Tips On Getting Your Home Ready For Photos

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The photo shoot will take 30-60 minutes depending on the size of your home. Please follow these tips to ensure a successful photo shoot.

CLEAN UP: The house doesn't have to be spotless, but make sure the countertops are clean and the carpet is vacuumed. Declutter as much as possible. Too much stuff creates chaos and makes your home feel small.

LIGHTEN UP: We prefer to turn on every light, so make sure that they are all working. Please try to have the lights (and lamps) on prior to our arrival. Windows and curtains should be open. TVs and ceiling fans should be off.

FRONT YARD: Remove cars, boats, trailers, etc from the driveway. If they can’t fit in the garage, park them on the street and not directly in front of the house. Hide garbage cans. Close garage doors.

LIVING AREAS: Conceal as many electrical cords as possible. Put toys away. Take down any large family photos so they aren't noticeably visible. Hide remotes, newspapers and any other items that are cluttering the space.

KITCHEN & DINING : Remove all photos and magnets from the refrigerator. Make sure that there aren’t dirty dishes or food visible. Add a bowl of fruit, flowers or simple centerpiece to the table or counter. A few countertop appliances are ok, but keep it minimal. Remove children’s high chairs and booster seats.

BEDROOMS: Make the bed, pick up clothes and shut dresser drawers. Organize toys.

BATHROOMS: Clean mirrors and countertops. Remove wet towels, toothbrushes, bathrobes, kleenex boxes, wastebaskets, non decorative soap dispensers and toilet brushes. Put the toilet seat down. Remove rugs to show off the floor.

LAUNDRY ROOM: Hide laundry inside the machines and organize any shelves. If you don’t feel it’s photographable, use it to hide items from other rooms.

POOL TABLES: Take the cover off and rack the billiard balls as if you’re ready to play.

BACKYARD, DECKS AND PATIOS: If your grill is presentable, remove it’s cover. If you have an umbrella, open it. Arrange chairs neatly around the table, fire pit or pool. Hide the lawn mower, rakes, kids toys, etc.

GARAGES, STORAGE ROOMS, CLOSETS, UTILITY ROOMS: We don’t usually photograph these so use them as a hiding space for the stuff you removed from other areas of your home. If you would like them photographed, please let us know.

PETS: We know, your pet is adorable, but they really shouldn't be in the photos. If your dog likes to say "hello" when people come over, please keep them somewhere they won't be able to jump on the photographer and their equipment. Hide food dishes, cat trees and pet beds.

WINTER: We can typically still get a yard photo but might not be able to get a shot of the back of the house if the snow gets too high. If you have a fence, make sure the gate isn't frozen shut and if the snow is difficult to walk through, please plow a path into your back yard so we can get a shot of the back of your house. 

Please have your home photo-ready prior to the photographer's arrival. Thank you.