Home Preparation

Home Preparation
Prepare your home for photographs and videos

For the best photos prepare your home
Are you worried about the way your house looks when it is photographed or videoed? Do you want to take better pictures of your home for a real estate listing but don’t know where to start? Here are some tips that will help you make adjustments and prepare your home for photographs. Preparation sets up everything for the photo shoot so it is an essential part of the process.

Prepare the exterior
  • Sweep and clean outdoor space and walkways
  • Wash the windows and doors
  • Clean and straighten the outdoor furniture
  • Upgrade your landscaping by removing dead plants, branches and mowing the lawn
  • Store away unnecessary clutter such as outdoor tools,trash bins, garden hoses, toys, bike, etc
  • It is best to park vehicles away from the house or in the garage during the photo shoot
Prepare the Interior
  • Clean, Vacuum and wipe everything right before a shot is being taken
  • Properly clean all windows as they will affect the lighting
  • Remove personal items such as photos, and name
  • Store away unnecessary clutter such as envelopes, remote controls, random pens, toys
  • Turn off televisions, computers, and other devices
  • Make good use of props and staging
Living area
  • Clean and declutter the fireplace
  • Organize your furniture and accessories
  • Organize your bookshelves and items on display
  • Arrange furniture pillows, use colorful pillows if possible
  • Clear the living area of magazines, papers, mail, toys, etc
  • Make the bed properly and remove wrinkles, and put in decorative pillows if possible
  • Remove all family photos and personal items
  • Organize the dresser and the closet
  • Clean and organize your children’s rooms and remove clutter
  • Remove all clutter, and items underneath the bed if they can be seen
  • Clean surfaces and appliances on display
  • Remove the dishes from sinks
  • Completely clear the countertops
  • Clear the outside of the refrigerator of magnets, papers, and photos
  • Hide the garbage cans
  • Close the toilet lids
  • Remove countertop items
  • Clean and wash mirrors, sinks, tubs, floor, and walls
  • De-clutter your toilet by storing away brushes, plungers, and wastebaskets
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