How to prepare for real estate photography of your home
So you have just listed your property for lease or sale, and you have a savvy real estate agent who knows the right tools to sell or lease your home well. This will mean that you will definitely be having some professional real estate photography and/or video taken of your home.
But how exactly do you prepare for real estate photography? You’ve vacuumed and mopped, but what else could you be doing to ready your property for its upcoming photo or video shoot?
When preparing for real estate photography and film, it is important that you take some time setting up your home so that potential buyers or leasers can see your home looking its best. The goal is to create a stylish, generic house that the viewer could see themselves living in. By following these tips, you can increase the likelihood that you will be able to sell or lease your home more quickly.
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- Decluttering is a must when readying your home for real estate photography and film
- Remove personal effects such as photos, knickknacks and memorabilia where they appear throughout the home, as these items can be distracting and make it harder for the viewer to imagine their own items in the home.
- If you have a pet, stow away its bed and toys.
- Clean windows, dust surfaces, vacuum and mop floors
- Check that all the light bulbs are working
- The property photographer rarely photographs the garage, so this is a good place to put items you do not want seen in the photos or film.
In the lounge room…
- Collect TV and gaming remotes, DVDs, magazines and mail, and place out of sight.
- For that extra ‘wow’ factor: If you have a nice coffee table book, sit it out as decor on the table, and arrange some decorative pillows on the couch.
In the kitchen…
- Declutter countertops by putting away appliances, food, dish racks and cutting boards
- Place dish liquids, sponges and tea towels in the cupboard underneath the sink
- Remove magnets and other items off your fridge
- For that extra ‘wow’ factor: Freshen up the space with a bowl of fresh fruit
In the dining room….
- Dining table should be cleaned and cleared of any unnecessary items
- Arrange chairs neatly around the table
- For that extra ‘wow’ factor: Add a centrepiece, such as a decorative bowl, candelabras or a floral arrangement.
In the bedroom…
- Remove extra clothing from bedroom
- Make beds
- Remove bits and pieces sitting on the nightstand
- Do not hide clothing and other items under the bed
- Remove your car from the driveway or carport and park down the street if possible
- Move your bins so they are not visible
- Put away garden hoses, toys, and any other items lying around the yard
- Mow the lawn
- Sweep or clean the driveway and patio
Just before the photographer arrives
- Open curtains and blinds
- Turn on the ceiling fans.
- Make sure all lights are on, including lamps.
- Turn off the TV
Real Estate photos and videos are vital for creating a strong first impression of your home. You can play a direct role in making sure the process goes smoothly and your home looks its best. Remember it is not the property photographer’s job to clean up mess. Furthermore, there is only so much they can do with a house that is not properly prepared. If you house is not in a satisfactory condition you may be charged a cancellation fee. Alternative, you could end up with photos that will not look good on your listing. Therefore, the more you prepare for real estate photography before the photographer arrives, the better the photos are going to look. This will give you the best chance to sell or lease your home faster and at the right price.
We wish you the best of luck in selling your home! For more information, visit property photography.