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Here’s How to Make Sure Your Home is Ready for Listing Photos

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then listing photos are like a novel for a home seller.

Selling a house can be a daunting task, and one of the most important parts of creating a listing is the photos of your home. Photos give the prospective buyer a personal look at what it’s really like to live in your house. It’s the element that often can help a buyer decide if they want to tour your home.

Good pictures communicate more than just bare information about your home. Pictures help the prospective buyer understand what it feels like to live in your home. It’s great to tell potential buyers that your home has a state-of-the-art kitchen, but it’s better to show them what it looks like so that they can imagine what it would feel like to cook in that kitchen.

At Steinborn, we make your life a whole lot easier by providing you with a professional photographer to take listing photos when you list a home with us. Even though you won’t be the one taking the photos, there are several things you can do to prepare your home to look its best and assist the photographer.

Here are our favorite tips for getting your home ready for excellent listing photos:

Utilize natural light

Artificial light can actually make your home look worse than it is. It can alter colors, make your house look older, and cause your rooms to take on a cave-like feel.

Open up the curtains and take advantage of daylight when taking photos. Spend some time cleaning your windows if dirt and dust are blocking the light. A bright, naturally lit room will make your space appear larger and cleaner.


One of the best ways to show your house in the best light is to clean up the space. Photos that show a room full of clutter will draw the potential buyers’ gaze away from the room itself. Clear off dressers and tables, take down excessive wall decor, and hide any unorganized areas until after the photos.

Similarly, make sure to put away any strange-looking pieces of furniture or art when you take listing photos. We know that you love your collection of clown figurines, but they will only distract buyers. A simple, clean look will help your home sell faster.

Consider staging your home

If you’ve already moved out of your home, your listing photos might feature empty room after empty room. Staging a house helps buyers imagine what a room can be used for. Ask your Better Homes and Garden Real Estate – Steinborn & Associates REALTOR different ways you can stage your home.

There’s no need to buy completely new furniture just for a photo. Try borrowing from a friend or renting a piece of furniture for a day. Even a small amount of staging can help differentiate spaces and help buyers see the potential in a room. A desk and shelves, a bed with comfy pillows, and a table that’s set for dinner are small touches that make your house feel like a home.

Get professional input

At Steinborn, our expert team is the best in the business when it comes to selling homes. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your associate broker if you need more help getting your home ready for photos.

Let us help you navigate the waters of real estate and find the perfect buyer for your home. Whether you’re just starting out or have been trying to sell for a while, our associate brokers can take the stress out of selling.

Contact us today to find out how we can help you confidently sell your home with ease.

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