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Preparing Your Home for a Real Estate Photo Shoot

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Generally Speaking

▪  Thoroughly clean whole house (vacuum carpet, mop hard floors,  clean countertops, clean windows)

▪  Turn all overhead lights and lamps ON

▪  Replace all burned out light bulbs

▪  Use bulbs of the same temperature (ALL incandescent or ALL compact fluorescent)

▪  Turn all ceiling fans OFF

▪  Turn all TVs OFF

▪  Turn all computer screens OFF

▪  Open blinds/window coverings to let in natural, outside light

▪  Remove excessive personal photographs and declutter

▪  Make all beds.

▪  Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring.

▪  Place all shoes/jackets in closets.

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Front Exterior

AIM FOR “CURB APPEAL” - THE FRONT EXTERIOR IS USUALLY THE FIRST PHOTO BUYERS SEE

▪  Close garage doors

▪  Remove cars from driveway and front of home

▪  Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves)

▪  Remove empty planters or replace dead plants.

▪  Use broom to remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames

▪  Remove visible water hoses

▪  Remove clutter- toys, sports balls, basketball goals, soccer goals, etc.

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The Back Yard

THE BACK YARD SHOULD BE A PLACE TO RELAX

▪  Clean porch, tidy up outdoor tables/chairs/cushions

▪  Clear out kid's toys, balls, frisbees, etc.

▪  Clean pools/ hot tubs ect.

▪  Turn on pool fountains/water features

▪  Remove visible water hoses

▪  Remove trash cans

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The Kitchen

THE KITCHEN IS A GATHERING PLACE                                                                   AND OFTEN A FOCAL POINT OF THE HOME.

▪  Clear countertops completely. No empty glasses, baking supplies, mail, etc.

▪  Leave out max of one -two small appliance (ex. coffee maker)

▪  Clear outside of refrigerator of magnets, papers, photos, etc.

▪  Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet

▪  Remove dishes from sink, place in dishwasher

▪  Clear table, dust and polish the table top

▪  Use decorative place setting if available

▪  Feature one center piece such as a bouquet of flowers

▪  Straighten all chairs and space them evenly

▪  Remove child seats/booster chairs

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Living / Family Room

THIS SPACE IS TO ENJOY CONVERSATION AND SPEND                               QUALITY TIME WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS

  • Remove stacks of magazines, papers, mail, etc.
  • De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth (no more than 5 items, including art)
  • Clean interior of fireplace and re-paint if needed
  • Fluff and arrange furniture pillows
  • Remove kid's toys

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Bedrooms

MASTER BEDROOM-A RELAXING OASIS

  • Make bed, including decorative pillows/shams if available
  • Press bed linens and bed skirts
  • Clear nightstands of all personal items
  • Store away phone/tablet charging cables
  • Remove all clutter from top of dressers
  • Remove family photos from walls
  • Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos


KID/GUEST BEDROOM

  • Remove personalized names from walls
  • Remove wall stickers/posters
  • Remove diaper pails and cleaning supplies
  • Clean under bed, removing items that may show


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Bathrooms

THINK SPA. CLEAR OUT THE PERSONAL ITEMS AND MINIMIZE FOR EFFECT.

  • Clear countertops completely. No soap, toothbrushes, medications, deodorant, etc.
  • Put toilet seats down
  • Close closet doors
  • Remove shampoo, soap, loofahs, etc. from showers and tubs
  • Remove dirty towels - leave out only new, unused towels
  • Remove floor mats

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Pets

WE ALL LOVE MAN’S BEST FRIEND, BUT YOU’LL WANT TO MINIMIZE THEIR IMPACT

  • Place food and water bowls in pantry or closet
  • Place pet beds/toys in pantry or closet
  • Use lint roller on furniture to remove pet hair
  • Contain pets in hidden crate or outside
  • Clear back yard of pet waste/toys