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How to Prepare your Home for Photographs

The time has come, and you’ve made the decision to put your property on the market. We all know that a picture tells a thousand words, and this is never truer than in property photographs. So how can you make sure that all eyes of potential buyers are drawn to your home? Read on…

 

  • De-clutter – when you’re preparing your home for photographs, the first place to start is to have an utterly ruthless de-clutter. Throw away anything that hasn’t been used or worn in a year, and donate your kids’ toys to charity if they’ve just been gathering dust under the bed. Once this is done, you can tidy away the rest of your belongings into wardrobes, chest of drawers and desks.
  • Scrub, scrub, and scrub again – there’s nothing more off putting to a potential viewer than seeing dirt or mould in a home photograph. Potential viewers want to imagine themselves in a fresh and clean home, plus seeing mould will make them worry of damp issues in the property. So, it’s time to don the Marigold gloves and scrub every inch of your home! Take special attention on skirting boards, sinks, baths and showers.
  • Take the dog for a walk – you love your pets, but potential viewers might not! Whether due to allergies, phobias or just not being an animal-lover, don’t risk putting anyone off by having your animals, or their toys, beds or bowls, in any of the photographs.
  • Keep it neutral – you need potential viewers to be able to imagine themselves living in your home, which can be tricky if the pictures are filled with thousands of photo canvasses and posters. Keep a couple of small personal photos out in hallways and living rooms, but clear bedroom walls of posters. This is particularly needed for teenagers’ bedrooms – whole walls dedicated to photos of their friends and favourite bands won’t help viewers imagine the room as their own!
  • Use some show home touches – we’ve all seen those show home pictures which are nothing like a home that anyone lives in, but we can’t help but love the aesthetics! Put some baked goods on your kitchen counter, arrange some beautiful blooms in your hallway and even put a bottle of fizz with some Champagne flutes set on your patio – it will all help to sell a desirable lifestyle to your potential buyers.
  • It’s what’s outside that counts too – with all the effort put into your home, don’t forget about your outside space. De-weed your driveway, prune your rose bushes, tidy all your equipment and the kids’ toys into the shed and, weather permitting, have the lawn freshly mown. If you need some inspiration on how to transform your outside space into an oasis, check our April blog on bringing gardens to life.

 

What are you waiting for? Book that photographer, and show off your home to its fullest potential!

How to Make the Most of Your Outdoor Space

Now that it’s May, the warmer weather is finally here (hopefully to stay!), so it’s time to start making the most of your outdoor space. No matter how small or large your garden is, whether it’s turf or patio, we can guarantee that it is possible to make it into an amazing outdoors oasis. With another bank holiday weekend to look forward to at the end of this month, we have a few ideas as to how you can achieve this, especially as we’re hoping the sun will be out. So grab your sun cream, put the barbeque coals on and dust off those old garden games, because it’ll be the last long weekend until the end of August, so make the most of it!

Naturally, many of us will spend the weekend indulging in delicious food, so make sure you have a luxurious seating area set up so that afterwards you can comfortably rest your food baby. Outdoor living areas are becoming an exterior must, with many homeowners opting to literally transform their patios and decking areas into a second lounge, pinning up curtains, investing in outdoor rugs and decorating rattan furniture with stylish rugs and throws. With the right furniture and personal touches, an outdoor area can quickly become a gloriously social area. Why not add home-made lanterns or candles too as additional features?

Now that the seating area is sorted, it’s time to start thinking about the most important aspect of the bank holiday weekend – alfresco dining. For those who follow a vegan or vegetarian diet, a barbeque can still be completely amenable. In fact, even for meat-eaters, vegan or vegetarian options can add a tasty and unique twist; consider adding dishes such as chickpea and sweetcorn burgers, grilled garlic corn and spicy cauliflower bites. Sides of grilled asparagus and pepper are deliciously complimentary – especially when topped off with a crumble of creamy feta cheese, but for those who just resist a bit of juice steak fresh of the grill, marinating the meat in olive oil, garlic, some dried chilli and a dash of fresh orange juice well in advance of the BBQ creates the most incredible flavours.

Of course no BBQ is complete without dessert. With fire pits becoming increasing popular, we’d recommend making your own s’mores – something which the kids can get involved with too –perfect for roasting marshmallows over as the day turns to dusk.

Finally, stock up on garden games; they are just as fun for adults as they are for children! From boules to swing-ball, there is nothing more refreshing than leaving the tablets, phones and remote controls inside for an evening. If you don’t have any outdoor games, preoccupy the entire family with DIY crafts, which could include decorating plant pots or building creature habitats.

With all these ideas in mind, the bank holiday is set to be filled with luxurious exteriors, exceptional food and fun for all the family. Now all that’s left to add is a tipple of your choice!