Effective Staging For Stand-Out Real Estate Photography


Staging your home does not need to be difficult and can work wonders for attracting the maximum number of potential buyers when selling your home. Try these tried and true professional tips to prepare your home for photos that sell.

  1. Wave Goodbye to the Mess

To begin, each room should be cleaned and decluttered. You want to start the staging process off with a clean slate.

Clutter is not only distracting, but it is also unappealing and will likely put off purchasers. A clean, open area allows visitors to envision themselves and their own items in the space.

You can neatly store excess belongings in your basement or garage or you may need to store your excess items in a storage facility. The cost will be worth the investment if it means selling your home in less time and for more money.

  1. Carefully Arrange Furniture For the Best Real Estate Shots

If you generally arrange your sofa against the wall in your family room or living room, this may not be the ideal setup to showcase these spaces. People like to observe how the space flows, so attempt to move furniture away from the wall to create a functional discussion area.

Moving furniture closer to the middle of the room may also make a room appear larger. This is also a terrific method for individuals to imagine how they would arrange their own furnishings in these rooms.

Consider replacing extra-large or bulky pieces with smaller, more streamlined pieces. This easy change will make rooms appear bigger than they are.

  1. It Is Not About You

Remove all of your personal items and family photos and replace them with neutral artwork and décor. You may adore that photo from the family gathering last year, but do potential buyers want to see it?

Getting rid of personal items in your home is the best method to help people perceive themselves in your home. You do not have to change out every image as long as the atmosphere remains warm and inviting.

  1. Make Use of Proper Lighting

Lighting is essential for taking the greatest real estate photos or any other type of shot. During the day, natural light is the ideal option since it provides consumers with a genuine image of each space.

If your home lacks natural light, boost the wattage of your existing light fixtures to brighten things up. A good rule of thumb is to have approximately 100 watts per 50 square feet of area.

Think about the task lights and table lamps that are present in each room of your home. Make use of bright and ample lighting to produce beautiful photos that are clean and clear.

  1. Try to Remain Balanced

If you like strong, vibrant colours, it might be difficult to stage your home in a way that is appealing to the largest number of potential buyers. Buyers prefer a neutral colour scheme when shopping for a home to buy, according to the majority of home stagers.

If your home already has neutral paint colours, stick with neutral furniture and décor. Avoid distracting artwork or noisy throw pillows that may avert a buyer’s attention away from the best features of your home.

In general, your home should have neutral tones throughout, though you can add a few whimsical accents here and there to prevent a space from being too drab. The easiest method to persuade individuals to purchase a home is by making it easy for them to subsequently adjust certain features to their liking.

  1. Keep Up With Your Landscaping

Your interior home staging is undoubtedly your main priority, but be careful that it is not at the expense of your home’s curb appeal. You can reduce your to-do list while preparing your home for the market by hiring a professional – or you can tackle this task yourself.

Cut down any fading bushes and remove any dead limbs. Trim dead tree branches and get rid of invasive weeds in the front and rear yards.

Adding some new grass seed and maintaining your lawn with regular watering a few weeks before listing may completely alter your yard and increase the value of your property. Clean up the outside before photographing it, as this is the first image that most people will view.

  1. Create A Captivating Backyard Retreat

Do not overlook this area of your property while taking images as many buyers are searching for an inviting outdoor gathering area. With a large table and several patio chairs, create a lively outdoor discussion space.

Create a distinct outside living room by adding a colourful patio canopy and an outdoor rug. This simple activity might inspire buyers to construct their own one-of-a-kind outdoor environment, and it always looks wonderful in photos.

If you have outside living space, show it off because it is desirable in many markets. Be sure to maintain the backyard in the same manner as the front, and take plenty of photos.

  1. Accessories Can Add Visual Interest

It is okay to add a few embellishing touches to any area requiring a pick-me-up. Always select elements that are modern and keep the number of total accessories to a minimum.

Potted plants and sculptures are excellent examples of appealing accessories. Place them strategically throughout each space, and avoid grouping too many decorative things together, since this may make a room feel congested.

It is possible to bring your home to life by adding just a few accessories. Just make sure you do it carefully and include pieces that are trendy and complement the overall colour scheme and design of the home.

  1. Put Up Seasonal Decorations

It is acceptable to prepare your home for the season as long as you do not go overboard. If you are selling your property during wintertime, have some fun with it by including pine branch wreaths or red velvet ribbons for example.

Freshen up your home with a few fresh bouquets and flower arrangements for springtime. This will enhance the appearance and aroma of your home.

If you want to incorporate a seasonal touch, choose high-quality décor items and remember to keep the number of items to a minimum. Maintain a relaxed atmosphere and add a few subtle touches of décor to match the current season in which you are selling your home.

  1. Prioritize Your Kitchen

The kitchen is the area that says the most about a home and can have the biggest impact on potential buyers. Make sure this space is as clean and modern-looking as possible before shooting your real estate photos.

Consider painting your cabinets a fresh, contemporary hue if you do not want to replace them or do not have the budget to do so. Make sure all of your surfaces are sparkling, then clean and polish your appliances as well.

Refresh this space by adding some new pendant lights over the kitchen island. Take care to highlight the kitchen’s various characteristics when taking pictures, such as the tile backsplash or new flooring.

  1. Spa-Inspired Bathroom Design

Create the atmosphere of a tranquil spa in your bathroom to market your property. Instead of folding towels, roll them up and arrange a few on the vanity counter.

To give the idea of a spa-like environment, use candles, designer soaps and robes to decorate the space. Get rid of extra toiletries and keep them out of sight.

Replace a worn or outdated shower curtain with a new cloth curtain in a neutral shade. Finish the appearance with a complementing rug set for a basic, clean bathroom that will help sell your property.

  1. Prioritize Window Treatment Options

Replacing soiled, outdated or misaligned window covering is key. Buyers will take note of them right away. 

Hang sheer drapes to make a room seem cozy and inviting. If you want to make rooms appear larger, make sure the drapes are placed from the ceiling to the floor.

New window coverings do not have to be expensive, but you should make sure that they appear tidy and coordinate with the other colours in the space.

To guarantee that you capture the greatest real estate photos possible, try any or all of these suggestions. Set up your home so that it appears spacious, inviting and neutral. Remember to give your home’s outside appearance and outdoor living area some attention as well. Your property should photograph wonderfully  – which in turn will help you sell quickly so you can move on to your next adventure in no time.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. I am a real estate agent working in Barrie and Simcoe County. If you would like to set up a time to discuss your real estate questions, I am available and looking forward to helping in your next move.


Michelle Stevens




RE/MAX Hallmark Chay Realty