From bad MLS photos to typos in listings, I know most home stagers have seen it all.
I found this funny clip from Ellen poking fun at bad real estate listings. Thought you’d enjoy these examples of what not to do when selling a home!
About Those Sad Real Estate Listing Photos
On a more serious note, what are the worst things you’ve seen real estate agents do after you’ve carefully staged one of your client’s homes?
My pet peeve is the real estate agent who walks into a home I’ve just carefully arranged for photography and throws his coat over a chair, leaves his shoes in the middle of the hallway, dumps papers all over the dining room table and then takes the listing shots!
I was absolutely livid when this happened. I honestly didn’t know what to say.
Clearly my home staging client‘s real estate agent had no concern for how the place looked in his own listing photos! Otherwise, why make a mess of all my staging? I had been there all day, obsessing over every tiny detail. Getting the angle of a chair, the roll of a towel, every piece of art just right.
The Realtor was oblivious to all of it. I guess to him it was “just” a real estate listing.
Perhaps it’s because I was born to be a stager, but I feel photography day is “show time!” When everything has to be just perfect. Every detail arranged to remind potential buyers that this could be their dream home.
With up to 90% of home buyers looking at a listing online before deciding whether they want to visit the house, those photos need to be free of distractions and showcase every room from it’s best angle.
Has this or similar happened to you when you’re staging a home before the real estate agent takes the listing photos? What are your pet peeves when you’re viewing a property online?