Step 7: Professional Photography
We are getting really close to getting your home on the market! The last step in preparation is professional photography. It’s so important to make sure we have photos prior to listing as most buyers shop online and will bypass any listings without them. We will work with you and your schedule to arrange the photography session and possibly additional media if you decide on an upgrade to your marketing package. The appointment itself will take between 1 – 2 hours for single family homes/townhouses depending on the size. It’s best that you are not in your home during the appointment so as not to interrupt the photographer.
Here are our pro tips for ensuring great photos:
Remove any cats or dogs from the home or put them in a crate during the photography appointment
Hide any pet beds, bowls, toys, etc
Make your bed
Put all dishes away
Turn on all lights and make sure all light bulbs, especially those in lamps, are working
The day before the professional photo appointment, take your own camera or smartphone and snap pics of your home. If a room looks too cluttered in your photos, declutter it even more.
During the photographs, we will likely move a lot of things in your home. We do our very best to put things back where they were but don’t be surprised if you come home to find a few things out of place. We apologize in advance, but we want your photos to look the absolute best they can look and this often involves moving items to get the best shots. We often photograph nearby amenities in the neighborhood, such as parks or playgrounds, for single-family homes. If there is anything in particular you want to make sure we photograph, just let us know. It usually takes 48 hours to get the photos back. As soon as they are back, we will activate your listing in the MLS and your property will be live on the market!