”. Decorating and Interior Design are all about personalizing a space…staging a home for sale is all about de-personalizing the space to allow the potential buyer to imagine it for themselves. If you are able think of your house as a commodity, this will make it easier to remove those personal photographs and objects.
- Remove trash cans, gardening tools, etc from sight
- Stow children’s and pet’s toys
- Coil hoses
- Open patio umbrellas and set out cushions
- Uncover bbqs, pools, spas
- Dogs in dog run or garage
Replace any burned out bulbs.
- Consider replacing kitchen fluorescent bulbs with newer generation, white-light, daylight bulbs.
- Make sure all lamps are in working condition
- More interior lighting adds to the ambiance of the home
- Clean well
- Remove/Replace/Repaint anything that is too “taste-specific”
- Valuables and Medications out of sight or locked up
- Open window coverings (unless they are concealing a less than desirable view) or remove them entirely; rooms are larger when the eye can extend out to the view
- Turn on all lights; fans off
- Toilet lids down
- Remove most, if not all personal photographs (especially large portraits over fireplaces or in the main living areas; replace those with neutral art.)
- Conceal garbage containers
- Remove everything from the fridge (pictures, kids art, magnets, etc.)
- Keep floor coverings to the essentials
- Clear the bathroom countertops. Leave only a few decorative items or a floral or plant arrangement. Put out best towels
- Empty the shower of shampoos, etc
- Clear Kitchen countertops. Leave a maximum of one appliance per countertop area. Countertop microwaves should be hidden from sight
- Remove all signs of pets (bowls, rugs, pillows, etc)
- Remove any table coverings
- De-clutter fireplace mantel