MAKING YOUR HOUSE SHOOT-READY
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR UPCOMING PHOTO SHOOT
Because our goal is to give you excellent, professional photos, we have provided some tips below to help you prepare your photo shoot. These include many commonly overlooked items. We hope you find them helpful.
WHY PREP YOUR HOUSE FOR YOUR PHOTO SHOOT?
Potential buyers start their home search online and you are competing for their attention amongst all the other homes up for sale. If your home is prepped properly for the photoshoot the images will look much better. Better photographs will give the viewer a higher perceived value for your 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 (VERY IMPORTANT!)
- Use bulbs of the same temperature (VERY IMPORTANT! – ALL incandescent or ALL LED 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 and remember wrinkles will show up
- Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring
- Place all shoes/jackets in closets, coat in entryways or hallways hooks should be clear of items
Curb Appeal – This is usually the first photo buyers will see
- 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.
This is a place for relaxing
- 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
For many this is the focal point of the house – where everyone gathers
- 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
A place for the family to get together for special events
- 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
Where the family spends time together
- 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
Where you go to sleep and awake refreshed
- 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
- Remove personalized names from walls
- Remove wall stickers/posters
- Remove diaper genies
This must be clean and 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
We all love our pets – their 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
- Contain pets in hidden crate or outside
- Clear back yard of pet waste/toys
Following these tips will help us give you the best possible photos
The house should be shoot-ready when I arrive
Hi I’m John Eskey, owner and photographer of ProShots LLC Real Estate Photography service. I am excited to photograph your home!
I want your images to look their best and this requires we both do our job to accomplish the great online presence your home deserves.
Although I would love to help you style/design your home, I unfortunately do not have the skill set required to do so. When I arrive to take photos of your property, I ask that all staging and cleaning be done prior to my arrival. To efficiently maintain my busy schedule and deliver the level of service my clients expect, I 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 the photoshoot.