I am spending WAY too much time looking through MLS (Multiple Listing Service) for our new home in Virginia. I’ve also started taking the courses required to take the exam for a real estate license. Needless to say, real estate is on my brain.
As I pore through listing after listing, I either click off the listing right away because of the horrible photos or I stay around to look through all of the images. I wanted to share some of the best of the best.
How NOT to stage your house for the MLS.
Some of these make me scratch my head and ask … who is their realtor? Isn’t it their job to make the house look as standout as possible? I understand that not everyone wants to take EVERY suggestion for staging a home, but some of these are just … crazy.
First up, do you think they cut the heart into the yard just for the listing photos? Or is that part of their everyday normal?
So I have a suggestion. Instead of weirdly blurring out the faces of your naked babies, how about just taking down the photos?
I can’t even discuss the Taylor Swift love happening in this room.
This one doesn’t speak to the staging of the home, but the original construction. This staircase would make for an AWESOME prom photo setting, but otherwise? Not sure I get it.
Turn on the lights, folks!
Random guy checking out the toilet. Next time, ask him to kindly step out of the photo.
I know they can’t do anything about this for the photos of the home, but maybe just leave OUT the photo of the pink tub?
No to the kitty litter box. If I see a kitty litter box, I am going to assume that the house smells like cat pee.
Remove 75% of the kitchen utensils before your photos. Oh, and the baskets on the beams. Those maybe could go also.
Helpful hint, you can move things like hat racks and shoe cubbies to another room JUST for the photos … and then move them right back inside!
What? Really? Two dudes in the pool for a MLS listing photo?
Going back to the things you can remove temporarily for the photos … laundry definitely falls on the list of things that should be removed.
Make the beds.
I could say quite a bit, but the magnets should definitely go from the refrigerator. Also, the knives from next to the window!
Put the toilet lid down!
Ok, that’s it for now, although as I continue looking at hundreds of houses, I can’t promise I won’t have more photos in my arsenal!
Which of the offenders is your favorite?
(Note: I thought about doing this post AFTER I saw a listing with a bedroom with full chalkboard wall with “The devil is in me” written on it). No joke.