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Cell Phone Pics for a Listing… NOT!!!!

Cell Phone Pics for a Listing… NOT!!!!

 

As I landed my most INCREDIBLE listing to date, the sellers wanted the Luxury Listing package.  As I saw what some of these things would cost, I rationalized that marketing will get this property sold QUICKLY.  They priced it very well.  I have to tell you, I’m in LOVE with this property.  I have a great Nikon wide angle lens and lighting.  I got some great pics.  BUT, were they good ENOUGH?

Fast forward to the first call to the “company approved photographer.” On first conversation, he told me he would be taking pictures with his iPad.  I almost lost it.  My husband says to calm down, and proceeds to find pics in Google, showing attached lenses and lighting.  Didn’t make me feel any better.  On the day of the shoot, I was relieved to see tripods and cameras, MANY of them!  No sight of an iPad.  This man was PREPARED!  He knew where the sun would rise and set, what time, how long we had for each part of the shoot.  As he started to work, out came the iPad, which was attached to the camera and lighting.  I was amazed to watch what he could do with it!

Herb Englesberg, Photographer
Herb Englesberg, Photographer
iPad for a photographer?
iPad for a photographer?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can’t even start to tell you the QUALITY of this man’s work.  Trust me, the money that you will spend on a shoot is worth EVERY PENNY.  He was at the house for almost 7 hours.  And we learned alot.I’ll be posting the pics when I get them from him on Tuesday.  I’ll even try to compare his to mine.  NOT!!!  Aaaaaaaanyways…

Herb Englesberg and Crusader
Herb Englesberg and Crusader

His name is Herb Englesberg.  He is AMAZING! He works out of Philadelphia, and can be reached.610-304-3138

 

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So, You’ve Decided To Sell Your Home…

So, You’ve Decided To Sell Your Home…

Ok, so you’ve decided to sell.  What next?

You’re going to need to become RUTHLESS.  Ruthless with CLEANING.  Ruthless with PURGING.  Ruthless with REPAIRS.  But most importantly…

You’re going to need to get a thicker skin.  Your Realtor may look at, and through your home, and probably going to tell you a ton of things you’re not going to like.  Like, that you need to remove things, and DE-PERSONALIZE.

Listen, it’s not that we don’t like your STUFF.  We may actually LIKE your STUFF, but a buyer can’t see THEIR STUFF in your house if all of YOUR STUFF is still there!  Your potential buyer need to be able to envision their personal belongings  in the house to really realizr that your home may be the one they want to buy…

So you’re gonna have to de-personalize.  De-clutter.  Clean clean CLEAN!  Get your stuff into boxes, out of the house, or at LEAST out of sight.  Boxes, closets, basement, garage, wherever.  Garage sale!  Free to a good home!  Just get rid of it.

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Next is repairs.  Guys, anything wrong with your home becomes BARGAINING LEVERAGE.  Read: LESS MONEY FOR YOUR HOME.  Don’t let stupid, easy, cheap to fix things like leaky faucets, broken locks on windows, missing door pulls, etc., bring down the price of your home.  Carpet stains?  Carpet smells?  Rent a steam cleaner and DO IT.  Pet smells are unacceptable.  You need to neutralize odors.

Lastly, curb appeal.  Guys, if you can’t get people to NOTICE your home, you won’t get them IN your home.  You need curb appeal.  Keep the grass mowed.  Keep the hedges trimmed.  Make sure all of your windows are clean.  If you can, power wash the exterior of the house.  Last, fresh paint on the window trim, door trim and the door, if it applies.  It’s an instant face lift for the house!  Maybe a seasonal plant or two on the porch.  Azaleas for a splash of color.

So, when you decide to sell, become ruthless!

~Christine Gerbehy

About the Author: Christine Gerbehy is a Realtor for Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach Realtors in Northfield, NJ. and is e-Pro certified. Realtor, writer, blogger, wife, mother and zookeeper, I LOVE what I do. ALL of it. Let me help you to buy or sell your property, ’cause This Mama Sells Real Estate!

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