Make the Most of your Shoot
Following the guide and recommendations below will ensure a great shoot.
-Move vehicles from driveway and away from the front of home
-Place trash cans, and anything that is not attached to the home, in the Garage or out of sight.
-Cut grass, and remove all weeds from cracks in concrete
-Clean the Windows
-When possible, water the grass 4-5 hours prior to shooting- Even a brown lawn will look better.
-In the winter shovel the walk and driveway
-Remove any Calendars. - Calendars make a listing dated if it goes over 30 days.
-Clear all counter tops. - No scrubbies, Soap, knives or cutting boards.
-Okay to leave 1-2 small appliances for size perception, but more than that can be distracting.
-Clear the Refrigerator completely. - No magnets, pictures, lists etc...
-Clean shiny appliances very well - Dirty appliances will look smudged with flash cameras.
-Remove Trashcan from Kitchen.
-Toilet lids must be down.
-Clear the Counter-top from absolutely every item considered to be personal.
-Remove cleaning brushes and trashcans.
-Close Shower Curtains. If custom tiled bath, showcase with shower curtain half-open.
-Remove Toilet Paper from Holder, or use a full roll. No partial Rolls please.
-Open all drapes and blinds on windows with a good view. - An exception would be Baths and some Bedrooms.
-For security, remove any expensive artwork. Even if they are decorative.
-Remove any furniture that obstructs windows.
-Turn all ceiling fans OFF. They will create a motion blur in your photo and even video.
-Turn all inside lights ON. This will help balance the light in most areas.
-Turn all Televisions OFF, and clean them very well.
-Make Beds and Close Closets. If you showcase a closet, do so separately if possible.
-Open doors between rooms to give an open feeling when possible.
-Remove ALL evidence of pets.
-Remove rugs from floors, especially from tile or wood floors.
-Conceal Cords! Unplug them from the wall if needed. (Except lights)
-Replace any burnt out light bulbs.
-No shoes by doors or anywhere... please place them in the closet.