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Listing Photoshoot Tips for Photographers

Last Updated on January 10, 2023 by PixelPluck

Topic: How to Stage Every Room like a Showplace for Your Listing Photoshoot

When marketing a home to go on the market, professional photographs are one of a sellers’ most powerful tools to attract buyers. While it might seem like a home photoshoot is no more than getting the right lighting and having a clean home to work with, there are many behind the scenes steps that will result in photos that highlight a home’s best features. Home staging is the term real estate agents use to talk about setting the scene in every room of a home, and outside, before a photo shoot or showing. Professional home stagers are in the business of getting homes ready to sell, and helping buyers maximize a home’s value. There are also some DIY tips to follow to get every room ready for that all important photo shoot. 

Living room

When prospective buyers walk into a living room, they want to feel welcomed and at ease. A key for staging living rooms is to make sure that decor is neutral with a few central decorative elements to add energy to the room. Lighting can also be helpful by removing any heavy drapes, opening windows, and adding floor lamps to add even more of a glow.

Kitchen

You don’t need a newly renovated kitchen to entice home chefs during the buying process. Removing countertop clutter, repainting cabinets, and adding a bowl of fresh fruit can help buyers imagine what it might be like to cook and eat meals in the kitchen.

Bathroom

Staged bathrooms can evoke a spa environment with extra plush towels, candles, and even a few plants to add green. Updated fixtures and a fresh coat of paint can help evoke a feeling of calm in the bathroom. When painting the bathroom it can be helpful to keep it neutral and add color only with towels or other understated decor. 

Bedroom

In the bedroom, and in every room of the house, part of the process of staging is to remove personal items. Thinking about what it’s like to be in a comfortable hotel room can be a good benchmark to follow when planning bedroom decor for staging. It might seem obvious but coordinated bedspreads and pillows, with a tidy well-made bed are all essential. 

Bonus: Curb appeal 

The inside of a home is important, but stagers and photographers can’t overlook a home’s exterior. Real estate agents talk about curb appeal as the impression that potential buyers get of a home from the street and curb appeal plays an important role in selling a home. Focusing on curb appeal includes the front yard and trimming trees and shrubs, as well as adding color with a painted front door, potted plants, and even updated house numbers or a mailbox. 

Producing quality photography to sell a home involves many factors such as lighting, the time of day, and the season. Well considered home staging can help take those photos to another level by creating a calm environment that can appeal to a wide range of buyers. 

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