You’ve decided to sell your home, and you know what it looks like. If you close your eyes, you can picture everything from the front entrance to the colors of each room. You’re probably so familiar with the layout that you can navigate coffee tables and ottomans even in the dark.
You could describe your home with words to potential buyers, listing the number of bedrooms, baths, and floor space. But does that honestly portray everything about your home? In today’s competitive real estate marketplace, you need something that distinguishes your home from other Cherry Hills homes for sale.
A picture is truly worth a thousand words
And buyers make judgments about your home quickly. In the blink of an eye, they evaluate a wide range of thoughts: Could I see myself living in this space? Is the house well maintained? Is there space for my heirloom armoire? How big is the yard? Good photography creates interest and invites buyers to learn more about the property. Lousy photography can drive potential buyers away.
Taking your own photos
One of the biggest problems amateur photographers make has to do with lighting. Proper lighting is a technical art and can make or break a shot. Windows and lamps create bright spots, whereas furniture creates shadows. Your goal is to even out the lighting so that the room is bright and appealing, and it’s challenging for amateurs to accomplish.
After you have taken your pictures, you may think you’ve done a great job digitally capturing your home. Now it’s time to let your agent be the judge. The critical eye of a real estate agent can discern amateur from professional home photos. Your agent may think your work is top-notch and will benefit the sale of your home. On the other hand, your agent may tactfully suggest that you might want to consider the services of a professional real estate photographer.
The better choice: Professional images
One study found that listings photographed by a professional sell faster than homes that did not use professional services. Additionally, the work of professional photographers can boost the asking price of a home. Of course, there is a cost to retaining a professional. Yet, when you have a multi-million-dollar Cherry Hills home for sale, expenses are minimal compared to the potential return.
Prep your home for the pros
Make it shine
Clean all surfaces, from walls, floors, and counters to mirrors and windows. And don’t forget about the outside of your house. Pressure washing can make driveways, decking, and masonry look like new. Trim the hedges and eliminate plants that look not long for this world. Some sellers even turn to professional cleaning services to detail the home. They can find the imperfections you may overlook and know the trade secrets to getting out the blemishes.
Stage your house for the camera
Look at the listings of other Cherry Hills homes for sale to understand what’s involved in staging a home. Remember also to pay as much attention to staging the exterior of your home. Similar to professional cleaners, professional staging services are available for a fee. These pro stagers have art, flora, and other decorative details that elevate your home to professional photo readiness.
Every detail matters
Good agents know the best photography services
If you have a Cherry Hills home for sale, consider contacting Ashleigh Fredrickson for assistance. Ashleigh thoroughly understands the Denver real estate market and ranks among the top real estate professionals in the nation. She can help you prepare your home for marketing and ensure you choose the best professional photographer to help sell your home faster and for the best price. Reach Ashleigh today.
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