The Ultimate Guide to Prepare for a Killer Real Estate Shoot

Oh Snap Media wants your pictures to look incredible each and every time. In order to have perfect real estate photos there needs to be a little preparation. Fortunately, once the home is properly prepared for a real estate photography,  it will also be ready to show potential buyers. This list may seem a bit overwhelming but most homes will not need much work. When the photos in the listing look professional. It will increase the likelihood to sell the property at a higher price point by attracting more buyers, therefore, having the potential for better offers. Not to mention how it will reflect on the professionalism of the Realtor who is offering the listing. 

The more you prepare your home before the photographer arrives, the better the pictures are going to look. Remember, the photographer is hired to take the photos and make space look good through the lens, it’s not their job to clean up the mess… and they can only do so much with a house that is in poor condition. It’s not possible to make a messy room look uncluttered in the picture. 
Real estate Photography Interior

Interior

Main Living Areas

  • Remove personal items and photos
  • Remove all visible clutter
  • Open shades/blinds and curtains
  • Put away all children’s toys
  • Empty any trash cans
  • Hide pet dishes/toys/beds
  • Vacuum carpets
  • Sweep hard floors
  • Remove newspapers and mail
  • Turn off televisions
  • Turn on all lights
  • Replace burned out light bulbs
  • Dust everything
  • Clean all mirrors, windows, glass, counter
  • Remove cobwebs
  • No exposed power cords

Dining Room

  • Straighten/push in dining chairs
  • Table clean of clutter
  • Place a nice centerpiece or set table for diner (optional)
  • Turn on all lights
  • Replace burned out light bulbs
  • Dust everything
  • Clean all mirrors, windows, glass, counters
  • Remove cobwebs
  • No exposed power cords

Bathrooms

  • Make the bathrooms spotless
  • Clear counters of toiletries
  • Clean mirrors
  • Remove toilet covers
  • Remove all items from tub and shower
  • Turn on all lights
  • Replace burned out light bulbs
  • Dust everything
  • Clean all mirrors, windows, glass, counters
  • Remove cobwebs
  • No exposed power cords

Kitchen

  • Refrigerator, free of magnets, kids’ drawings, etc.
  • Store food in cabinets
  • De-clutter counters and stove
  • Remove or stow small appliances
  • Remove or stow small appliances
  • Hide dishtowels and sponges
  • Clear sink of dishes
  • Put away draining rack
  • Organize items on open shelves
  • Turn on all lights Replace burned out light bulbs
  • Dust everything
  • Clean all mirrors, windows, glass, counters
  • Remove cobwebs
  • No exposed power cords

Bedrooms

  • Make the beds
  • Arrange decorative pillows
  • Put away clothing and shoes
  • Clean under the bed
  • Closets, tidy with nicely hung clothing and floors cleared
  • Turn on all lights
  • Replace burned out light bulbs
  • Dust everything
  • Clean all mirrors, windows, glass, counters
  • Remove cobwebs
  • No exposed power cords
Temecula California real estate photography

Exterior

Front and Rear of Home

  • Remove cars from driveway
  • Close all windows
  • Sweep walkways
  • Put toys, bicycles away
  • Straighten and arrange deck furniture
  • Clean pool area
  • Sweep driveway, porch, patio, decks and stairs
  • Pick up leaves, sticks, and branches
  • Put away seasonal decorations
  • Put away garden tools and lawn supplies
  • Put away all hoses
  • Prune trees, foliage
  • Grass, freshly cut and raked

Put the following out of sight:

  • Trashcans
  • Garden tools
  • Lawn equipment
  • Vehicles*
  • Toys (including in pool areas)
  • Pets and pet items

*If possible remove all vehicles from the front of home and street. This may require asking neighbors to move cars in advance. Open street make the property much more appealing

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