HOW TO PREPARE A HOME FOR REAL ESTATE PHOTOS

HOW TO PREPARE A HOME FOR REAL ESTATE PHOTOS

HOW TO PREPARE A HOME FOR REAL ESTATE PHOTOS

HOW TO PREPARE A HOME FOR REAL ESTATE PHOTOS

WHAT SHOULD WE DO TO PREPARE THE HOME FOR THE SHOOT?


At a minimum, the house should look clean and organized.

De-cluttering counter tops of personal items go a long way to making a home look open and inviting. Smaller things like removing visible garbage cans can also make the house look cleaner.

Bright, artificially colored packaging, like on cereal boxes and shampoo bottles are also very distracting to the eye.

Perhaps most important, check to ensure every light fixture in the home turns on with a working light bulb. 

Here are a few guidelines to help you prepare a home for photography:

How To Get Your Home Ready For A Real Estate Photography Shoot

First, we would like to say thank you for the opportunity to do real estate photography for you.

Most real estate photography photo shoots can be about 1 hour. The list checklist below is to help you make the most out of your real estate photography photo shoot.

The intent of the list for preparing your home for Real Estate photography is meant to help you save time and use this opportunity to make your home look the best for marketing opportunities.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Real Estate Photography Checklist for Owners and Agents

EXPECTATIONS FOR THE PHOTO SHOOT

House should be Real Estate Photography shoot-ready when the photographer arrives.

We want the Real Estate Photos of your home to be the best.

This requires work that will result in an outstanding online presence when your home goes on the market for sale.

Although we would like to help you style/design your home, unfortunately, do not have the skill set required to do so.

When Real Estate Photographer arrives to take the photos of your property, we ask that all staging and the cleaning be done before the Real Estate Photogher arrive arrivals.

To efficiently maintain our busy schedule and deliver the level of service our clients expect, we can not spend unnecessary time at the home waiting for it to be cleaned, dusted, de-cluttered, etc.

Please review the previous sections for tips on preparing your home for real estate photography, and note that we are not responsible and will not partake in any of the following duties while photographing your home:

Photographers are not able to…

  • Move or re-arrange furniture

  • Make beds, clean, dust or de-clutter

  • Pick up toys or yard items

  • "Photoshop" vehicles, walls, damaged walls, power lines, wall pictures, cords, etc.

  • Touch personal bathroom supplies shampoo, toothbrushes, deodorant, towels...

FIRST IMPRESSION COUNT

The majority of home buyers start their search online, so it is important to make the first impression count!

Follow these tips to prepare your home for the best real estate photos possible.

TIPS FOR ALL AREAS IN THE HOME

  • Clean the whole house vacuum carpet, mop hard floors clean

  • Clean counter tops

  • Clean windows.

  • Turn all overhead lights and lamps on.

  • Replace all burned out light bulbs.

  • Use bulbs of the same temperature with all incandescent or all t fluorescent light.

  • Turn off all ceiling fans

  • Turn all TVs and computer screens off.

  • Open blinds/window treatments to some let in outside light.

  • Mini blinds should be slightly open tilted to the ceiling pushing the reflected light up towards the ceiling. You want the glare of the sun to reflect back outside.

  • Remove personal photographs you can replace the photos with general. Landscape photographs.

  • Make all beds.

  • Remove all small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring in all room.

  • Place all shoes/jackets in closets.

Exterior

  • Remove all cars from view of windows and driveways.

  • Please do not park cars directly in front of the home.

  • We do not want your cars to be in view.

  • The cars will detract from the real estate photography.

  • We want to all eyes on your home that is for sale.

  • No flags or door decorations please. Door mats and flags should be removed and stored in the garage.

  • Remove bicycles - boats - garbage cans - water hoses - alarm signs and also dead plants.

  • Sweep off patio decks and walkways.

  • Remove fallen limbs from the yard.

  • If you have patio cushions, please arrange them neatly on the patio furniture.

