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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Take Outdoor Pictures of Your Home Now In Case You Sell in Winter

By JIM SMITH, Realtor®

I just signed a listing agreement with a seller who doesn’t want his home on the market for a few months, but his front and backyard are so much more beautiful now than they will be in the winter, so we’re shooting the exterior pictures this week.

It’s impossible to know what the future holds for you, so even if you have no plans to put your home on the market, take that smartphone out of your pocket and shoot some exterior pictures with flowers in bloom and trees leafed out, just in case you need to sell your home at a less beautiful time of year.
I have so appreciated it when I list a home in the winter and a seller provides me with photos of the beautiful flowers and trees at prettier times of the year. 
The terrible flooding in Texas suggests another reason to pull out that camera.  Homeowners (and renters) were able to escape their flooded homes with little more than the clothes on their backs and their pets — and probably their smartphones. At least their destroyed possessions will be there for the insurance adjuster to see, but what if it were a fire and there were only ashes when they returned?
Take this opportunity to shoot pictures or a video of each room in your house, recording all your possessions that could be lost in a fire or other catastrophe. If your cell phone pictures are backed up in “the cloud,” it won’t even matter if your cell phone is lost. Go ahead, shoot those pix and videos today.

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