Staging the property for photos
Here are some helpful tips to get the home photo-ready. The first thing is to make sure there are no vehicles in the driveway or in the street in front of your home. If you know the neighbors park there, please have the car moved before the photographer arrives. The front of your home is very important when taking photos.
- Remove any LARGE pieces of furniture in small rooms. Sometimes a large couch in a small room can hurt the photo and make the room feel smaller than it is.
- Turn on all the lights in the home and replace any bulbs that are out.
- Clean the windows, shower doors, mirrors and anything that shows the dirt on it.
- Remove items on the fridge doors, sides and top.
- Clear off the kitchen counters and de-clutter any large items.
- Clean appliances and keep the sink empty and clean.
- Leaving nice, clean–looking small appliances are okay.
- Bowls of fresh fruit or colorful decorations are a nice touch on the counters.
- Remove any clutter and dust.
- Set the table with place settings, colorful plates, wine glasses – make it look like you’re going to have a dinner party. If you don’t have fancy dishes, leave it clear with a nice centerpiece or candle.
- Reduce clutter and help the rooms look large and clean.
- Take down any family portraits or expensive paintings you do not want photographed.
- Large empty walls do not look appealing to buyers. Buy decent frames for staging purposes.
- Clear up any wires or cords if possible, behind the TV, stereo or electronics.
- Put away children’s or animal’s toys.
- Define the spaces. Make them what they should be and decorate them accordingly.
- Turn on or light the fireplace if you will be home during the shoot.
- Clean showers inside and out.
- Place your best towels on the racks, folded neatly.
- Remove any soap dispensers, shampoo from the shower and sinks – clean toilet and put seat down.
- Remove any hanging door racks, bags, sweaters etc…
- Make up all the beds with your best linens and decorative pillows.
- Pick up any clothes or items from floors.
- Open shades or window curtains and tie them back if needed.
- Put away garden hoses, tools, shovels, toys, basketball nets, anything that should not be outside. Pick up dog poop.
- Turn on water features – hot tubs, pools, fountains etc. and act like you’re about to have guests.
Extra Things to consider:
- Replace dead plants.
- Do not have animals running around during shoot.
- Clean pools of debris and clean around the areas.
- Clean deck of debris and clean, power wash or new stain if needed.
- Paint outside trim or spots that show badly.
- Power wash the driveway to remove stains or large oil spots.
- Hide trash cans.
That’s It! Please take your time to do these items to the best of your ability.
Doing this will make a significant difference in the outcome of the photos. The goal is to have your home look spacious and inviting so potential buyers want to see it.
The photographer will not move anything in your home, but will help with suggestions. Sometimes just moving a piece of furniture into storage, basement, or garage can make a big difference for buyers when seeing your home in the photos and especially in person.
Hint: For a last minute pick up, throw everything in laundry baskets and hide them in closets.
Thank you and please reach out with any questions or concerns.