You only get one chance to make a first impression. Make
the most of it, by ensuring your client appreciates the importance of the images used in marketing the property. We will be photographing both the inside and outside of your home, including all of the major rooms. We normally do not photograph the garage unless it has special features. If you have special features of your home that are not obvious, please let us know about these so we can include them in the shoot.
The most important thing is to make sure the house is clean and decluttered. We may turn on lights or open or close blinds, but we ARE NOT STAGERS or CLEANERS. It is your responsibility as the agent to have the house prepared for the photo session. We recommend that you meet with your seller prior to the photo session to make sure they have prepared the house. That said, we know you can only prod your sellers so much to clean and declutter. So we are used to working in a wide variety of conditions and will do our best regardless of house condition to present the house in its best light.
Below is a preparation checklist to help you and your client prepare for a photo session with us:
Contain pets in the garage or out of sight
Residents should vacate all rooms and areas being photographed
Remove all vehicles from driveways and do not park directly in front of the house
Move garbage cans so they cannot be seen from the street
Remove all garden tools including hoses and sprinklers
Mow, rake yard, and remove all weeds from cracks in the concrete
Sweep driveways, sidewalks and patios
Remove the yard sign
When possible, water the grass 4-5 hours prior to shooting. Even a brown lawn will look better.
Clean mirrors and windows
Clear off counter tops in kitchen and bathroom areas
Remove photos, notes and papers from the refrigerator
Remove any calendars – calendars make a listing dated if it goes over 30 days
Turn on all interior lights
Turn off all ceiling fans, televisions, and computer monitors
De-clutter rooms which may be excessively furnished. They do not photograph well.
Make all beds and tidy bedrooms
Make sure all clothes are hung up, or put out of sight
Conceal cords! Unplug them from the wall if needed. (Except lights)
Replace any burned out light bulbs
No shoes by doors or anywhere… Please place them in the closet
Remove piles of newspapers and magazines
Tuck all indoor trash cans out of view in a closet or cupboard
Let us know if your home contains valuable works of art. We can edit photos to make these items unrecognizable.