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Vacant and Occupied Home Staging Security

Photos on MLS and Security 

Is your privacy secure when listing your vacant home?

Some rules of thumb include, keeping your address off the listing and the house number out of photos. You can also leave lighting on in the home in the evenings. Lamp timers are a great asset to add that security. Hardware stores carry them for around $12.00. If you are staging and listing with Jill, she provides them for all her vacant listings.

Avoid photographing empty closets also, because that way it’s not clear if the home is truly vacant. This is something you will need to direct the photographer to do, as they typically open closet doors to show them off.

It is also important, is to keep all sidewalks clear of snow. The yard should be maintained to make it appear occupied also. This includes collection of mail and yard garbage.

A occupied home should ensure that evidence of the owners occupation is concealed in photos and during showings. Things like removal of all diplomas, mail, awards and anything that would be a giveaway as to your home contents or financial status, are a good idea to remove.

Further to that, alarms need to be utilized if you have them. Agents will follow instructions to arm/disarm them.

If you have high end items make sure they are registered with a secure identification number, insurance and photos.  Things like appliances, television and sound systems, firearms, or jewelry. Keep all valuables out of sight in photos. Also, make sure that all firearms and jewelry are locked up for all viewings.

Photography for MLS

The best way to guarantee a good first impression is to stage the entire home. This is followed by a professional photography session.

I offer these services included in my Real Estate Re-Designed Marketing plan and can answer any questions you may have.

A cell phone camera is a bad idea to take real estate photos with! This is your largest asset and the first impression depends on good pictures.

As well, a Professional Staging Consultation will help you to understand how to create more square footage in your visual presentation. This makes a huge difference in the small MLS photo that a buyer first views.

Jill includes this in all her listing processes.

Real Estate Re-Designed Marketing

Jill Turgeon and her Husband Marc offer project planning and contractor management, painting, lighting and fixture updates, facelift renovations, professional photography and Staging.

To book a strategy call, with no obligation, click the calendar booking link below:

Email: or text/call 780-218-7444

Jill Turgeon

Real Estate Agent and RESA Award Winning Home Stager


RESA Award Winning Home Stager

*not intended to solicit listings already under contract

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