4 TIPS for Real Estate Photography and Staging 101 to Sell Your Home in Kent

Great real estate photography and beautiful home staging can make a huge difference in the price you are offered and the timeframe you close in.

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Putting in the extra effort with incredible photography and a professionally staged space, will typically pay for itself and then some. Check out our latest post for some great staging and photo tips!

Real Estate Photography and Staging to Sell Your Home in Kent

Before The Photos Are Taken and The House Is Shown…

Call a professional. For the maximum benefits of staging and photography, you will want to hire professionals. This will most likely be two different people. A photographer might not be great at accessorizing or furniture placement. Whereas a professional stager might not know how to utilize the light or take photos to maximize a room’s space in a photo. It is the combination of these two professionals that will bring your property the visual draw your house deserves.

As They Say, A Picture Says A Thousand Words…

Make it WOW! SourceSource:

Great photography is paramount when listing your house on the NWMLS and other platforms. We have all seen the photos. Those listings where you say, I can’t BELIEVE they used that shot! Some people take photos themselves, while others rely on their agent. No Staging too!

Non Professional Photo to sell your house for top dollar. Source: Redfin.com. Not sharing detail for privacy!

What do you get with 1% Listing Aggreement?

You got what you paid for! or You don’t get what you didn’t PAY!

You might have heard of 1% listing vs Full Listing services, and to be honest not everyone know the different. More importantly, most seller wouldn’t know upfront what they are getting with the 1% listing agreement. Maybe you have to pay for open houses, maybe you have to pay for Photography, maybe you have to pay for…

Some agents have a good eye and techniques, and might be able to take a good enough picture. You know those technique with Angle of Shoot, Lighting, Wide Angle Shoot, Quality Camera, and maybe some Photoshop skill!

However, nothing can compete with hiring a professional photographer. They will have all kinds of tricks, allowing them to get the absolute BEST photos of your house. Tripods, wide angle lenses and natural lighting are just a few must-haves.

Hiring a professional will easily pay for itself. Keep in mind, a photographer is NOT a stager. They are not there to clean up or position items throughout your home. They are there to capture the best photos of what “is”.

Get it “Magazine Pretty” With a Professional Stager

Professional staging is still largely seen as a “boutique” service, or something only used by people in big cities. But the fact is, staging has a HUGE impact on your ability to successfully sell your home.

People largely buy based on emotion. Can they see themselves living in the house? Can the Wife she herself spending the time in the Kitchen? You will want to create a neutral environment, yet still, allow the viewer to feel as if they are in their own home. Some stagers will refurnish and decorate a whole house, however, it is much more common to focus on a couple main rooms.

Depending on what you already have, a stager can bring in many pieces or simply replace and repurpose items you already have to be more aesthetically pleasing. The ultimate goal of staging is to maximize the perceived value of the home.

What if you can get the best of both word with some extra?

First of, Angel Home Solution is not a real estate agent or realtor who will help you sell your house by listing to NWMLS. We help you sell my house fast by buying directly with fair cash offer, and buy in as-is condition. We do not offer Listing service or Photography services.

However, we have been hired them for our flip properties, so we are happy to share the best of the best to you for FREE!

  • What if you can get a Full Listing Service at a DISCOUNT, including the Professional Photography and everything you need to sell your house for top dollar?
  • Staging service is never be included in the listing service, but What if you can get it done at a deep discound, and you don’t have to PAY UPFRONT?
  • Give us a CALL at (425) 272-9299 ask for special referral!

Also, before we share with you the 4 tips to prep your house for Photo and Staging, here is another resource to sell your house for top dollar from start to finish: 7 steps to sell your house for top dollar

Tip #1: Declutter

Don’t take any photos or show your house to any buyer until all of the clutter has been removed. Buyers do not want to see your personal possessions or photos while touring your house. It can make people feel intrusive and subconsciously make them want to leave. This isn’t how you want them to feel!

Tip #2: Say Goodbye To All Personal Items

Well for a little while anyway. Putting away things like photos, awards, bills as well as religious and political items will make people feel more comfortable. Your goal is to make people feel as if they could live there. They need to be able to easily imagine themselves in the space, and that can prove difficult when looking at a wall of your family photos. In addition, packing up unnecessary items and personal effects will help when the moving day arrives.

Tip #3: Don’t Neglect the Outside Areas

For both photography and viewing purposes, you will want to spend some time fixing up the outside of your home. Don’t leave your cars in the driveway, instead park them down the street.

This will allow the focus to be on your home in the photos and will make people feel like they are pulling into their own driveway as opposed to someone else’s. You should also put away all personal items and kid stuff. They say people decide if buying is a possibility in only a matter of seconds.

This is why it pays to clean up the front yard, plant a few flowers and refresh the front porch. The backyard should also be clear of clutter, with a warm and inviting feel. People should want to spend their time there!

Tip # 4: Keep it Tidy… Like Really Tidy

You never really know how other people live. Keeping food out on the counter, the lid up on the toilet, or having cables running across your walls can be huge eyesores to certain people viewing your home. Think about how you would expect a hotel or Air B&B to look upon arrival… and strive for that.

Are you ready to sell your home in Kent? We are ready to help! Send us a message or give us a call anytime! We can’t wait to hear from you! (425) 272-9299

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