Remove or minimize personal photos throughout your home
It is best to remove all of these before taking photos and during an open house, but having a few out during showings is usually not an issue
Also remove all items & magnets from your fridge
If you have 10 items on your mantel, cut it back to 5; if you have 5, cut down to 3.
Using this approach throughout your home will help shoppers focus on your home features and the available space versus how you've decorated or how little space there is.
This is especially helpful for kitchen counters - put away the toaster (and other small appliances) and minimize how much storage you have displayed.
Open all of your closets & tidy them up
If you've been stashing all the items from your decluttering in closets, make sure they are neatly boxed or packed away so the closet is not overflowing
Even closets can be staged - make sure you remove empty hangers, tidy up drawers, and leave 10-20% of the hanging space free
Closets packed to the brim give the impression there is not enough space
Choose three top features to emphasize
What made you buy this house in the first place? Where do you spend most of your time? Have you made any improvements? What do you love most about the outside? The inside? Is there something unique about your home compared to others in the neighborhood?
Make sure that the person taking your photos knows what your top 3 features are so they don't miss getting a photo of them.
Tackle your clutter with our helpful Decluttering Check List:
Editor's Note: This post was originally published in September 2017 and has been updated to reflect the most accurate information.