Step 7 to Selling Your Home: Professional Photography

Step 7 to Selling Your Northern Virginia Home - Professional PhotographyWe hire the best photographers to take our listing photos, and it is their goal to show your home to buyers in the best way possible, emphasizing many of the points that you expressed as favorites. The appointment will take approximately 2-4 hours. While they are there, they will also create a floorplan so that buyers may see the space more clearly.

Tips for a successful photoshoot:

  • Remove pets from the home, or crate/kennel them during the appointment.
  • Hide all pet beds, bowls, toys, etc. Pets can be a turn off for buyers who may have allergies or other aversions to animals.
  • Make the bed.
  • Put away the dishes.
  • Turn on all lights, and make sure the bulbs are all working. Especially those in lamps.
  • The day before the appointment, take your own photos with your smartphone. If they look cluttered, declutter more. Even if it’s just temporarily putting things in cabinets, closets, and drawers.

We may move items around slightly for the best photos, please do not be surprised or upset to find things a little out of place. We do try to put things back as they were, but it’s not always possible.

With condos and planned communities, we often photograph the amenities of the community. If there is anything like a favorite park or activity nearby, let us know.

Virtual Tour

In addition to traditional photography. Each of our listings also includes a 3D Matterport virtual tour. The advantages of adding a virtual tour to your listing:

They Are Interactive and Viewer-Friendly: Virtual tours lets buyers explore your home independently. Potential buyers are able to visit each room they want to see. In each room, they can focus on the lighting, flooring or any other aspect that interest them.
Hold Attention: Virtual tours are better than still images along because virtual tours can keep the viewer glued to your listing for longer. As they explore each room, it’s easier for them to dream about buying and living in the house.
Create a Strong Sense of Ownership: The longer a buyer spends looking through different sections of a property, the more they can imagine themselves owning it. These tours can urge buyers toward making an offer.
Save Time: We are huge advocates of open houses. They allow potential buyers to walk through at their own pace without the concern of being on time for your next property. We share a link to the virtual tour with each open house visitor allowing them to take a second or third look at the property again on their own time.

It isn’t unusual to wait 48 hours for the return of completed photos, as soon as they are back from the photographer, we can go active in MLS. Your home is on the market!

Questions? Please give us a call at 703-539-2053 or email us at [email protected].

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Step 1: Hire a Realtor

Step 2: You’ve Hired Your Realtor. What’s next?

Step 3: Declutter and Stage!

Step 4: Conduct a Pre-Listing Inspection

Step 5: Repairs

Step 6: Deep Clean

Step 7: Professional Photography

Step 8: We’ll Pre-Market Your Home

Step 9: We’re live on MLS, now what?

Step 10: Putting your home listing on 3rd party sites (Zillow,, Trulia, etc.)

Step 11: Time for Showings

Step 12: Week One on the Market

Step 13: You’ve got your first offer!

Step 14: We couldn’t come to agreeable terms with the buyer. What now?

Step 15: Offer was accepted! Congrats!

Step 16: The Home Inspection Period

Step 17: Financing and Appraisal Contingency Period

Step 18: Select a Title Company

Step 19: Scheduling closing date

Step 20: Hire Movers, Start packing!

Step 21: Utilities Transfer

Step 22: Home Owner’s Insurance Cancelation

Step 23: Hire a Cleaning Service

Step 24: Buyer’s Mortgage Approval

Step 25: Final Walkthrough

Step 26: It’s Closing Time!

Step 27: Review Us

Abraham Walker, Your Realtor

About the Author: The above article was written by Abraham Walker, Your Alexandria Virginia Real Estate Agent, helping clients market their homes to achieve high sales with a quick closing time is my main priority.

He’s the co-founder of Ask A Walker and can be found on YouTube, Facebook, and HERE on this blog.

Abraham can be reached via email at [email protected] or by phone at (703)539-2053.

He’s happy to answer all your real estate questions.

Thinking of selling your home? Check out my 20+ step process to selling your home. Or contact me now to start the home selling process. Same day appointments are available on a case by case basis.

Your Alexandria, VA Realtor, Abraham Walker, helps people sell and buy real estate in the following Northern Virginia area cities & neighborhoods: Kingstowne, Island Creek, Cameron Station, Overlook, Alexandria, Old Town, Belle Haven, Fort Hunt, Mount Vernon, Springfield, West Springfield, Burke, Lorton, Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, Manassas, Annandale, Fairfax, Arlington, McLean, Reston, Herndon and of course Vienna.