Staging certainly makes a difference when you’re trying to sell your home. Not only will it make a difference when showing your home for sale, but also when you have the listing pictures taken.
When you know how to stage your home for sale and for listing pictures, you may be surprised at the difference it makes. Here are some of the top tips you can use to ensure your home is properly staged for listing pictures.
While it might be tempting to stage your home for buyers, when taking listing pictures, stage it for the camera. Make sure the angle you will be taking the picture from will make the best sense and use the light properly.
The best way to make sure you’re staging for the camera first is simply to take the picture, look at it, and adjust. Look for errors in symmetry and lighting. After taking a few pictures, you can adjust to see which angle works best and how to move the things in the room to best use the light.
Iron Out Wrinkles
You may not care about wrinkles in your bed sheets or blankets, but cameras have a way of making these wrinkles look far worse than they are. It’s best to use a steamer to ensure the wrinkles are gone. Use it for sheets, pillows, curtains, shower curtains, and anything else that could get wrinkled.
One of the major keys to taking great listing pictures is light. You want to make sure you get as much natural light into each room as possible. Even if you have to remove blinds or curtains for the pictures, let in the light first!
If possible, you should always have listing pictures taken at the right time of day. If the sun is blasting in through the windows, you might get areas of brightness and other areas that look like it’s as dark as night.
Choose a time of day that will provide indirect sunlight from outside and use indoor lights to fill in the gaps. It might work best to choose a cloudy day for your listing pictures for the best lighting.
Show the Outdoors, When Possible
Listing pictures need to show off more than just the room you’re capturing. Go beyond the room and show the view, whenever it makes sense.
The goal is to give a prospective buyer the feeling they are in the room and allow them to picture what it would be like. Showing off the view of a lake, a beautiful backyard, or anything else outside will help create a complete picture of what your home has to offer.
When staging for listing pictures, make sure each room provides symmetry. Humans are naturally drawn to symmetry because it’s found all throughout nature and we tend to find it aesthetically pleasing.
Removing excess items creates an illusion that a space feels larger than it actually is. Putting away personal items including photos allows potential homebuyers to better visualize themselves living in the space.
When you want to sell your home, you need to know how to stage for listing pictures. If you’re not sure you can handle it on your own, hiring a professional stager might be a good idea. You should also listen to the advice of your real estate agent as they will know how to capture your home in the best light.