Photos! The most important part of the selling process is the “first impression”. If a buyer falls in love with your house the moment they see it, it is likely to sell quickly. Photos are your opportunity to get that impressionable second and make it count. Get your relocatable house sold as fast as possible by following these 10 simple photo rules on the day of your appraisal:
Light is key when it comes to great photos. Open all the curtains, clear anything away that blocks your windows. People love light, it makes a house feel warm and inviting.
Don’t have much natural light coming in? Turn on all the lights your house has. Trust us, it makes a dramatic difference when it comes to photos!
Bring nature inside
Having plenty of greenery on the inside will really make a difference to your photos. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or extravagant. Just go to your yard or local park and pick some wild flowers and distribute them throughout the house in little vases.
Get rid-off the clutter
We ALL have that corner where everything that has no home, ends up. For photos, get rid off that corner. Just put the clutter into cupboards, or a laundry basket, simply out of sight. This includes clutter on your benchtops, tables, the kids toys in the living room and the 100 magnets on your fridge. Less clutter will make any space look better and larger.
Make it shine
Have a white or silver fridge? Polish off those finger prints. White kitchen drawers? Give them a quick wipe. Large living room ranch sliders to the deck? Make sure they don’t have any obvious marks.
This is a big one. Bathrooms make or break a house sale. It can be easy to make this space look great. Put everything around the sink in your bathroom cupboard, give the bench a quick wipe. Make sure there are no water marks on the mirror, and please shut the toilet lid. If you want to go above and beyond, hang up one white and one coloured bathroom towel on the towel rail to really make it pop.
We all know those mornings where we get up 10 minutes late and forget about doing our bed and leave our PJs on the floor. Avoid this on the morning of your appraisal. Take 5 minutes to neatly tug your duvet cover in, open your curtains, put all your clothes away and out of sight. Give the room a quick de-clutter (we don’t mind where you hide it) and throw a brightly coloured throw over your bed. Done. Perfect.
Can you make it ‘look bigger’?
There are some simple techniques in making a room look spacious and big. Don’t worry about the perfect view of the TV from the couch. Turn the couch towards the center of the room, potentially creating a nice conversational seating arrangement in the middle of the living room. Get the kids involved by asking them to push around couches and sofas. It could be great exercise and entertainment!
Odd numbers are better
Want to add a few little extras? Do it in odd numbers. Three vases, three candles or 5 little decorative shells. If in doubt, keeping it simple is better. Photos look great with small details that make the space look loved.
We don’t expect you to have an award-winning yard, just mowing your lawns and raking together the leaves will go a long way. Make sure there are no kids toys in the way and get out your summer outdoor furniture, no matter the season.
The rule of thirds
If you are taking your own photos, remember the rule of thirds. In your mind, split up the shot in thirds horizontally and vertically. Now, make sure your shot is aligned straight with any straight objects in your image (like a bench top, table or house roof and foundation). Next, try to get the main focal point in line with one (or multiple) of the intersecting lines. This will give you an easy and pleasing image.
If you follow these simple, yet effective guidelines, you’ll have even better chances of achieving top dollars for your house.
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