Prepping Your Home for Photography to Maximize Photo Potential
GENERAL (Tips for all areas of the home)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.
Online “curb appeal” - the front exterior is usually the first photo buyers see Close garage doors Remove cars from driveway and front of the home (leave this until last minute so nobody else parks there.) Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves) Remove empty planters Use a broom to remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames Remove visible water hoses Remove toys, sports balls, basketball goals, soccer goals, etc.
The backyard should be an oasis 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 can
Clear countertops completely. No knife blocks, baking supplies, mail, etc. Leave out a 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 the sink, place in dishwasher.
DINING ROOM / TABLE
Allow buyers to imagine a nice family meal - Clear table, dust, and polish the table top Use decorative place setting if available Feature one centerpiece such as a bouquet of flowers Straighten all chairs and space them evenly Remove child seats/booster chairs.
LIVING / FAMILY ROOM
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.
A good nights rest recharges the body and mind 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 Cleanunder bed, removing items that may show in the photos.
Don’t forget about guest bedrooms Remove personalized names from walls Remove wall stickers/posters Remove diaper genies Clean under the bed, removing items that may show in the photos.
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 presence should be minimized. 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 Clear backyard of pet waste/toys Selling your home is like selling a product - it must be marketed correctly to reach a specific buyer. Although your furnishings and decor are great for your lifestyle, it’s important to optimize your home for the future buyer. A professional home stager can provide you with a consultation to help you prepare your home for sale and make sure your home shows at its best online through the photographs.
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.
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Images are delivered in two formats. One copy is print ready @300 DPI and the other is MLS website compliant @72 DPI with a file size of 1.8mb. This will make the images the best quality and razor sharp.
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