Real Estate Pre-Shoot Checklist

Below please find several tips for a successful real estate photo shoot. We highly recommend that the agent arrive at the property 15 minutes before his or her scheduled appointment to verify that the home is photo-ready. If you have any further questions about preparing the property for your photo shoot, please contact us.

Interior Tips:

  • Turn on all interior lights and replace all non-working bulbs.
  • Lower blinds and keep them open.
  • If the windows have curtains, open them.
  • Vacuum carpets and clean tile/wood floors.
  • Fluff and straighten pillows on sofas and chairs.
  • Turn off televisions, computers, and all fans.
  • Unplug and hide all non-essential electrical cords.
  • Confirm all windows and mirrors are clean and streak free.
  • Make sure beds are made and are clean.
  • Light the fireplace if possible.
  • Close toilet lid and fold all towels in bathrooms.
  • Close shower door or curtain.
  • Remove and hide all toiletries, bar soaps, shampoos, etc.
  • Remove kitchen and bath mats.
  • Clean off counter tops in bathrooms and kitchen.
  • Place a bowl of fruit on the kitchen table or counter to add color.
  • Make sure dining room table and chairs are clean and straight.
  • Remove any clutter from exterior of refrigerator.
  • De-clutter the home by removing cleaning supplies, magazines, toys, etc.

Exterior Tips:

  • Cars need to be in the garage with doors closed.
  • No cars parked in driveway or front of the house.
  • Clean and sweep driveways, sidewalks and patios.
  • Hide trash cans, lawn and garden tools, etc..
  • Mow the yard and remove all lawn debris.
  • Disconnect and hide lawn hoses, if possible.
  • Remove all flags, hanging ornaments and home security signs.
  • Trim bushes, trees and plants to allow a clear view of the property.
  • Enhance curb appeal with landscaping and/or flowers.
  • Put patio umbrellas up and remove BBQ grill covers.
  • Clean swimming pool and put away cleaning equipment.
  • Close all windows and lower blinds to the same height.

For Best Results:

  • Please have your home cleaned, prepped and staged prior to your shoot.
  • Do not hold an “Open House” during your photo shoot.
  • Please communicate any special requests prior to your appointment.
  • Do not schedule any other workers at the same time of your shoot.
  • Arrive early for your appointment to make sure the home is in order.

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