HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HOUSE FOR A REAL ESTATE PHOTOSHOOT
To make the most of your real estate photo session, follow these preparation tips. Applying the following will ensure the final images show your house at its best for potential buyers.
General preparation in all areas:
[ ] 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 natural light in.
[ ] Remove and put away personalized items such as family photographs (replace with general landscape/art work)
[ ] Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring (please, remove bath mat)
[ ] Place all shoes, clothes and jackets in closets and dressers.
[ ] Close garage doors
[ ] Remove cars from driveway and front of home
[ ] Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves)
[ ] Remove empty planters
[ ] Remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames
[ ] Remove visible water hoses
[ ] Remove toys, sports balls and goals.
[ ] 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
[ ] Clear countertops completely. No knife blocks, baking supplies, mail, etc.
[ ] Leave out max of one small appliance (ex. coffee maker)
[ ] Clear refrigerator front of magnets, papers, photos, etc.
[ ] Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet
[ ] Remove dishes from sink, place in dishwasher
[ ] 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 Room/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
[ ] 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, personalized names from walls
[ ] Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos
[ ] 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 love them, but potential buyers might not, so keep evidence of any furry friends presence to a minimum.
[ ] 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