Essential Items to Address Prior to a Shoot
Real Estate Photography is a carefully planned part of marketing your home. As is the preparation for the image you want your home to project whether through photos, video or showings. A little bit of de-cluttering, organization and cleaning can go along ways to shortening the time on market and the price a buyer may be willing to pay. Image is everything. People often think to themselves when looking at homes if they look clean or not. Dirty or cluttered homes can give the impression that a home may be poorly maintained. By following my guidelines below I'm sure you will find more people to be interested in your home. Remember people want to imagine themselves living in the home... not anyone else.
Exterior Front and back
Remove vehicles from driveway and garage. Park down the street.
Close and clean all windows.
Ensure screens are in good shape and not torn.
Pick-up yard debris
Store toys and bikes
Store garden tools and supplies
Remove all garden hoses and stow away
Straighten and arrange patio furniture, clean if necessary
Cover BBQ or place out of the way.
Interior Main Areas
Remove any personal items such as family photos
Remember, strangers from all over will be able to see them.
Remove all visible clutter
Open shades and curtains completely
Replace burned out light bulbs
Empty waste baskets if they have no lid
Vacuum carpets and rugs
Sweep and mop hard surfaces
Remove and store any paperwork, mail, bills, etc
Display small items such as books, centerpieces, etc
Turn off TV
Turn on every light
Remove all items from refrigerator door
Store all food in pantry or cabinets
Stow small appliances
Hide soaps, sponges and towels
Clear sink and counters of all dishes
Organize any items that are on open shelves or in glass door cabinets
Add a centerpeice
Set the table with dinerware
Perhaps add a couple candles and a bottle of wine, think of home magazines.
Hang fresh, matching towels
Eliminate any robes
Close toilet seat
Remove any personal items, shampoo, toothbrushes, soap, medications, etc
Make the beds
Arrange decorative pillows
Put all clothes away
Hide anything that can be seen under the bed
Clear any clutter
Clean any mirrors