We need to really make your home stand out, the internet is now your shop window, the high street Estate Agents are dying off as fees tumble and the internet replaces the shoe leather in property searches.
90% of people in the UK start their property search online. They say a picture speaks a thousand words and the fact is that if your property has not been photographed properly it will attract fewer buyers.
When you have decided to put your home on the market with First Step, our trained photographic team will arrive at a prearranged time to help you to make sure every room of your home looks its best for photography. We will spend time at your property preparing your home for photographs but below are a few handy tips.
No one knows your home better than you do, so we would more than welcome your suggestions for the best angles and advice on features of your home that you feel might be the most appealing to buyers.
• Remove any clutter and store it out of sight –for example remove toiletries from around the sink or bath, stow away cleaning products, put small appliances in cupboards, remove or hide anything stored under beds, store children’s toys or pet paraphernalia. If you want to go the extra mile to make your home stand out from the crowd, try these tips:
• Fresh flowers look attractive in a photograph and will add colour to the photography and can also hide plug sockets or unsightly marks when strategically positioned.
• Freshly plumped cushions on the old sofa and on the bed can add colour and a sense of luxury – they don’t cost much so it might be worth investing in some new ones. An attractive new throw may enhance an old chair or bed.
• Fluffy towels in the bathroom create a fresh and inviting atmosphere
• If the grouting in your bathroom has seen better days, give it a once over with a grout reviver product, available at DIY shops.
There are lots of simple things you can do to make your home look good in photographs. You want to make sure the photos of your home do it justice and help the buyer picture themselves living in the space.
• Tuck electrical cords out of the way.
• Make sure all curtains and blinds are open to let in the most light.
• Ensure your garden is clutter free – stow away children’s toys, rubbish bins or washing line.
• Ideally park your car out of the way while exterior shots are taken, if you can’t then make sure it is cleaned and presentable.
• Move your large bins from outside your home where you can and have a word with your friendly neighbour’s about doing the same for a few minutes’ while we snap away.
If you are not sure what your home really needs to make the best impression on buyers, please ask the First Step professionals. We look at properties day in and day out and we know what buyers are looking for and what makes a particularly good or bad impression.