Real Estate Photography Checklist

Below are guidelines that you may find useful in staging the home in preparation for the photography shoot. These suggestions should be completed prior to the photography shoot as this will ensure beautiful results as well as an efficient use of everyone’s time. Please let us know if there are some special features that you want to include or areas you want excluded. Unfinished basements, attics or garages are not usually photographed, unless requested.

Remove all vehicles from the driveway. Make sure the garage doors are closed. Do not park cars in front of the house.
Remove trash cans, garden tools, garden hoses and sprinklers from view.
Sweep/Blow the driveways, patios, and sidewalks.
Put deck/patio umbrellas up in season (if not too windy) and remove barbecue covers and place out of sight.
All window blinds should be set to the same height. I will open and close as needed.
Mow the lawn, clean up any yard debris, store mower out of sight.
Bushes and trees trimmed to show a clear view of the house.
Enhance curb appeal with a front door wreath, pots of greenery or fresh flowers in season.

~Make sure all lights and lamps have working light bulbs.
~Clear off counter tops in the kitchen and bathrooms, removing tissue boxes, soap containers and paper towel rolls.
~A bowl of Apples, Oranges, Lemons or Limes adds a nice touch of color to a kitchen counter.
~Remove all notes, pictures and magnets from the refrigerator and any bulletin boards
~Turn off ceiling fans.
~Put away any evidence of “work”, including buckets, mops, trash cans, vacuum cleaners, sponges, soap bottles and cleaning cloths.
~Hide the Kitchen trash can – the garage is usually a good place to store it temporarily.
~Pet beds, feeding bowls and toys temporarily stored out of sight. Secure pets.
~Remove newspapers, stacks of magazines and all TV/video remotes.
~Windows and mirrors cleaned and streak free.
~Carpets vacuumed, wood floors polished.
~Beds freshly made, wrinkle free and straight. Props can include, blankets, throws, small vase of flowers, and small picture frames. You can add freshly   folded towels in bathrooms or a natural sponge by the tub with a few bath accessories
~Items to remove would be the clock, phone, answering machine etc. Minimize wires and electronics.
~De-clutter and De-personalize so your buyer can imagine living in their new home!

Final Thoughts:
Children and pets are particularly inquisitive. Please be aware that their will be very expensive lighting and camera equipment around and that it is requested that they stay at a distance from the space being photographed.
Please be aware that we will be occupying their space for no less then 1 hour and usually no more then 3 hours, depending on the amount of rooms being photographed and the preparedness of the rooms.

Thank you for your attention as this helps to ensure the photo shoot runs smoothly and on time.
Deborah Scannell

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