Home Staging - Curb Appeal AND Pix Appeal
Posted by Murphy Realty Group on Thursday, June 28th, 2012 at 4:26pm.
Everyone has their own individual taste and style, and when trying to sell your home, there’s one common factor, you want the home to show the best it can, make it as appealing as possible, and draw the potential buyer in. This has been more commonly known as “curb appeal” or the first impression a property conveys to potential buyers as they pull up in front. A house that looks unattractive from the street won't sell, as the mantra goes.
As the internet keeps growing, with social media websites exploding and more and more people browsing the web, a properties "pix appeal," or attractiveness in photos posted in online listings, is equally important. The latest study by the National Association of Realtors® revealed that more than 90% of home buyers started their search for properties online. In another study, more than 85% of the time, photos are the first thing looked at, and most important part of the listing, and poor quality pictures tend to turn people away. Photographs are powerful. Good ones can lure buyers in; poor ones can do the opposite.
Within recent years, the latest craze is all about home staging, as seen on some popular shows on HGTV. Many home staging tips include minor repairs and touch ups, re-painting if needed, or choosing neutral colors rather than too vibrant, or too dark, depersonalizing the home, cleaning up the clutter, and re-arranging furniture to keep the emphasis to showing the room size, rather than comfort. Now that you’ve got that done, you’re only half way there.
The next step is to take all of your hard work, and convey it in pictures for online marketing. One of my personal favorites is to look at a home for sale online, that has a never ending write up, yet only has one picture, or a small handful of photo’s, where it looks like the camera was zoomed in and face first to the wall or cabinets. This doesn’t do the home justice. In fact, many would say it does the home harm. If you’ve spent your time, money, and hard work into making your home sparkle, then it must be conveyed in the pictures posted to the listing online.
Murphy Realty Group puts your home in front of more potential buyers on the internet than any other Ulster County real estate broker. We understand the importance of online marketing and the power of “pix appeal”. We are always at the forefront in finding new places and methods to make your home stand out. If you’re interested in learning more, or thinking of selling your home, give us a call & see what an experienced, MLS Top Producing agent and our comprehensive marketing plan can do for you.
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