Prepping Your Home

To Maximize Photo Potential.

WELCOME HOMEOWNERS

 

WHY PREP FOR PHOTOS?

Make the first impression count

 

ONLINE:

It's where buyers start - The majority of home buyers start their search online, so it is important to make the first impression count!

Follow these tips to prepare your home for the best real estate photos possible.

 

GENERAL - TIPS FOR ALL AREAS IN THE HOME

• Thoroughly clean whole house (vacuum carpet, mop hard floors, clean counter-tops, clean windows)

• Turn all overhead lights and lamps ON

• Replace all burned out light bulbs

• Use bulbs of the same temperature (ALL incandescent or ALL compact fluorescent)

• Turn all ceiling fans OFF

• Turn all TVs OFF

• Turn all computer screens OFF

• Open blinds/window treatments to let in outside light

• Remove personal photographs (or replace with general landscape/object photographs)

• Make all beds

• Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring

• Place all shoes/jackets in closets

EXTERIOR - “CURB APPEAL” AND A RELAXING OASIS

• Close garage doors

• Remove cars from driveway and front of home

• Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves)

• Remove empty planters

• Use broom to remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames

• Remove visible water hoses

• Remove toys, sports balls, basketball goals, soccer goals, etc.

 

 

BACK YARD - AN OASIS TO RELAX

• Clean porch, tidy up outdoor tables/chairs /cushions

• Pillows/cushions should be fresh, not faded

• Clear out kid's toys, balls, frisbees, etc.

• Clean pool

• Remove pool vacuum/cleaner hose

• Hide pool cleaning supplies

• Turn on pool fountains/water features

• Remove visible water hoses

• Remove trash cans

 

 

KITCHEN - DESERVES ATTENTION TO DETAIL,

OFTEN TIMES THE FOCAL POINT

• Clear counter-tops completely. No knife blocks, baking supplies, mail, etc.

• Leave out max of one small appliance (ex. coffee maker)

• Clear outside of refrigerator of magnets, papers, photos, etc.

• Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet

• Remove dishes from sink, place in dishwasher

 

 

LIVING / FAMILY ROOM - THE SPACE TO ENJOY QUALITY TIME WITH FAMILY

• Remove stacks of magazines, papers, mail, etc.

• De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth (no more than 5 items, including art)

• Clean interior of fireplace and re-paint if needed

• Fluff and arrange furniture pillows

• Remove kid's toys

 

 

DINING ROOM / TABLE - ALLOW BUYERS TO IMAGINE THEIR FAMILY MEAL

• Clear table, dust and polish the table top

• Use decorative place setting if available

• Feature one center piece such as a bouquet of flowers

• Straighten all chairs and space them evenly

• Remove child seats/booster chairs

 

 

MASTER BEDROOM - A GOOD NIGHTS REST RECHARGES THE BODY & MIND

• Make bed, including decorative pillows/shams if available

• Press bed linens and bed skirts

• Clear nightstands of all personal items

• Store away phone/tablet charging cables

• Remove all clutter from top of dressers

• Remove family photos from walls

• Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos

 

 

KID / GUEST BEDROOM - A RESTING PLACE FOR THOSE YOU CARE ABOUT

• Remove personalized names from walls

• Remove wall stickers/posters

 

 

BATHROOMS - SPA-LIKE & CLEAR OF ALL PERSONAL ITEMS

• Clear counter-tops completely. No soap, toothbrushes, medications, deodorant, etc.

• Put toilet seats down

• Close closet doors

• Remove shampoo, soap, loofahs, etc. from showers and tubs

• Remove dirty towels - leave out only new, unused towels

• Remove floor mats

 

 

PETS - YOU LOVE YOUR PETS, BUT THEIR PRESENCE SHOULD BE MINIMIZED

• Place food and water bowls in pantry or closet

• Place pet beds/toys in pantry or closet

• Use lint roller on furniture to remove pet hair

• Contain pets in hidden crate or outside

• Clear back yard of pet waste/toys

 

 

WHAT TO EXPECT? Expectations During the Photo Shoot

Hi I am Phillip Brock, with Write Now Marketing. I look forward to taking photos of your home! I want the photos of your home to be the best they can be. This requires teamwork and cooperation that will result in an outstanding online presence when your home goes LIVE on the market. Although I would love to help you style/design your home, I unfortunately do not have the skill set required to do so. When I arrive to take photos of your property, I ASK THAT ALL STAGING AND CLEANING BE DONE PRIOR TO MY ARRIVAL. To efficiently maintain on schedule and deliver the level of service our clients expect, we must be ready to start taking photos of the home immediately upon my arrival.

 

 

Please review the previous sections for tips on preparing your home for real estate photography.

 

 

We cannot partake in any of the following duties while photographing your home:

 

We cannot:

• "Photoshop" vehicles, walls, damaged walls, power lines, wall pictures, cords, etc.

• Touch personal bathroom supplies (shampoo, toothbrushes, deodorant, towels)

• Move or re-arrange furniture

• Make beds, clean, dust or de-clutter

• Pick up toys or yard items

• Remove diaper genies

• Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos

 

Thank you and we look forward to photographing your beautiful home!

 

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