Getting your home photo ready is very important when choosing to market property online. Remember that a 360 interactive virtual tour will be like an open house 24/7, so a little time spent preparing now will certainly pay off in the end.Our photographers will have a limited time at each location as several tours are scheduled each day, therefore it is important that the home is in the condition you want it photographed in when the photographer arrives.A virtual tour will make your property look amazing online with a little advance preparation from you. Here are some tips to get your property ready and looking its best: General
- Check both indoors and outdoors for clutter. Make sure everything is neat and tidy.
- Make sure all loose items throughout your home are put away. This includes personal items like cell phones, iPods, shoes, books, briefcases, jewelry, pictures, etc. Have children’s toys, playpens, highchairs put in rooms that will not be shot like the laundry room. If you are going to be home, have all inside lights on. Leave Venetian blinds down and turned slightly upwards and remove any runner from the floors.
- Try not to be in the room where the photographer is photographing so you don’t end up in the photo.
- Do not schedule other workers to be in the home at the same time. We just end up in each other’s way and it makes it difficult for everyone to do their job appropriately.
- Make arrangements for pets. They should be kenneled or at doggie daycare, so the photographer can access all areas of the home for photography.
- Have pillows properly placed, but take all throws off any chairs. Any lights that are set to a timer remove the timer and if there is a dimmer place it on full power and leave the light on. Put away remotes.
- Spruce up your lawn and garden. Trim shrubbery and replace or remove dead plants if necessary.
- Yard and patio/porch should be neat and tidy. Outdoor furniture should be clean and neat.
- Mow the lawn and water if it has turned brown in the summertime.
- Clear clutter – toys, bikes, brooms, etc.
- Winter – keep the pool clear and clean.
- Remove distracting objects such as vehicles in the driveway or trash containers from the front of your home on the day of the scheduled appointment. There will be a $35 return trip charge plus travel fee charges that will apply if our photographer is unable to capture images due to property not photo ready at the scheduled appointment time.
- Remove clutter and tidy up tables, furniture, and shelves.
- Move excess furniture out of the room (pet crates, tray tables, etc.). A clean, open, clutter-free space is best.
- Replace burnt out light bulbs! These really stick out in the photos.
- Don’t tuck things behind doors or under furniture. The camera catches it every time!
- Clear any clutter from the counters. Move the basket of mail, medications, brown bananas, cooking tools (spatula, etc.), toaster, and toaster ovens (Can be placed in oven).
- Make sure dishes are put away. Don’t leave them in the sink or on the drain board. Remove any wipe cloths, soaps, etc. of the sink area.
- Put away the garbage can.
- Remove all personal items from the fridge including on top.
- Remove any hand towels on oven or cabinets and dish racks.
- If possible, a table setting is appropriate. Flowers and plants are fine, but not too many as that can clutter the shot.
- Close the toilet lid and empty the garbage can.
- Clean the mirror and glass surfaces. The flash really highlights those smudges and water marks.
- Hang towels neatly from the towel rack. Remove clothing from hooks or the back of the door.
- Remove all toiletry items from sink like toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, etc.
- Pick up any wipe off rugs or toilet bibs (unless to cover floor impairment).
- For sunken tubs, whirlpool tubs, etc., remove shampoos, soaps, etc. (Closets are a good place to put items to be removed.)
- Remove all loose items from end tables and hutches including clothing, shoes, slippers, etc. We do not take pictures of closets, so items can be put in that area.
- Move furniture, clean or dust, pick up clutter (toys, dishes, pet beds etc.) or wait for areas to be cleaned. Photographers have several tours each day and each one deserves its full-time allotment.
- Make small adjustments for a better photo composition.
- Work with you to find a time that is convenient for photographing.
Gabriela has proved over and over again how great photography can make a difference in marketing my real estate listings. It is not an accident or coincidence that my listings are going under contract at faster rate than when I was taking my own pictures I received two contracts in the first week and the property sold for more than our listed price. I’d like to take some of the credit for that, but you have to give credit where credit is due.
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