Complete Guide to Preparing For a Real Estate Photoshoot
How to prepare a house for a real estate photoshoot in 2022.
Preparing your home for a real estate photoshoot may seem like a chore but it is a crucial part of the listing process. It is important to remember that the pictures taken on the day of your photoshoot will be seen by hundreds or thousands of potential buyers online. Ensuring that your home looks it's best will not only help the photographer take amazing pictures but will more importantly attract more buyers to the property.
Below you will find a complete checklist for preparing a home for a real estate photoshoot inside and out. Each section will break down the steps you need to take so each part of your home looks it's best on photo day.
At a minimum, your home must look clean and organized.
Declutter countertops and tables of all non-decorative items.
Remove all personal items, photographs and religious items.
Ensure all light fixtures turn on and have a working bulb.
Park vehicles away from the front of the house or in the garage.
Freshen up landscaping (cut lawn, remove dead plants, add fresh mulch, etc.)
Sweep outdoor spaces and walkways.
Remove any landscaping/pool equipment, toys, debris, and pet waste.
Store any seasonal décor, flags, and yard signs
Clean windows and glass door
Clean siding and remove any foliage from roof and gutters.
Straighten outdoor furniture and uncover grill.
Clean pool and turn on any water features
Turn on all lights and ensure all bulbs are working.
Use all the same temperature bulbs if possible.
Open blinds and curtains, natural light is always best.
Turn off all television screens and monitors
Clear countertops and remove all clutter.
Clean windows and mirrors
Vacuum carpets and clean floors
Keep garbage cans out of sight
Hide any cables, remotes, and chargers
Turn off fans
Store any toys, games or pet items
Remove small floor rugs to show the actual floor
Remove excess furnishings, seasonal décor, and knick-knacks
Keep pets out of the way during shoot
Store any evidence of pets (food, bowls, etc.)
Remove dirty dishes, food, etc.
Clean countertops and appliances and clear any personal items on refrigerator.
Remove small appliances from counter (toasters, blenders, etc.)
Hide soaps, towels, cleaning items, dish racks, etc.
Organize open shelves
Organize shelves and minimize knick-knacks
Set tables with simple place settings
Remove personal items and photographs
Hide all remotes, chargers and accessories
Tidy couch and pillow
Make all beds and remove clutter underneath if visible
Store clothing and shoes, tidy closets
Declutter bedside tables
Close toilet lids and store toilet items (plungers, brushes, etc.)
Clear countertops completely (No soap, medication, toothbrushes, etc.)
Remove bath and shower items. Shower curtains will be open in pictures.
Place fresh towels
In general, ensure that your home looks it's best on picture taking day. By properly preparing your home not only will your real estate photoshoot be a breeze but you will have knocked of a huge check of the home selling checklist.