PREPARING FOR YOUR HOME’S PHOTOSHOOT
We’ve taken everything we’ve learned in photographing and marketing properties and compiled the list below to help prepare properties for photo shoots. In our experience, following the checklist below will ensure that your property is as marketable as possible. We totally understand you can’t do EVERYTHING so just use this as a guide and do the best you can.
Please make sure that the following items are completed prior to your photographer arriving onsite.
All interior and exterior lights on, including floor lamps, table lamps, under-cabinet lighting, stove-top lighting, bedside lamps, ceiling fan lights, and other secondary light sources.
Ensure that all light bulbs work. Replace any burnt out bulbs.
Remove all non-decorative items from counters. (dish soap, paper towels, phones, cleaning supplies, etc.)
Remove magnets, photos, kids artwork etc. from the refrigerator.
Lower all toilet seats.
Clear countertops of non-decorative items.
Remove toiletries from bath/shower area.
(curtains/door are often opened to show off tiling/fixtures)
FRONT AND BACK YARDS
Take down flags.
Put hoses and other equipment away, organize patio/deck.
Pick up pet waste, put away garbage bins, and generally clean up yard.
Freshly-cut lawn and landscaping in good shape.
Keep pets out of the way during the shoot.
(in the backyard, garage or unfinished basement, for example)
Put away pet supplies, including food/water bowls, crates, toys, etc.
Open curtains/blinds all the way in every room.
Ensure that no vehicles are in the driveway or on the street in front of the home.
Close garage doors.
Let the next door neighbors on both sides know about the scheduled shoot so that they can ensure their yards are clean, cars are out of the driveway, and garage doors are closed. (I know, just try if you can :))
If available, place unobtrusive decorative items on counters and tables – examples include fresh flowers, bowls of fresh fruit, pottery, vases, and new candles.
Remove all holiday decor – examples include Pumpkins, Christmas trees, menorahs, Christmas lights, wreaths from the front door, etc.
Remove any and all yard signs. If we have already placed a FOR SALE sign in your yard, call us so someone can get it out before the pictures.
Turn ceiling fans off.
Put all personal items away.
Generally make the house as clean as possible.