Showcasing your home at its absolute best allows you to make a great first impression (online and in-person) – and that means FASTER SALES and HIGHER PRICES.
Keep the following things in mind:
- Market conditions are unpredictable and you’ll need to weigh the benefits of completing your home prep list against the risks of waiting to list your home for sale. Nobody knows where the market (or the virus) is headed – the only thing we know for sure is what’s happening right now.
- Most home service professionals are back at work, with new safety protocols in place. We can give you some recommendations like handy people, painters, roofers, plumbers, and cleaners. Wait times might be a bit longer-than-usual wait times as everyone gets back to work and everything takes a little longer to do.
- Safety protocols: Before hiring anyone, ask about their safety protocols, especially if you are still living in the home.
- Focus on the most important fixes: this is probably not the best time to be undergoing big renovations.
- If you’re in a condo: check with your property manager about any restrictions on non-residents entering the condominium building.
Home Staging Tips:
- Increase natural lighting as much as possible and use neutral colors for broad appeal
- Open all blinds to showcase the outside of your home
- Have EVERY light fixture turned on in EVERY room
- It’s still important to declutter so donate or sell anything you won’t be moving to your next home
- Make sure the outside looks clean and manicured (New Mulch in Plant Beds always helps!)
- Create conversational furniture arrangements to make the house feel welcoming
- Get rid of all pet and food odors
- Keep your Air Conditioning set between 75 & 77 when showing
Before Your Photoshoot
- Kitchen & bathroom countertops are cleared and there are no dishes left in the sink
- All lights are turned on (fixtures, under-cabinet lighting and lamps- *please make sure all lamp bulbs are working and consider installing DAYLIGHT bulbs everywhere*)
- All toilets are closed and toiletries are stored away
- All beds are made and laundry is stored away
- Ceiling fans are not spinning but with lights turned on (if possible)
- Driveways are cleared of all vehicles, garbage cans or other obstructions
- Gate access codes are sent ahead of time, including lockboxes and keypads
- Guardhouses are called ahead of your appointment if the community is gated allowing the photographer into the community
*** Please give sufficient notice beforehand if nobody will be available to meet at the home at the scheduled time. ***
ALL individuals present MUST be wearing a face mask for the full duration of the photoshoot. There will be no exceptions. If this is not possible, please postpone or cancel your appointment.
*** If anyone in the household is in self-isolation or believes they may be infected with COVID-19, may have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days, or has recently displayed any flu-like symptoms, the photoshoot MUST be canceled or postponed. There will be no fee to reschedule.***
- For the health and safety of all parties involved, please refer to the above preparation checklist to prepare as your photographer cannot touch or move anything in the home.
- Your photographer will be wearing a facemask, and upon request, can wear gloves and shoe covers.
- Hand sanitizer is used between ALL photo shoots.
- It would be most appreciated if all residents of the home, especially those with underlying medical conditions or over the age of 65, could step out of the home for the duration of the photoshoot, which typically lasts between 1-2 hours. If this is not possible on the day of the shoot, it may be worth postponing for a later date.