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Preparing Your Home for a Photo Shoot & Showings

September 17, 2016 | Rebecca Malowany

You can have a direct impact on how well your home will look in the professional photographs and during showings by following these guidelines.

Your Home’s Exterior

  • Remove all vehicles from driveways and do not park directly in front of the house.
  • Move garbage cans out of sight.
  • Remove all garden tools including hoses and sprinklers.
  • Remove all children’s toys, bikes, etc.
  • If you have a pool, make sure it is clean and free of any floats, toys, etc.
  • Mow, weed and rake yard.
  • Sweep or blow-off driveways, sidewalks and patios.

Your Home’s General Interior

  • Declutter rooms which may be excessively furnished or decorated (bric-a brac, artificial flowers, personal photos etc.)
  • Throw rugs and runners in entryways, kitchens, and bathrooms should be removed.
  • Remove all shoes – store away in closets.
  • Replace any burned out light bulbs in fixtures and lamps. 

The Living & Family Room

  • Remove piles of newspaper and magazines.
  • Hide all TV/Stereo remotes.
  • Conceal all exposed cables and chords as best possible.
  • Remove clutter, personal photos, etc. from bookshelves tables and cabinets.
  • Tuck trash cans out of view in a closet or cupboard.

The Bedrooms

  • Make all beds and tidy bedrooms.
  • Clothes hung, or folded and put away.
  • Remove items from bedside tables–books, magazines, pictures, clock radios, etc.

The Kitchen

  • Clear off counter tops and remove any appliances, i.e. toasters, coffee pots, knife blocks.
  • Remove photos, magnets, notes and papers from the refrigerator.
  • Clean the major appliances- make them sparkle- refrigerator, oven, range hood, and wipe down all countertops.

The Dining Room

  • Clean dining room table.
  • Set the table with your best China and dinnerware.(Optional)
  • Add a colorful centerpiece such as candles or flowers. (Optional)

The Bathrooms

  • Clear off and clean the countertops.  Remove toothbrushes, shavers, soap dishes, tissue & lotion dispensers, makeup mirrors, etc.
  • Remove shampoo and other products from the shower/tub area.
  • All toilet seats should be down and lid closed.
  • Mirrors should be clean.

The Final Touches on the Day of the Photo Shoot

  • Contain pets in the garage or out of sight.
  • Turn on all interior lights.
  • Turn ceiling fans and televisions off.

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