The internet provides easy access to a wealth of information and resources. It’s no surprise that potential homebuyers often begin their search online. If you’re putting your home on the market, talk to your real estate agent about listing the property on the internet. Here are a few tips to boost your home’s online appeal.
Clean the Windows to Boost Your Home’s Online Appeal
Dirty and dusty windows don’t reflect light as well as clean window glass. The windows may appear gray in photographs. Wash your home’s windows inside and out and remove the screens so that the glass looks sparkling clean for online photos. Step outside your home and look at the window treatments from outdoors. Make sure the curtains look symmetrical and that all of the blinds are in the same positions.
Hire a Photographer
Ask your real estate agent to recommend a professional photographer who is well-practiced at taking pictures of houses. A pro will choose the best time of day to photograph your property. He or she will also have the right equipment and editing software to make your home look its best in an online listing.
Tidy the Yard
Before the photographer arrives, clean the yard. When a potential buyer views your home online, he or she should be able to visualize themselves enjoying the property with family and friends. Remove children’s toys, art, bird feeders, lawn and garden equipment, and any items that aren’t included with the purchase of the home. Mow the grass and add mulch to the flower beds.
Create a Focal Point for Pictures
To present your home online, choose a focal point for the photographer. The front door is a good choice for the front of the house. Paint the door a bold color that complements the color and style of your home. Add plants to frame the door and help bring attention to the entryway.
Other Ways to Boost Your Home’s Online Appeal
Make the patio and backyard deck look welcoming. Clean the lawn furniture and add throw pillows and an outdoor rug to make the space look comfortable. Remove ashes from the fire pit and stack firewood neatly for the pictures. Pressure wash the fencing and the driveway and walkways to remove dirt and grime. Wash the outdoor lighting fixtures and clean the globes. If you will be adding gravel to the driveway or repaving your concrete driveway, complete these projects before taking pictures.