Why Prep for Photos?
Over 85% of homebuyers start their search online. it is imperative to make the first impression count. Follow these tips to prepare your home for the best real estate photos possible.
- Tips for all areas in the home -
Thoroughly clean entire 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 monitors OFF
Open blinds/window treatments to perpendicular positions
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
Use broom to remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames
Remove visible water hoses
Remove toys, sports balls, kid’s toys, etc.
Hide trash cans behind bushes or in garage
Close garage doors
Remove cars from driveway and front of home
Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves)
Remove empty planters
The back yard should be an oasis to relax
Clean porch and wipe clean outdoor tables, chairs & cushions
Pillows and cushions should be clean and not show sun fade
Clear out kid’s toys, balls, pet evidence and alike
Clean pool and remove vacuum
Hide pool cleaning supplies
Turn on pool fountains/water features
Remove trash cans
Sometimes the focal point, the kitchen deserves attention to detail
Clear countertops completely
Leave out no more than one appliance, a fruit bowl, and a couple other decorative pieces, which include contrasting colors
Clear outside of refrigerator of magnets, papers, photos, etc.
Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet
Remove dishes from sink, place in dishwasher
Clean all stainless steel appliances and leave no wipe marks
DINING ROOM & DINING AREA
Allow buyers to imagine a nice family meal
Clear table, dust and polish the table top
Use decorative place setting if available
Feature one center piece such as a bouquet of flowers
Remove child seats/booster chairs
Align all chairs uniformly with table and each other
Align table directly under over-lamp
Straighten all chairs and space them evenly
The space to enjoy conversation and spend quality time with family & friends
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
Center rug with furniture
Hide remote controls and electric wires
A good night’s 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
Clean under bed, removing items that may show in photos
Rotate bed lamps so stitching is facing towards wall
Every guest deserves a good night’s sleep
Remove personalized names from walls
Remove wall stickers/posters
Clean under bed, removing items that may show in photos
- Typically, secondary rooms are smaller, thus the importance of de-cluttering is more important to show the space and potential of new furniture
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. PLEASE!
Close all doors
Remove shampoos, soaps, loofahs, etc. from showers and tubs
Remove used towels – leave out only new,unused towels. Decorate towels with 1 hand towel over 1 large towel and place on rack. Fold outside edges in
Remove floor mats
Clean mirrors and wipe away any marks
Most love pets as they’re loving and part of the family, but their presence should be minimized
Pets. What pets?
Place all food and water bowls in pantry or closet
Use lint roller on furniture to remove pet hairs
Contain pets in hidden crate or outside
Clear back yard of pet waste/toys
Be cognizant of the fact that a potential buyer might be allergic to pets or be put-off buying your home due to a potential scent you might be used to
WHAT TO EXPECT
Expectation During the Photo Shoot
Hi, I’m Gil Levy, Owner & Photographer of Framed Listings RE & Commercial Photography and Video Solutions. My only goal is to be an extension of your hard-working agent’s marketing efforts by making your home appear beautiful, realistic and pleasing to the potential buyer.
As I want the photos of your home to be the best they can be, I ask that you take some time and check off as many suggestions as I’ve written above. In order for you to get the highest offer possible, teamwork and cooperation from all parties involved is required in this process.
Although I would love to help you stage and design your home, I unfortunately do not have the skill set required to do so. When I arrive to take photos of your home, I ask that all staging and cleaning is complete prior to my arrival.
To efficiently maintain my busy schedule and deliver the level of service my clients expect, I only set aside a few extra minutes at every location. As I go above and beyond my call of duty on every location, I’d prefer to not have to touch your personal belongings or move furniture around if unnecessary.
I appreciate your cooperation and efforts in advance. You have my promise to showcase your home in the best light possible and I look forward to doing just that!
Shall you have any questions or concerns prior to our scheduled shoot, don’t hesitate to contact your agent or myself.
Framed Listings RE & Commercial Photography and Video Solutions