Pictures are Worth 1,000 Words

“You only get one first impression”

Everyone’s heard the saying, and it applies to real estate as well.  84% of home buyers start their home search online and 42% of buyers actually find the home they purchased from the Internet.  Since real estate now relies so heavily on computers, your first showing is online.  It’s just as important to have great photos as it is to prepare for a private home showing.

Have your home prepped and ready for the photographer.  If needed, staging can help with furniture placement.  Keep your home in a neutral color palette so the home’s best features stand out. Eliminate personal pieces.  Pick up all miscellaneous items – a good rule of thumb is to keep 3 decorations or less per table/shelf.  Declutter, depersonalize, and brighten.



After all the house prep, it’s up to quality pictures seal the deal.  That’s why, at no charge to the seller, I have a professional photographer take photos of my listings.  Since the first impression of your home is online, we don’t want to miss out on a buyer due to poor photos.  It’s imperative to have both good content (i.e., staging) and quality pictures (i.e., a professional).

Hampton Roads Real-e-statement is written by Alyssa Godwin, a Realtor with Liz Moore and Associates. For questions regarding buying or selling contact Alyssa at 757-329-6161 or You can also find Alyssa on Facebook or on the web at