Congratulations on your decision to sell your home and hiring a photographer to capture it! In the words of Elsa, "Let it go!". Studies have shown that buyers choose the homes they want to see based on the quality and quantity of pictures they see online. In order for me to get the best possible images of your home, I’ll need your help. Here are some things you can do to prepare your home for a photo shoot:
**Great tips for the whole home**
Thoroughly clean whole house (vacuum carpet, mop hard floors, clean countertops, clean windows)
Turn all overhead lights and lamps ON
Replace all burned out light bulbs
It would be great if you can use bulbs of the same temperature (ALL incandescent or ALL compact fluorescent)
Turn all ceiling fans OFF
Turn all TVs OFF
Turn all computer screens OFF
Open blinds/window treatments to let in outside light
Remove personal photographs (or replace with general landscape/object photographs)
Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring
Place all shoes/jackets in closets
If the garage has some cool shelving, I will probably photograph it
**Get that curb appeal!**
Close garage doors
Remove cars from driveway and front of home
Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves)
Remove empty planters
Use broom to remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames
Tidy up those water hoses
Remove toys, sports balls, basketball goals, soccer goals, etc.
Clean porch, tidy up outdoor tables/chairs/cushions
**This includes everything inside. The goal is to make it shine!**
Clear countertops completely. No knife blocks, baking supplies, mail, etc.
Leave out max of one or two small appliances (ex. coffee maker)
Clear outside of refrigerator of magnets, papers, photos, etc.
Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet
Remove dishes from sink, place in dishwasher
Clear table, dust and polish the table top
Use decorative place setting if available, also do this on countertops with seating if you can!
Feature one center piece such as a bouquet of flowers
Straighten all chairs and space them evenly
Remove child seats/booster chairs
Remove stacks of magazines, papers, mail, etc.
De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth
Clean interior of fireplace
Fluff and arrange furniture pillows
Remove kid's toys (at least half, I have small kids, I know it's hard, but after you move think of how much they will love their "new" toys!)
Make beds, including decorative pillows/shams if available
Clear nightstands of all personal items
Store away phone/tablet charging cables
Remove all clutter from top of dressers
Remove family photos from walls
Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos
Remove wall stickers/posters
If the closets are awesome walk-ins, I will probably photograph them so try and keep them tidy
Clear countertops completely. No soap, toothbrushes, medications, deodorant, etc.
Put toilet seats down
Close closet doors
Remove shampoo, soap, loofahs, etc. from showers and tubs
Remove dirty towels - leave out only new, unused towels, folded towels. Hanging towels on a hook makes them look used.
Remove floor mats
Place food and water bowls in pantry or closet
Place pet beds/toys in the garage if possible
Use lint roller on furniture to remove pet hair
Keep your pets in hidden crate or outside, but remember, I need to photograph outside too
Clear back yard of land mines and toys
As much as I would love to help you stage your home, I am not quite as talented in that aspect. So here is a short list of things I don't do:
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, dirty clothes)