  • If they are faded and worn it is best to go without the cushions.

  • Remove all grill covers.

  • Grills should be cleaned and ready for photos.

  • Interior Real Estate Photography:

  • All lights need to be turned on and all light bulbs working.

  • Curtains should be open.

  • A mini blind should be slightly opened and turn down for real estate photography.

  • Please remove all soap sponges drying racks dirty dishes and food off the countertops.

  • All garbage cans should be out of sight. - put them in the garage

  • All towels should be removed from appliances.

  • Remove everything from exterior of the refrigerator doors and sides. For example calendars magnets and photos.

  • All pet items and pet foods should be out of sight.

  • Please plan to confine pets to a room.

  • Please attempt to hide all chords for your electronics as best as possible.

  • Clean mirrors and shower doors.

  • If you feel that the room is too dark, you may want to add a lamp to brighten the room up.

  • Please remove all small area rugs. If you have hardwood floors, it is best to show them off.

  • Remove all remote controls place in drawers or under pillows.

  • Please make sure items that are under beds are not the scene from a distance.

Interior

  • All lights need to be turned on and all light bulbs working.

  • Curtains should be open.

  • A mini blind should be slightly opened and turn down for real estate photography.

  • Please remove all soap sponges drying racks dirty dishes and food off the countertops.

  • All garbage cans should be out of sight.

  • All towels should be removed from appliances.

  • Remove everything from exterior of the refrigerator doors and sides. For example calendars magnets and photos.

  • All pet items and pet foods should be out of sight.

  • Please plan to confine pets to a room.

  • Please attempt to hide all chords for your electronics as best as possible.

  • Clean mirrors and shower doors.

  • If you feel that the room is too dark, you may want to add a lamp to brighten the room up.

  • Please remove all small area rugs. If you have hardwood floors, it is best to show them off.

  • Remove all remote controls place in drawers or under pillows.

  • Please make sure Items that are under beds are not the scene from a distance.

  • Real estate photographer will be there about an hour doing photos of the front yard all major rooms and the backyard.

Pets

  • Food and the water bowls in the closet area.

  • Pet beds/toys in pantry or closet.

  • Use a lint roller on furniture to remove the hair.

  • Contain pets in a out of site crate or outside.

  • Clear back yard of pet waste/toys.

Typical Photo Shoot List - listed in order

  • 3 or 4 photos front of the property

  • 2 Entrance

  • 4 Living room

  • 2 Dining room

  • 4 Kitchen

  • 1 Hallway bathroom

  • 3 Master bedroom

  • 2 Master bathroom

  • 1 All other bedrooms

  • 1 Hallway bathroom

  • 3 or 4 shots of the backyard

Note:

No photos will be taken inside garages or inside closets.

REAL ESTATE PHOTOS Examples

 
How long will it take to photograph my property?

The amount of time required to properly photograph a home or commercial building can vary greatly.  The biggest factor is the size of the property.  As a general guideline plan on about 1 hour.  But many large homes and commercial or retail buildings can take longer for photography. 

The time required for your photo shoot can be discussed at the time you book it.

Be Prepared to Reschedule

Photographers work around the weather. Because weather has such a strong impact on the final marketing materials for the home. It is not possible to fly drones, take photos and get footage if it is raining and windy.

Be prepared to have your contact agent call and reschedule your photo shoot if the weather is bad. If a professional determines we should wait, trust them that it is for the best.

Be Prepared to Leave for an Hour

We use imaging technology that will photo every part of the home and yard. If you have pets or little one‘s running through the house during a photo shoot, they are likely to be in the photos or video.

Please the photographer a non-occupied space to work with. This will help the photographer move faster and create better work for you by not getting distracted while working.

Even if people just shuffling from room to room to "stay out of the way", it is very distracting and some time you will show up in the photos. You will get the most out of the marketing process if the home is unoccupied.

When your professional photographer/videographer has conpleted, they will usually message the Realtor to let them know that they are done. Most shoots take only 1-hour.