Photography Prep - Getting Ready

The goal of real estate photography is for your client to imagine this is their home or property. By following these simple steps, you can be sure to have the highest quality photographs for your prospective buyers.

  • 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 on all lights to illuminate the rooms being photographed.

  • 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.

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