Preparing a Home to be Photographed
Preparing your home to be photographed is very similar to preparing your home for a successful showing to potential buyers.
Here are some specific things you should do:
- Move cars out of the driveway.
- Put trash containers out of sight.
- Lawn freshly mowed and trimmed.
- Prune shrubs and trees.
- De-clutter – remove tools, toys, car parts, newspapers, etc.
- Touch up paint if necessary.
- If you have a patio with a picnic table, set the table with a colorful tablecloth and place settings. Open umbrellas.
- If you have a yard with a pool and lighting, pictures at dusk with the exterior lights on often show your yard at its best.
- Remove magnets, pictures etc. from the refrigerator.
- Pick up clothing, books, paper etc.
- Remove personal items (pictures, knick knacks, etc.)
- Remove excess furniture.
- Remove shampoo bottles, etc. from shower stalls
- Remove unnecessary items from vanity countertops
- Clean windows and mirrors.
- Set the Stage
- Use a tablecloth and place settings on the dining room and kitchen tables.
- Arrange colorful books and magazines on coffee table.
- Candles, flowers and coffee table art books add character.
- Be sure beds are made and clothes are put away. Extra pillows and a nice spread on the bed make very attractive pictures.
- Using indoor lighting and natural lighting with some flash (if necessary) usually results in the best indoor photographs. Be sure all light fixtures have bulbs that work.
- If your home has special features, be sure to tell the photographer. It may be those special features that sell your home.