According to a recent survey, 89% of homebuyers who shop online, notice photos before anything, when looking for a home. Therefore, it is important to make good photographs to ensure that your listing makes a good first impression.
Your photos are going to be seen by a large number of online consumers, so making your listing stand out is crucial. Ensure that you promote your sale in the best light possible by planning ahead of time for the professional photography shoot.
Here is a list of ideas and tips on how to get your property ready for a professional photo shoot.
Inside the Home
- De-clutter as much as possible. Put away toys, clothing, dishes, towels, shoes etc. It’s a lot cheaper to put these things away before the photo shoot than to pay to have the photos “photoshopped”.
- Depersonalize to a certain degree. Photos of young children and any potentially offensive art (believe me, we’ve seen it all!) should be put away.
- Remove any seasonal/holiday decorations that can quickly outdate your photos.
- Dust and vacuum.
- Make all the beds (ironed sheets looks so much tidier), fluff all the pillows, and check the bed skirts.
- Clean the kitchen sink and put away all the dishes.
- Clear all kitchen countertops and put away toasters, can openers, etc.
- Clear all bathroom countertops and put away all personal items.
- Remove all shampoos, conditioners, body-washes, etc. from the shower.
- Put out a nicely folded guest towels and hide all the others.
- Hide all trash cans.
- Remove all magnets and decorations from the refrigerator.
- If there are pets, hide all food/water bowls, pet beds, and pet toys.
- Put all toilet seats and lids down.
- Replace all burned out light bulbs.
- Consider decorating the tables with your prettiest place settings.
- Consider putting out vases of fresh flowers and some fresh fruit in a bowl.
Outside the Home
- Have the grass trimmed, leaves raked, bushes and trees pruned.
- Clean up after any animal
- Put away all garbage cans, hoses, garden tools, toys, lilos, bikes etc.
- Hide any “cute” yard decorations.
- If there is a pool, hot tub, or spa, take any security gate down, uncover, and clean.
- If there will be any twilight photos taken, replace any broken lighting on the home, around the landscape, and in the pool.
- Open the umbrellas on any terrace sets.
- When in season, uncover grill of the bbq.
- Remove any seasonal/holiday decorations.
- Consider adding splashes of bright colored flowers to the landscape and in pots.
Right Before the Photographer Arrives
- Turn on ALL interior lights – even lights in furniture cabinets.
- Turn OFF all ceiling fans.
- Light fireplaces and candles.
- Open all blinds, shades, and curtains (equally).
- Clear all cars and vehicles from the driveway and the street in front of the home.
- Please secure any potentially aggressive animals in a safe location, away from all rooms being photographed.
There is one more thing to bring to your attention. Please place all valuables in a secure location, before the shoot takes place and also when having visitors to view the house. There will potentially be many people walking through your home, and valuables should be kept safe.