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It’s picture perfect, it’s picture perfect…

That’s the key to a good property listing these days…it needs to be picture perfect before it goes on MLS.  That’s where over 90% of buyers are starting their search so you want those photos to be outstanding to draw attention and get viewers in, getting a faster offer and at a better price than if it sits on the market any length of time.

Decluttering, depersonalizing, and cleaning are the top three things you need to do to get your home ready for a sale.  It can take some time and effort but it will all pay off in the long run.  Don’t leave anything to the buyer’s imagination.  They are more likely to pass by your listing than to try to stop to figure out what lies under all that mess.

Contact me when you first start to think of selling and I’ll make sure your MLS pics don’t look like these.

Little things can make a huge difference.

Clear bathroom counters of toiletries and replace all light bulbs.

Hide or remove all signs of pets…including the pets themselves.

Get rid of all novelty or fuzzy toilet seat covers and mats.

Eliminate everything from the fridge door.

Don’t settle for a frumpy looking bedroom.

Even the garage and/or storage unit needs to be decluttered, organized, and neat.

Take away that gallery of family photos.

Neutral colours will be more attractive to buyers than bright ones.

Some agents are recommending or providing professional photos to their clients.  Professional photos can make your home look like something out of a magazine.  However, a professional real estate photographer cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.  If your home is not properly prepared and staged, a great photo is only going to enhance the negative effect even more.  That’s where an experienced home stager comes in.  I can look at your home objectively, address the issues, and apply all the principles of home staging to make your photos look picture perfect. Don’t wait until your home has sat on the market for months and gone stale…make it flawless right from the start.  It just Makes $en$e.

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