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My Goal Is To Help Present Your Home In The Best Way Possible.  In Order To Give Your Home The Best Appearance These Are The Recommended Guidelines That We Suggest For The Best Possible Results.  These Guidelines Are Applicable To Home Showings Also. The Photographers Are Not Required To Do These Steps, We Ask You To Prepare The Home For The Photographer.
  1. Clean and dust very well
  2. De-clutter – try to remove at least half the books, toys, keepsakes, awards, ALL family photos, kitchen items, off season clothes (makes closets seem more spacious), etc.  This also applies to pieces of furniture in smaller spaces (removing pieces that make a room feel tight or cramped).
  3. When planning to list your home near any holiday, plan with photography in mind.  Either schedule the photography before decorating, or after the decorations are put away.  (No matter what holiday, decorations in the photos date the home and your listing).
  4. Remove any large portrait, photographs or paintings (especially over mantles or in main living spaces) and replace with more neutral art
  5. Remove and/or secure valuables
  6. Remove and/or secure medications
  7. Turn all lights on (it will be the discretion of the photographer which lights should be turned off)
  8. Replace all burnt out bulbs
  9. Consider using newer generation fluorescent bulbs that are white-light or daylight in color
  10. Turn off all ceiling fans (don’t forget to dust these too)
  11. De-clutter and dust fireplace mantles
  12. Minimize extra floor coverings – remove small throw rugs (large area rugs are acceptable)
  13. Clear kitchen counter tops (leave a maximum of only one appliance per counter top area)
  14. Counter top microwave and toaster oven should be removed
  15. Remove everything from the refrigerator front and sides (photos, magnets, kid’s art, etc.)
  16. Remove table coverings, but consider putting out place settings
  17. Remove garbage and trash cans from sight
  18. Remove all signs of pets (bowls, bedding, toys, etc.  )
  19. Keep cat litter boxes clean with fresh litter and concealed, if possible.
  20. Confine the cat, if possible – during showings, avoid problems with potential buyers and allergies; for photography, cats love to get in the middle of a shot composition
  21. Place toilet lids down
  22. Clear bathroom countertops of all toiletries (leave only one floral arrangement or house plant)
  23. Put out your best towels, folded and hung neatly
  24. Remove items from shower – shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc.
  25. Outside the home, remove trash cans, gardening tools, etc. from sight
  26. Store children’s and pet’s yard toys out of sight
  27. Neatly coil water hoses
  28. Open patio umbrellas and set out patio furniture cushions (ensure they are clean)
  29. If in season, uncover grills, pools, spas, and hot tubs (ensure they are clean)
  30. Place dogs in the dog run or garage (if in dog run, the animal may need to be moved to the garage/spare room for some exterior photography)
  31. Sidewalks, driveways, decks, and patios, etc., clear of plant debris and leaves
  32. Put garage doors down and remove vehicles from the driveway

*For the best high definition photography results, open and raise all window blinds, open all curtains and other window treatments to reveal exterior view (unless there is something outside a particular window that you don’t want shown).

ALL LIGHTS IN THE HOME NEED TO BE ON – Turn off all ceiling fans.

Some before and after photos

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Beautiful sky will make the photo pop even more for your clients!