Virtual tours are a great tool for any REALTOR®, and they can make or break a sale. But a home that looks neglected on camera won’t shine in a potential buyer’s eyes. If you’re thinking of listing your home, help your agent make your home stand out on video by preparing it for its digital close-up.
Clean up. Walk through every room and pick up items that don’t belong — like the forgotten stack of magazines on your footstool or the shoes lounging by your bed. They’ll be obvious in video or photos, and can distract the viewer. Before the pros photograph your house, snap a few shots and take a look — what sticks out at a glance will surely be the first things a potential buyer would notice, too.
Remove personal touches. Remember, this won’t be your home anymore, so it shouldn’t look like it. Prior to showing a house, take down family photos, heirlooms and even college diplomas.
Update with a few new details. Flip through a few home decorating publications and take a look at what’s trendy and adjust your décor to match. A colorful vase of flowers on a glass coffee table, for instance, makes the room look warm and inviting.
Store unnecessary furniture. A good rule of thumb is that the only furniture in the room should accurately display what the room is (a dining room table and chairs in that room, for example). Removing extra side tables or a chair in the corner that’s hardly used will make the rooms look larger and allow the viewer to imagine his or her furniture in the space.