Think of your home as a movie set. What items will show its best angles? What things do you need to showcase so that the rest of your home will shine?
Do a Deep Clean
Before opening up your home to a virtual tour, make sure that it’s looking its best and cleanest. If your windows have streaks on them, you can DIY a cleaning solution of one part water and one part vinegar. Spray on your windows then gently wipe off in a circular motion using old newspapers or a similar material.
Make sure to get rid of the clutter piled on your tables and countertops. In the kitchen, stow away small appliances like toasters, blenders, and coffeemakers. If you have kids, return toys to their bins. Aim for tidiness, not perfection.
Look at your Lighting
Schedule virtual tours when your home is looking its best. Spend some time in your house and watch how the light changes. Make sure to set a time where the light in your house is soft, either early in the morning before 9 a.m., or late in the afternoon, after 4 p.m. You can also take photos or videos to test how your home registers at various times of the day. If your space looks dark in photos, it may be because your ceiling light is reflecting a yellow gleam.
Dig into the Details
Try to create interesting arrangements in each room with the judicious use of throw pillows, photographs, vases, or other existing objects. Make sure that your sheets are tucked in and that your carpet is clean. Potential buyers and their real estate agents have eagle eyes, so you’ll want to make sure that your home is tour-worthy, even virtually.
Control what People See
One of the great things about opening your home to a virtual tour is that you don’t have to show potential buyers every last nook and cranny. Focus on your home’s best features, like your awesome view or your fabulous kitchen. You can skip a panoramic view of your front lawn if the grass is a little patchy in areas or angle the camera in a way that makes areas of the house look especially inviting. Practice your walk-through if you plan on going live.
There are a number of Pasadena homes for sale right now, so you’ll want to make sure that yours stands out. If you follow these tips, you won’t need to be wary of opening up your home to a virtual tour. I’ll be more than happy to advise you in sprucing up your home.
Get in touch with me, Kathy Seuylemezian, at 818.949.5205 or [email protected]. You can also send me a message here. As a top-ranking professional who has served buyers and sellers for the past 16 years, I’d be more than happy to help you achieve your real estate goals.