When listing a home between October and March, many people find themselves struggling to present the property in the best possible light, due to flowerbeds coming to the end of their life, around the property, very little sun, and lots of dirt. Many homeowners have exit plans, but most do not. Here is a thought I try to instill in my friends, family, and clients that has helped them if they had to list their homes during those dreadful winter months, for those preparing to list in spring, AND for those who want to be prepared, just in case.
If you have a cell phone, it’s easy as pie to snap high resolution photos of your home when it is looking its best — May, June, and July, August, right through the end of September in many cases. If you have a good digital camera, that’s even better. Remember, the better the shots, the better the outcome. Pull out your camera right after you mow and edge the lawn. Take shots from the angles that show your yard in the best way. Gardens are always a plus to buyers, so when your flowers are mature and in bloom is the ideal time for those shots. Make sure to shoot both close up and from a distance, to capture the feel of the entire garden and let prospective buyers see the many different varieties of perennials you might have.
Spring, summer, and fall photos are a good idea for inside the home as well. Flowers from your garden on the table, shots from your big picture window or French doors onto a deck or overlooking water, a pool, or a beautiful yard, are a huge plus. Freshly painting your rooms and redecorating? Take pictures. Renovating a bathroom or bedroom? Take pictures. New kitchen? For sure, take pictures!
It is also a good idea to take interior photos in case you relocate while your home is listed. Things always look better in springtime and furnishings help as well as keeping the spaces uncluttered. That is often the case right after painting or redecorating.
Being prepared is the key.
The more you have to work with, the better. Photos tell the story. If you have the means to have professional photos taken of your home every few years, when you feel the home is at its best, I strongly suggest doing so. If not, do-it-yourself photos work, too. It gives your agent and prospective buyers a chance to better prepare and market your listing.
Dona Frank, The Dona Frank Team
Select Sotheby’s International Realty
Saratoga Springs, NY 518.421.6753
Give me a shout, I’d be happy to help you.