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Some tips for home staging….

Staging your home

As a professional photographer that spends a large amount of time working in the property sector I see all kinds of property from very modest 2 up – 2 down terraced houses, to luxurious country houses, with indoor pools and games rooms.

They all have one think in common, however. The owners want to sell them!

No matter what type of property you’re trying to sell, one thing is common, you need to attract a potential buyer to come and view the property. That’s where good advertising come into play, and good photographs are a part of that advertising mix, giving any potential buyers that great first impression.

Great photographs aren’t the magical fix alone, however, and they must portray a welcoming property that people will want to come and look at. That’s where staging your home comes into play. This can be a very complicated and therefore expensive business, with professional home staging companies who will come into your home and do it all for you. With some simple, common sense actions, however, you can go a long way yourself.

Once you’ve done all those little jobs you’ve been meaning to do for a while to get your home ready to sell, the two main points to think about before the photographs are taken are making space and removing clutter. You need to remember that when somebody is looking at a photo they are generally concentrating on just the photo and might notice things that they wouldn’t see in person when they might be distracted by other things.

Making space….

  • Remove any unwanted/unneeded items of furniture from floors. This will make the room look larger and more appealing
  • Do the same for the worktops in the kitchen. There are different schools of thought on this, but I don’t subscribe to the notion that the sides should be completely bare. A kettle and toaster are the things that might be expected in most kitchens so these can stay. Most other things can go.
  • Outside the house, make sure cars aren’t on the driveway and hide wheelie bins.
  • Removing clutter….

    This is one of the most important things to do. What you might have become accustomed to, might actually be cluttering the scene.

  • We’ve already touched on the kitchen, but while in there, remove any oven gloves/tea towels from oven doors (honestly, these really do look awful in photos). Take all fridge magnets off, along with any pin boards full of reminders etc.
  • Make sure you can’t see any washing in the washer, or an oven full of baking trays and tins.
  • We all have waste bins, it’s a fact of life, but they shouldn’t be in a photo.
  • Don’t store things on the top of kitchen wall units (the same goes for wardrobes in your bedrooms!)
  • You might be the world’s biggest animal lover, but your buyers might not be, so remove any food and water bowels etc.
  • Remove any electrical items from wall sockets, such as your phone/tablet chargers. Wires hanging from sockets really don’t look good. The same goes for wall mounted TV’s. If you haven’t been able to conceal the cables, consider removing them for the photo shoot.
  • Don’t have things hanging from doors, either from the handles or on over the door hangars.
  • Children’s toys. Although these are part of family life, they are often very brightly coloured and very distracting. Even in the child’s bedroom where they might expect to be found, consider removing some of them to reduce the clutter and make space.
  • In the bathroom, remove any toiletries etc from window ledges, along with any cleaning items and the loo brush from the side of the toilet.
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