How to Prep Your Listing for a Photo Shoot

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Presentation is key when selling a property through social media & mobile communication platforms. Many potential home-buyers start the house search online before they are ready to move. That is why hiring a professional real estate photographer, ME, is the essential first step to WOW your client, the home seller & entice buyers. Images to accentuate the home are vital when capturing the attention of buyers and making them want to inquire about the property you are selling.

 

Go a few steps further to make your listings stand out from the rest. Here are some tips I tell my clients.

 

1.      Rearrange the furniture. I like taking photos from the doorway areas and I use angles that show off the most natural light. I will also pick angles that highlight distinctive features of the room, like a fireplace or window bed. Keep all of this in mind and arrange the furniture that compliments the characteristics of the space.

 

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2.      Clear the clutter.  A buyer wants to see themselves in the listing. Having the homeowner declutter the house of the their personal touches is a must, so here are some tips for each room:

  • Kitchen: The counters should look as open as possible. Put away small appliances, stacks of paper, or dishes usually placed at the end of a counter; clear any magnets and hangings from the refrigerator; take away any child proof equipment, dish racks, cutting boards, soap bottles, cleaning products, and garbage cans, too.

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  • Living Room: Remove any personal touches, like family photographs and knickknacks; remove any magazines on tables, except for a coffee table book; if there is a bookshelf, they should remove half of the books and arrange the hardback and colorful books in a nice pattern.

  • Family Room: Collect any electronic items like TV remotes, video game systems, DVDs, and be sure to arrange electronic cords so that they are out of sight; remove any toys left in the room, too.

  • Dining Room: Arrange the chairs neatly around the table. Remove table cloths so the table is bare.

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  • Bedrooms: Like living rooms, it’s best to move all of your client’s personal touches out of the room, like photos, papers, and decorations; remove phone chargers, tissue boxes, jewelry, or anything left on nightstands; in kids’ or teenagers’ rooms, remove any posters or unique art; make all beds and neatly arrange decorative pillows to make beds look inviting.

  • Bathrooms: Remove all items from the counter like makeup, razors, soap, toothbrushes, and medications; in the shower or tub, remove shampoo, soap, washcloths, and baby toys; the garbage cans, bath mats, laundry baskets, and scales should be removed; adding decorative towels and closing the toilet lid are also a must.

 

3.      Clean up time. Every room in the home should not just be wiped-down-cleaned, it should be deep-cleaned. Hard water buildup, dirt, and smudges could all be visible in photos. So be sure to have your listing deep cleaned before I arrive.

 

4.      Let there be light. Having great lighting is excellent for taking photos. So, let all of the light in from the outside by opening up curtains and blinds in every room. Also, turn on any and all lamps and surface lights. Have your clients replace any burned out bulbs with high-wattage bulbs to make all rooms look brighter.

 

5.      No pets allowed. Pets should not be visible in any of the pictures. Ask your clients to make arrangements for their pets to be out of the way during my photo shoot.

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6.      Think about curb appeal. The home should look just as good on the outside as it does on the inside. After all, it is most likely the first photo a buyer will see of the listing. Here are a few things to ask your clients to do to help spruce up the outside:

  • Pick up any items lying around the yard

  • Move trash cans to a shed or garage

  • Mow the lawn and use the edging tools near cement

  • Trim trees and overgrown shrubs

  • Pull weeds

  • Cover dirt with mulch

  • Sweep the porch and sidewalks

  • Wipe down outdoor furniture

  • Move cars out of the driveway

 

Remember, that I am here to make your listing look great. So, the more you prepare the home before I arrive, the better the pictures will look.


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