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Photography Prep - Getting Ready To Sell Your Home


By following these simple steps, you can be sure to have quality photographs and get your house sold for more money - quickly.

  • The home or property should be in ready to photograph condition. This includes blinds and window treatments. The photographer will not be able to assist with moving of objects, cleaning, or wait for objects to be moved or cleaning to occur.

  • Remove any objects in the front, sides, and rear of the property. If possible, have these areas newly mowed to be in the best shape possible. Remove cars, newspapers, lawn furniture, leaves, signage, and other objects.

  • Turn off all ceiling fans, televisions, or other moving objects.

  • Keep doors throughout the home open to add an inviting feel, sparking your clients' interest to see other parts of the home.

  • Have the bedrooms tidy with toys, jewelry, and personal objects stowed away; hampers closed and beds made.

  • Stainless steel appliances and reflective surfaces, like bathroom mirrors, should be spot free.

  • The kitchen counters should be open and clear of small appliances such as coffee pots, microwave ovens, and storage containers to add spaciousness to the area. The sink should be clear of dishes, dish soap, soap-holders, or dish racks. Additionally, the refrigerator exterior should be clear of all objects and personal effects.

  • Objects blocking windows should be moved. These can include furniture, plants, and window boxes. Well-lit rooms are easier for your clients to see the true colors of the environment, giving the space a more cheery feel.

  • Objects that can be seen as potential through-way barriers should be moved or stowed. Removing clutter is significant to your potential buyer.

  • Pets, food bowls, litter boxes, toys, and other effects should be concealed.

  • Showers should be clear of soaps and shampoos. You can decide whether you’d like to have the shower curtains or doors open to let the viewer see your fixtures. Bathrooms should be clear of toothbrushes, hair brushes, and containers. Toilet lids should be down.

  • Objects such as paintings, sculptures, or pieces of value can be blurred so as not to be seen in the photographs. Please alert the photographer at the time of the tour of any objects to be blurred.

    If you have any questions, I will be happy to assist you with recommendations.

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