Preparing Your home for Professional Photography

You don't get a second chance to make a first impression

First impressions count. If you are selling your home, you’re also probably moving too and you’ll understand the need for good online photographs of your property. You’ve probably spent a lot of time looking at lots of other property, what did you notice first? Was it their photographs? The best way to get your home noticed is to hire a Professional Photographer to photograph your home. In order to take great photographs to sell it quickly some preparations will have to be made. You’ve probably seen television programs about selling your home, much of the advice applies to having your home professionally photographed. Here are some guidelines in preparing your home for professional photography.

General Guidlines

  • Let there be light, generally it’s better to photograph the interior of your home with the lights on, even in the middle of a bright sunny day. Check around and replace any blown light bulbs.
  • Clean like you’ve never cleaned before. Vacuum all the carpets, sweep and mop all the hard floors and clean the windows.
  • Everything in it’s place and a place for everything. Tidy everything away preferably out of site.

The last item will probably be the hardest thing to do. You’ve probably raised a family in your home and it’s full of family mementos and photo’s. A potential buyer will have difficulty seeing themselves living there with all these personal items on display. You’ll need to pack all these items away to depersonalize your home and make it look as generic as possible. Really the minimum needs to be on display, a vase of flowers and a bowl of fruit. 

Outside

  • Choose the time of day when the front of the house is shown in a good natural light
  • Try to choose a clear, bright day
  • Move any vehicles from the outside of the property
  • Remove any clutter from outside the property such as bins and hoses
  • Mow the law

Inside

  • Moving furniture around may help to make a room look more spacious
  • Make sure your home is well lit, and replace any light bulbs that have gone out
  • Open all curtains and blinds
  • Fresh flowers help to breathe life into a property

The Kitchen

  • Clear all work tops and make sure there are no tea towels or chopping boards on show
  • Move bins out of sight
  • Clear away appliances
  • Close all cupboards
  • Hide all fridge magnets
  • Clear the sink (no dirty dishes!)
  • If you have pets, hide their food bowls and beds
  • A full, fresh fruit bowl can add a flash of colour

The Bathroom

  • Keep the toilet lid down
  • Remove clutter like shower gels and tooth brushes
  • Close the shower curtain
  • Remove toilet paper from its holder
  • Any towels should be neatly arranged and folded, and chosen to compliment the room

Reception & Dining Room

  • Remove scruffy throws from sofas
  • Arrange cushions to look smart and tidy
  • Remove rugs, especially where you have wooden or tiled floors
  • Any children’s toys or piles of magazines, DVDs etc should be out of sight
  • 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

Bedrooms

  • Make the bed and choose bed clothes that compliment the room
  • Anything stored under the bed should be completely out of sight
  • All drawers and wardrobe doors should be shut
  • Clear nightstands of all personal items
  • Store away phone/tablet charging cables
  • Remove all clutter from top of dressers
  • Remove family photos from walls
  • Remove wall stickers/posters

I want the photos of your home to be the best they can be. This requires teamwork and cooperation that will result in an outstanding online presence when your home goes LIVE on the market.

Although I would love to help you style/design your home, I unfortunately do not have the required skills. When I arrive to take photos of your home, I ask that all the furniture is arranged in the rooms and cleaning is done before I arrive. To efficiently maintain my busy schedule and deliver the level of service my clients expect, I can not spend unnecessary time at the home waiting for it to be cleaned, dusted, de-cluttered, etc.

Please review the previous sections for tips on preparing your home for Professional Property Photography, and note that I am not responsible and will not partake in any of the following duties while photographing your home:

I Do Not:

  • Move or re-arrange furniture
  • Make beds, clean, dust or de-clutter
  • Pick up toys or yard items
  • “Photoshop” vehicles, walls, damaged walls, power lines, wall pictures, cords, etc.
  • Touch personal bathroom supplies (shampoo, toothbrushes, deodorant, towels)