Monday, August 17, 2015

How To Prepare Your Home For Photos

Showcasing your home to sell is one of the most important aspects of the sale.
Your home has to be desirable to potential clients and allow them to see themselves living there.
Here are some tips to help you prepare for your photos and viewings.

1- Remove all clutter throughout the entire home.  Remove all personal items that you wouldn't want shown in the photos or virtual tour (family photos etc.) prior to the shoot.

2- Remove all magnets from the fridge and the kitchen.  Declutter your countertops (including all cloths, paper towel holders - anything you can) and remove the garbage cans, recycling bins, etc.

3- In the bedrooms, remove all personal items you do not wish to have photographed.  Have your beds neatly made and make sure that all surfaces are free and clear of clutter and personal items (kleenex etc.)  Remove any laundry baskets

4- When it comes to the bathrooms, make them as clean and bright as possible.  Remove all toiletry items from countertops and in the shower stall / tub area.  Hang fresh towels and put the toilet seat down.  Make sure to store away any appliances and toothbrushes and remove any hampers or dirty clothes (even the bath robe!)

5- Make sure all lights are on and all curtains are open to let the natural light shine in

6- We all know that to pet owners, their pet is a member of the family.  However, when it comes to showing your home it is best to have the pets away.  Pets should be put in their cage (or in a safe garage) during the photoshoot.  Pet cages, beds, and toys should be removed from living areas, as well as food dishes.  Pet hair should be swept/vacuumed prior to the shoot (including from furniture)

7- Outdoors is where the clients will see as they pull up, and the backyard is where they envision themselves relaxing or playing with their family or entertaining.  Clear your lawn and deck of all tools, toys, and any outdoor items.  Make sure your lawn is mowed and the trim neatly completed.  Remove weeds from any interlock, and ensure your gardens/flower pots are in showcase order.  Remove your car from the driveway and any garbage cans so they cannot be seen from the street.

Remember, a photographer is there to showcase your home, however they will not move items.  Be sure you have someone available to move things as needed.

"A Camera is a SAVE button for the mind's eye" - Roger Kingston

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