In another life in a universe far away, I was a TV news photographer and learned that photos tell the story. Cookeville TN home for sale, Nashville TN car wreck, Washington DC politician – no matter the story, people look at the pictures first. Make sure your home is ready before the camera arrives.

Compare your home to your competition. Listen to your REALTOR. Take the instructions to heart. Selling a house is hard work. We don’t want home owners to waste their time. We are serious about working with you and want you to succeed. We want to show off your home. So pack the doll collection, the personal photo gallery, children’s toys (dogs’ too!), the out-of season clothes and decorations and sports equipment….  If you need to designate ONE room as a logistics area, stack the boxes neatly as you go.  When buyers see boxes, they know you are serious about selling and moving!

Clean the house from top to bottom. Clean out and organize closets and cabinets. Move extra furniture to a storage building. Don’t throw a rug over stained carpet – clean or replace the carpet. Dust everything. Wash walls, counters, fixtures, floors. If walls need it, paint. Make it easy for a buyer to see YOUR home as THEIR home. This makes it easier to take photos that invite that buyer TO your home.

My opinion is based on years of photography and real estate work, but it is easy to test. Just browse through home photos. Make notes of the really good and bad ones. Then list which homes you don’t like and why. Most of those homes have photos that show it in a less than appealing light.

Make the most of your home and your time. Get your home camera-ready before you throw out the “Welcome Buyers” mat.  

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Cookeville TN REALTOR® Brenna Piper, ABR, has worked with American Way Real Estate since 2002. A former television news photographer and corporate marketing director, she provides accomplished marketing and negotiating services to sellers and buyers across ten countries of Tennessee’s scenic  Upper Cumberland area.