PreShoot Checklist

This list will help you prepare the property for the photo shoot and bring your listing out from the crowd

  • Move vehicles from drive and away from the front of home.
  • Place trash barrels, 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 windows and mirrors.
  • When possible, water the grass 4-5 hours prior to shooting- Even a brown lawn will look better.
  • 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.
  • 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 and firearms from view. (Even if they are decorative.)
  • Move/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.
  • Replace any missing light bulbs. Make sure the same bulbs are used on each level.
  • 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)
  • No shoes by doors or anywhere… Please place them in the closet.
  • Toilet lids should 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.

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Kitchen :

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Bathrooms :

There are many other items to consider when preparing a home for Real Estate Photography, however by just following the above guidelines, your listing should stand out from the crowd. You only get one chance to make a first impression.


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