We work very hard at the Oldfather Group to give our clients a professional service and the best experience they can possibly have when buying or selling real estate here in beautiful coastal Delaware.

And one of the ways we do that is actually one of the cornerstones of our business model – we spend more time, more energy and, quite frankly, more money marketing the homes of our clients. We do this so they can get the best possible sales price for their properties.

How do we do that? Well, we do it in many ways, including radio and television advertising, managing several websites, by giving our agents more training and support than anyone else and by utilizing social media and other online outlets.

But one of the most important ways is through the photography and videography that we do on our properties, and that’s what we want to talk about here today. Specifically, we want to give property owners a few pointers on how to make their homes shine when it comes time for professional photos to be taken

We’ll also give you some visual examples along the way of how you can "make your home famous," as we like to say here at the Oldfather Group. If you’ve been following us online, or taken a tour of our properties, you likely know that we have one of the greatest photography staffs around, and that’s not by accident. Check out some of our photography staff's work below.

Also, while reading through this blog entry, you can click on any of the photos to learn more about that particular property. Or visit our Search Page at theoldfathergroup.com to view homes currently on the market in coastal Delaware.

Now, let’s get started. Here are our tips for getting the most out of photographing or filming your property prior to listing:

 General Tips:

  • DO store excess clutter in closets, in the garage or in the attic
  • DO remove personal items like family photos and children’s toys
  • DO organize visible electronics and appliances
  • DON’T vacuum. You don’t want those vacuum marks to be visible in your photos

Kitchen:

  • DO Take everything off of your refrigerator
  • DO remove dish racks, soap bottles, etc.
  • DO clean countertops and range hoods
  • DON’T leave unnecessary countertop items in plain sight
  • DO hide trash cans and pet food bowls
  • DON’T have unmatched or out of date appliances

Bathrooms:

  • DO remove all bottles of soap, shampoo, etc. from the shower
  • DO remove toothbrushes and personal care items
  • DON’T leave used towels and bathrobes strewn about
  • DO clean all glass and mirrors
  • DO refresh the toilet paper roll

Bedrooms:

  • DO take down out of place artwork, including movie posters
  • DO clean the floor, make the bed and put away personal items

Exterior:

  • DO place trashcans inside the garage or on the side of the home, away from the front door
  • DO cut the grass, clean up leaves, maybe lay some fresh mulch
  • DON’T have boat trailers or RVs in the driveway or the yard
  • DO remove clutter like garden gnomes, decorative flags, etc.
  • DO set up patio furniture, place the seat cushions, etc.
  • DON’T leave toys in the pool (if applicable)

Following these tips will ensure that the photographer (whether ours or someone else’s) can feature your home in the best possible light.

It also helps to put the pets away, turn off the televisions and other appliances and move all cars out of the driveway to allow for good exterior shots of the property.

In the end, the goal is to capture top-notch photos of your property to use in our marketing efforts. So we want your home to look it’s best throughout the process.

So please help us to help you. Thanks for reading!