Property Staging: How to Prepare for Your Photo Shoot (Part 3)

In previous posts, we have discussed a few tips on how to stage a home for a photo shoot. If you’ve cleaned up, downsized, and strategically placed some furniture and decor, you may be wondering what comes next. What can be done to really make your property pop in those photos? Well, wonder no more, as we dive into a handful of final tips on making sure your listing is ready for its close-up!

There are a few areas where it pays to invest in your staging efforts. A few small upgrades can really make a difference when it comes to dazzling your potential buyers. For instance, it’s easy to revamp the kitchen by replacing old drawer knobs and giving cabinets a fresh coat of paint. Refinish or repurpose distinct pieces of furniture that may have fallen out of use and give them a fresh breath of life.

Speaking of freshness, try to place something “green” in every room to liven things up. Here, you can the opportunity to save a little cash by using clippings from the yard and displaying them in a decorative way. Placing some flowers in the kitchen or a standing plant in the study can bring a breath of fresh air to any home.

The goal in any well-staged property is to use little things to help buyers imagine the bigger picture. Small touches, like accessories coordinated to match the wall hangings, can move even the stiffest of viewers to aesthetic reverie. Pairing glass tables with light-colored walls can help small, dark rooms feel bigger and brighter. A few expertly rolled towels placed in the guest bathroom can bring about thoughts of a luxurious spa. It might take a bit of effort, but it can make a big difference in the offers your clients receive.

Of course, staging a property requires time, and not all brokers or homeowners can handle the task of staging by themselves. The good news is that there are alternatives for those who can’t spare the time but can spare the cash. Professional home stagers can be found in just about every major city, and their sense of style and expertise is often well worth the price. However, the longer a home is on the market, the more expensive this option becomes as professional stagers typically use rented furniture in their designs.

For those looking to save a little more, you can also have your home staged virtually. Virtual stagers will photograph your property while empty and then digitally “fill” it with furniture, accessories, and art. While a practical option for those pressed for both time and money, a traditionally staged and photographed home has a more authentic feel.

However you choose to approach staging your next property, you can now take it on with confidence! By following these simple steps, you’ll be sure to capture the attention of potential buyers. And you’ll definitely reap the benefits when it comes to their offers.