What To Do Before Your Photo Appointment
The purpose of the photos is to let the potential buyer see themselves in the home and to show off the home's best features; a lot of "stuff" can distract from those features. The following generalized list will aide in achieving a positive outcome. It is suggested to start this several days prior to your scheduled photo appointment.
Replace all burned out light bulbs both inside and outside the house. New type white/daylight bulbs are best for photos.
Hide the clutter.
Remove excess furnishings and knick-knacks from rooms. Large amounts of furniture and decorations do not generally photograph well and can distract from the homes features.
Pick up throw rugs and runners in entryways, kitchens, and bathrooms so that the floor can be clearly seen.
Wash the windows, if possible, remove sunscreens.
Vacuum, mop and dust.
Remove all vehicles from the driveways and do not park directly in front of the house.
Move garbage and recycling cans out of sight.
Remove all garden tools, hoses, and clutter.
Pick up after your pets.
Mow the grass, rake up leaves and debris, pull weeds and remove any dead vegetation.
Sweep driveways, sidewalks and patios.
Swimming Pools and Spas:
Sweep dirt off the bottom and skim off the debris floating on top.
Remove the cover, pool sweep, floating chlorine dispenser and pool toys.
Straighten lounge chairs, put away cleaning tools
Turn on any pool water features.
Living & Family Room:
- Conceal exposed cables and cords as best that you can.
Remove clutter, personal photos, toys, magazines, remotes, etc.
Dust and vacuum. Dust can show in a photograph.
Wash any glass surfaces including table tops, cabinet doors and windows. Smudges and dirt on glass will be noticeable in the photographs.
Straighten pillows and throws.
Make the beds neatly.
Tidy up, dust and vacuum.
Remove items from bedside tables, books, magazines, pictures, clock radios, etc.
In the secondary rooms put excess toys/items out of sight, take posters and drawings off the walls, etc.
Kitchen and Dining:
Put small appliances, knife blocks and kitchen gadgets away and off the counters
Remove photos, notes, papers and magnets from the refrigerator.
Clean the major appliances, refrigerator, oven, stove top, range hood, and dishwasher.
Wipe down the counter tops.
Don't leave any dirty dishes in the sink or sponges, dish towels, dish soap or the like near the sink.
Move trash cans out of site.
Dust the furniture and vacuum the floors.
Clear off the counter tops; toiletries, tissues, hair products, just about everything should be put away.
Remove personal care products and children's bath toys from the shower and tub.
Close the lid on the toilets.
Mirrors and shower doors should be clean.
Day of your photo shoot:
- Turn on lights, turn off fans.
- Open blinds, shades and curtains.
- Remove vehicles from driveways
- Hide city trash and recycle bins
- Turn on any pool water features.