Preparing Your Home For Listing Photos

Preparing Your Home For Listing Photos


Follow The 4 Simple Steps To Drawing In More Buyers With Your Listing Photos

You too can have your home's beauty shots. Today I'm giving you some tips on how to get your home in tip-top shape for your online listing photos. Welcome back to the scoop with The Oahuist. My name is Bridget Townsend and I'm an agent with Corcoran Pacific Properties, and I serve the amazing people of Hawaii on the island of Oahu. Today we're talking all about how to get your home ready for gorgeous home scene photos. 

With a pandemic in full swing. I'm sure many of you are trying to find your new normal. Between working from home schooling at home and try not to go stir crazy, now's a perfect time to tackle those home improvement projects you've been planning. 

I'm sure you've seen some gorgeous homes online and believe many of these are professionally shot and staged, but you don't have to spend $1,000s to stage your home. All you need is to follow these simple steps to make sure your home is ready so that your listing photos hook a possible buyer at first sight. Here are four of my best tricks for capturing the most flattering photo. 

Make Them Feel at Home

Number one: Declutter, declutter, declutter. Arrange your space with minimal furniture, and neutral decor, and take down the family photos. More advice is to mix those heavy drapes that block the light from windows. You want an open airy space. 

Create Flattering Lighting

Number two: Turn off the fans and turn on the lights. All of them. A well-lit space is going to look that much more welcoming. 

Sun, Clouds, Rain?

Number three: Decide the weather for the perfect shot. Does your home have an incredible sunset view? Can you watch the sunrise as you sip coffee from your kitchen table? Whatever magic happens, this is the best time to take pictures. 

Tidy Up Inside, & Out

Number four: Make sure the outside looks clean too. Don't forget to put away the garden hose, the kids' bike, and move the cars out of the driveway. Make sure hedges are trimmed away from the windows. And there are strong clean lines that you can see standing from the curb. The outer shot is usually the first image that potential buyers see. So make it count. 

Make Your Property Stand Out

Without using an agent, chances are your listing photos will not be professionally done. And that actually can change what you'll net at closing. A picture says 1,000 words, so a seasoned agent can help you decide what to do to capture the best photos before the photographer even arrives. 

There are a lot of agents out there, but I've always recommended to my clients that they interview about two to three others agents. I've even created a questionnaire template that you can use to determine who's going to be best suited for your situation. 

If you'd be interested in that information, you can comment below, or DM me on social media and I'll be happy to share it. 

At this point, you may be convinced that you may need some guidance around the area of flattering listing photos. But you may also be thinking that you have no idea where to start. If you're thinking about making a move, I can help you through the process. Just send me a message or text me at (808) 265-3906 No pressure, no sales tactics, just the help and guidance that you need. 

Finally, if you are a resident of Oahu, I want to let you know that you can find me on Facebook and Instagram at Please feel free to post any questions, comments, or concerns in the chat box. I always go back and check the videos after the livestream is over in order to answer questions in the comment section as well. 

Thank you so much for joining me today. I'll see you in the next episode.

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