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How to Prepare Your Home for Professional Photography

How to Prepare Your Home for Professional Photography – by Maxwell Alexander, MA, BFA, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, NYS Licensed Real Estate Continuing Education Instructor, Certified Fitness and Bodybuilding Coach

One of the best ways to sell your home is through professional photography, but not all houses look their best in pictures. In order to stage your home for professional photography, there are some simple steps you can take to make it seem larger and cozier.

How to Prepare Your Home for Professional Real Estate and Airbnb Photography – by Maxwell Alexander, MA, BFA, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, NYS Licensed Real Estate Continuing Education Instructor, Certified Fitness and Bodybuilding Coach

Here are some tips on how to prepare your home for professional photography.

Before Professional Photographers Arrive

Staging your home is often an important step in selling a house. Real estate agents recommend that potential buyers envision themselves living in your home as opposed to walking through empty space, so it’s important that you give them a sense of how they can do just that! Here are some quick and easy tips to get you started on staging your home. Make sure all rooms are clean, clutter-free, and organized: We know—it sounds obvious. But really think about what you want out of each room in terms of function and where your furniture should go. Keep pieces like bookshelves or tables along walls instead of clustered toward centerpieces—if possible move upholstered seating away from walls also (it will help make rooms feel bigger). Don’t forget the lighting! Is your ceiling fan not working?

Learn All About About Home Staging 

Staging a home is all about creating a space that looks professional and feels inviting. Whether you’re selling your property or staging it as an investment, it’s crucial to create an atmosphere that shows your home in its best light. It helps potential buyers imagine themselves in your home, which can lead to higher asking prices and quicker sales. Use the tips from professional real estate photographer, interior designer, and staging expert Maxwell L. Alexander to set up your house like a model residence. Selling homes happens when interested parties are inspired to buy them, so think about home staging as your way to inspire prospective buyers, clients, or guests. 

Staging Your Home to Sell Fast – New Book by Maxwell L. Alexander
“Staging Your Home to Sell Fast” on Amazon Kindle – New Book by Maxwell L. Alexander

Staging a home is all about creating a space that looks professional and feels inviting. Whether you’re selling your property or staging it as an investment, it’s crucial to create an atmosphere that shows your home in its best light. It helps potential buyers imagine themselves in your home, which can lead to higher asking prices and quicker sales. Use these tips from professional real estate photographer, interior designer, and staging expert Maxwell Alexander to set up your house like a model residence.

Selling homes happens when interested parties are inspired to buy them, so think about home staging as your way to inspire prospective buyers. Even though staging your home before selling can be time-consuming, you’ll likely be able to recoup your investment in a short amount of time.

How to Prepare Your Home for Professional Photography – by Maxwell Alexander, MA, BFA, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, NYS Licensed Real Estate Continuing Education Instructor, Certified Fitness and Bodybuilding Coach
How to Prepare Your Home for Professional Photography – by Maxwell Alexander, MA, BFA, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, NYS Licensed Real Estate Continuing Education Instructor, Certified Fitness and Bodybuilding Coach

Choose Accent Pieces Wisely

It’s easy to get caught up in looking at furniture and home decor on Pinterest. After all, everyone loves a good design photo. But you don’t need every single piece in a room photographed; rather, choose one or two accent pieces that will add visual interest and draw attention to your living space, while keeping costs down. With careful staging and styling, your home can look like it was professionally photographed—without spending thousands of dollars on decorative pieces that aren’t even functional!

How to Prepare Your Home for Professional Photography – by Maxwell Alexander, MA, BFA, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, NYS Licensed Real Estate Continuing Education Instructor, Certified Fitness and Bodybuilding Coach
How to Prepare Your Home for Professional Photography – by Maxwell Alexander, MA, BFA, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, NYS Licensed Real Estate Continuing Education Instructor, Certified Fitness and Bodybuilding Coach

Decorate for Consistency

Because these photos will be used in professional marketing materials or by listing agents, it’s important that you give your home a consistent aesthetic. Consider how your home will look through a potential buyer’s eyes when you’re staging—you don’t want them seeing anything that looks unprofessional or staged. A great way to achieve a consistent, professional look is with contemporary decor and professionally taken photographs.

Remove All Personal Items

The first step in creating a stunning staging environment is removing all personal items. When buyers walk through your home, they should see and feel what’s unique about your property—not what you like or need. Before you stage, start by moving all of your belongings into storage (at least temporarily) and removing any do-not-touch signs from the furniture.

Learn more in my new book “Staging Your Home to Sell Fast”

Even though staging your home before selling can be time-consuming, you’ll likely be able to recoup your investment in a short amount of time. Learn more in my new book “Staging Your Home to Sell Fast” on Amazon Kindle.

How to Prepare Your Home for Professional Photography – by Maxwell Alexander, MA, BFA, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, NYS Licensed Real Estate Continuing Education Instructor, Certified Fitness and Bodybuilding Coach
“Staging Your Home to Sell Fast” on Amazon Kindle – New Book by Maxwell L. Alexander – How to Prepare Your Home for Professional Photography – by Maxwell Alexander, MA, BFA, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, NYS Licensed Real Estate Continuing Education Instructor, Certified Fitness and Bodybuilding Coach

About Maxwell L Alexander:

Maxwell L. Alexander, VP, Marketing & Creative at AlmaxRealty, is one of the most well-rounded real estate industry experts in the tri-state area. From his beginnings as a graphic designer at the world’s largest organization for the advancement of technology to his current role as an acclaimed real estate entrepreneur, Maxwell has blazed his own trail in New York City, surpassing all expectations along the way. Maxwell’s extensive background in marketing, branding, theory of visual perception, experiential design, and different aspects of real estate gives him unique insight into making the real estate industry more functional and innovative, which he shares with both his colleagues and clients alike.