Prepping Your Home For Real Estate Photos

WHY BOTHER?

Simple. Because your first showing happens online. Your photos didn’t catch the eye of your potential buyer on the internet? Forget about seeing them walk through your door. First impressions count! Follow these steps to prepare you home for real estate photoshoot. (YOU CAN ALWAYS SCHEDULE YOUR PHOTOS NOW: (470) 420-4237)

 

LET’S BEGIN! HERE’RE SOME GENERAL TIPS

Thoroughly clean whole house (vacuum carpet, mop hard floors, clean countertops, clean windows)
Turn all overhead lights and lamps ON
Replace all burned out light bulbs
Use bulbs of the same temperature (ALL incandescent or ALL compact fluorescent)
Turn all ceiling fans OFF
Turn all TVs OFF
Turn all computer screens OFF
Open blinds/window treatments to let in outside light
Remove personal photographs (or replace with general landscape/object photographs)
Make all beds
Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring
Place all shoes/jackets in closets

 

EXTERIOR

Often the first photo your buyer will see is an exterior shot. Think curb appeal!

Close garage doors
Remove cars from driveway and front of home
Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves)
Remove empty planters
Use broom to remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames
Remove visible water hoses
Remove toys, sports balls, basketball goals, soccer goals, etc.

 

BACK YARD
It’s a peaceful place to relax!

Clean porch, tidy up outdoor tables/chairs/cushions
Pillows/cushions should be fresh, not faded
Clear out kid’s toys, balls, frisbees, etc.
Clean pool
Remove pool vacuum/cleaner hose
Hide pool cleaning supplies
Turn on pool fountains/water features
Remove visible water hoses
Remove trash cans

 

KITCHEN
People spend a lot of time looking at kitchen shots. This is where yes or no decisions are often made.

Clear countertops completely. No knife blocks, baking supplies, mail, etc.

Leave out max of one small appliance (ex. coffee maker)

Clear outside of refrigerator of magnets, papers, photos, etc.

Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet

Remove dishes from sink, place in dishwasher

 

DINING ROOM
Let them imagine a nice family meal here!

Clear table, dust and polish the table top

Use decorative place setting if available

Feature one center piece such as a bouquet of flowers

Straighten all chairs and space them evenly

Remove child seats/booster chairs

 

LIVING/FAMILY ROOM
Place to rest and entertain

Remove stacks of magazines, papers, mail, etc.

De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth (no more than 5 items, including art)

Clean interior of fireplace and re-paint if needed

Fluff and arrange furniture pillows

Remove kid’s toys

 

MASTER BEDROOM

Make bed, including decorative pillows/shams if available

Press bed linens and bed skirts

Clear nightstands of all personal items

Store away phone/tablet charging cables

Remove all clutter from top of dressers

Remove family photos from walls

Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos

 

GUEST/KID ROOM

Remove personalized names from walls
Remove wall stickers/posters
Remove diaper genies
Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos

 

BATHROOMS

To be spa-like the bathroom must be clear of all personal items

Clear countertops completely. No soap, toothbrushes, medications, deodorant, etc.
Put toilet seats down
Close closet doors
Remove shampoo, soap, loofahs, etc. from showers and tubs
Remove dirty towels – leave out only new, unused towels
Remove floor mats

 

PETS

We love pets! But their presence should be minimal during the photoshoot

Place food and water bowls in pantry or closet
Place pet beds/toys in pantry or closet
Use lint roller on furniture to remove pet hair
Contain pets in hidden crate or outside
Clear back yard of pet waste/toys

 

THE HOUSE SHOULD BE SHOOT-READY WHEN WE ARRIVE

We look forward to taking photos of your home!

We want the photos of your home to be the best they can be. This requires teamwork and cooperation that will result in an outstanding online presence when your home goes LIVE on the market.
When we arrive to take photos of your property, we ask that all staging and cleaning be done prior to our arrival. To efficiently maintain our busy schedule and deliver the level of service our clients expect, we can not spend unnecessary time at the home waiting for it to be cleaned, dusted, de-cluttered, etc.
Please review the previous sections for tips on preparing your home for real estate photography, and note that we are not responsible and will not partake in any of the following duties while photographing your home:

WE DO NOT:

Move or re-arrange furniture
Make beds, clean, dust or de-clutter
Pick up toys or yard items
Touch personal bathroom supplies (shampoo, toothbrushes, deodorant, towels)

“Photoshopping” out vehicles, walls, damaged walls, power lines, wall pictures, cords is sometimes possible at additional charge.

SCHEDULE PHOTOS NOW: (470) 420-4237

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