Photos of your home are what potential buyers will see first on the MLS or Internet. It is important to correctly stage and prep a home prior to the arrival of the photographer. Photographers are on a tight schedule to complete jobs and do not have the time to clean or stage homes. If you need help we suggest using a professional staging company trained in this area. Your home should be clean and bright as for an open house. Remember, LESS IS MORE!! Open space and cleared counters, tables and furniture make rooms look bigger and more inviting.
If you choose to handle this task yourself start by walking through the home to insure all areas to be photographed are ready to be shot. Stand in each corner of a room or space to see how the room or space looks. Remove all unwanted items from the room that you do not want in a photo.
List of things to look for:
Outside: Toys, Garden tools and hoses, trash cans, and pool toys. Remove pool cleaner hose. Have lawn mowed and bushes trimmed. For a evening shoot, be certain that outside and pool lighting are working.
Inside: Put away excess items, open space is best. Turn on all lighting, check that all bulbs work, and that bulbs match for even lighting. Open all blinds and pull up shades to make your house look bright and inviting. Wash windows.
Kitchen: Remove hand towels, paper towel rolls, cleaning supplies. Clear counters and sinks. Put away small appliances such as can openers and blenders. Clear magnets and post-its from the fridge.
Living room: Remove remotes, magazines, pet beds and blankets, arrange cushions, open blinds or curtains.
Bedrooms: Make beds, clear personal items from nightstands. Open blinds.
Bathrooms: Put away personal items (toothbrushes, razors, soap, shampoo, etc), pick up rugs, and arrange towels. Clean mirrors and shower glass.
Additionally, put away shoes, pet items, food bowls, cables, wires and remotes, toys, excess photos or personal items on the floors or walls. Add some color by putting some plants or flowers in strategic places. Have fireplaces and candles lit. Clean windows and all items that need it. Photos show everything.
Remember, make it OPEN HOUSE READY!!
Photographs copyright Brent Haywood Photography