Generally speaking, the closer your home can look like a Pottery Barn catalog, the better, when it comes to Real Estate Photography.
Inside the Home
- De-clutter as much as possible.
- Put away toys, clothing, dishes, towels, shoes etc.
- It’s a lot cheaper to put these things away before the photo shoot than to pay to have the photos “photoshopped”.
- Depersonalize to a certain degree; minimize personal photos if possible
- Photos of young children and any potentially offensive art should be put away.
- Remove any seasonal/holiday decorations that can quickly out-date your photos.
- Dust and vacuum.
- Make all the beds, fluff all the pillows, and check the bed skirts.
- Make sure there are no bins or other storage items under your beds - the camera is lower than your eyes and will likely see them.
- Clean the kitchen sink and put away all the dishes.
- Clear all kitchen counter tops and put away toasters, can openers, etc.
- Clear all bathroom counter tops and put away all personal items.
- Remove all shampoos, conditioners, body-washes, etc. from the shower.
- Put out the guest towels and hide all the others.
- Hide all trash cans.
- Remove all magnets and decorations from the refrigerator.
- If there are pets, hide all food/water bowls, pet beds, and pet toys.
- Put all toilet seats and lids down.
- Replace all burned out light bulbs, and make sure they are all the same color (warm/cool white)
- Consider decorating the tables with your prettiest place settings.
- Consider putting out vases of fresh flowers.
Outside the Home
- Have the lawn trimmed, leaves raked, bushes and trees pruned.
- Clean up after any animal Put away all garbage cans, hoses, garden tools, toys, bikes etc.
- Hide any “cute” yard decorations.
- In snowy climates, shovel snow from walkways, driveways, patios, decks when necessary.
- If there is a pool, hot tub, or spa, take any security gate down, uncover, and clean.
- If there will be any twilight photos taken, replace any broken lighting on the home, around the landscape, and in the pool.
- Open the umbrellas on any patio sets.
- When in season, uncover grills.
- Remove any seasonal/holiday decorations.
- Consider adding splashes of bright colored flowers to the landscape and in pots.
- If there are any garbage cans visible on the outside, put them in the garage or otherwise out of the way.
Right Before the Photographer Arrives
- Turn OFF all interior lights - our photographers use their own lights.
- Turn OFF all ceiling fans.
- Light fireplaces and candles.
- Open all blinds, shades, and curtains.
- Clear all cars and vehicles from the driveway and the street in front of the home.
- Please secure all animals in a safe location, away from all rooms being photographed.
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 real estate photography, and note that I am not responsible and will not partake in any of the following duties while photographing your home:
I Do Not:
- Move or re-arrange furniture
- Make beds, clean, dust or de-clutter
- Pick up toys or yard items
- "Photoshop" vehicles, walls, damaged walls, power lines, wall pictures, cords, etc.
- Touch personal bathroom supplies (shampoo, toothbrushes, deodorant, towels)