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10 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Real Estate Photos

Friday, December 16, 2022   /   by Laura Larson

10 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Real Estate Photos

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You're ready to list and sell your house. Congratulations! However, according to Drew Larrigan, a professional real estate photography manager, there are ten crucial recommendations to consider before getting your house ready for photography. In his words, "by adhering to these recommendations, you're putting your photographer and listing in the best possible position to succeed."
 
Are you prepared to give your home a close-up? Make sure you address these top 10 items before anyone starts taking pictures.
 
1. Driveway clearance
Ask yourself if all of the cars are out of the driveway before starting any photography. Ensure the yard storage pod does not obstruct the house's front entrance. Finish all the jobs you contracted out before your house is photographed. All of this guarantees that we can adequately showcase your beautiful property.
 
2. Store things in a garage.
Use your garage as a place to store things. Since most buyers do not consider garages to be decisive spaces, we normally do not photograph them. For that reason, it's the ideal location for storage. Use it to conceal bulky goods and garbage cans, and of course, your automobile can be pulled in it as well.
 
3. Eliminate exterior debris
Clean up all outdoor debris, store everyday items like rakes, and roll up your lawn hoses. If you have outdoor furniture, arrange it tastefully and get it ready to host dinner. The curb appeal is quite important during a photo session.
 
4. Refresh landscaping
Mow the lawn and update the landscaping. Although one's perception of beauty may differ from another's, and various buyers may have varied tastes, freshly maintained landscaping will produce better pictures and outcomes.
 
5. Clear personal stuff from surfaces.
Clean every surface inside the house. If you use your counters to charge your phones and keep messages and notes, everything should be put away and organized before the photographer arrives. The same goes for the refrigerator; make sure all magnets bearing pictures of people's faces, friends, and kids are taken off. By doing so, the photographer can spend more time highlighting your home rather than removing magnets or removing people's faces from images.
 
6. Clean up the restroom
Be sure the toilet seat covers are down in the restroom. Privacy concerns are important, as the restroom is where we usually store personal items like toothbrushes and loofahs as well as medications. By clearing the restroom, the photographer can avoid having to clean up people's private belongings, which is a time-consuming task.
 
7. Prepare windows and lights
When all of the windows are spotlessly clean and the window shades and blinds are drawn, window images tend to be absolutely amazing. Lighting is no different. Given that we always have the lights on when taking images, it is simple to get the bulbs checked or replaced before we arrive.
 
8. Plan ahead for pets
We constantly urge people to be cautious of pets and their possessions. On the day of the photo shoot, have a strategy for your pets. Don't expect the photographer to be able to work around a dog by just locking them in a room.
 
9. Tidy up the entire house.
Make your bed, clear the countertop as discussed, and take the time to finish the last pass before the photographer arrives as part of a typical home refresh before shooting. This provides an opportunity for your house to be completely prepared for photography.
 
10. Make your neighbors aware.
If you are listing your house and a photographer will be visiting, especially if drones will be used, make sure your neighbors are informed. Drones can lead to conflict and privacy concerns, therefore we need to exercise caution. We've encountered situations when uninformed neighbors phoned the police. Smooth shooting depends on attentiveness and communication.