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Preparing Your Home for a Professional Photo Shoot

General Guidelines

The photo-shoot should take no more than 1 hour (house bigger than 280 m2 may take more time). We will be photographing both the inside and outside of your home including all major rooms. You have a direct impact on how well your home will look in the photos by following these guidelines.
You can also download the home preparing checklist here. We also have a English version.

Exterior area:

  • Replace any burned out light bulbs in fixtures and lamps.
  • Remove all vehicles from driveways
  • Move garbage cans out of sight.
  • Remove all the clutter such as cans, garden tools, pool toys, etc
  • Clean the driveways, sidewalks and patios
  • Prepare the lawn by trimming the grass, taking out died plants and watering the plants
  • If you have a pool, remove the pool sweep, pool cleaning equipment and any pool toys.

Interior area:

  • Replace all burned out light bulbs
  • Turn on all interior lights and keep them on during the shooting session
  • Turn ceiling fans and televisions off.
  • Remove all the exposed items such as cables, newspapers, kid toys, personal photos, religion symbols, etc
  • Dust and vacuum all the rooms
  • Don’t leave any dirty dishes in the sink
  • Move all the trash cans
  • Clear off the counter-tops – toothbrushes, shavers, soap dishes, tissue & lotion dispensers, makeup mirrors, etc.
  • Windows, glass doors and mirrors should be cleaned
  • Open the blinds, shades and curtains if there have good views of the neighborhood
  • Fresh flowers can be used to decorate some rooms and fresh fruits to stage the kitchen
  • Please make sure pets are contained, their food cans and litter boxes away from the view while photographs are being made
  • Throw rugs and runners in entryways, kitchens, and bathrooms should be removed.

Some Additional Tips for:

The Home Exterior

  • Mow and rake yard.
  • Sweep driveways, sidewalks and patios.
  • Clean grease stains from driveway
  • Clear back yard of pet waste

The Living & Family Room

  • Remove piles of newspaper and magazines.
  • Hide all TV/Stereo remotes.
  • Conceal all exposed cables 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.
  • Plug in and turn nightstand lights ON

The Kitchen

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

The Dining Room

  • Set the table with your best China and dinnerware. (Optional)
  • Add a colorful centerpiece such as candles or flowers.
  • Remove child seats/booster chairs

The Bathrooms

  • 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

  • Contain pets in the garage or out of sight.
  • Place all shoes/jackets in closets

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