Preparing your home for photography

Interior

General

  • Turn on all overhead lights, lamps and exterior lights. Replace all burned-out light bulbs!!!!
  • Clean your windows! This can make a big difference in the pictures!
  • Open all Blinds, Shades, and Curtains.
  • Wherever possible remove personal photographs, especially larger ones. Some can be left, but try to keep it to a minimum.
  • Conceal garbage and recycle containers.
  • Remove table coverings.
  • Remove all signs of pets including food/water bowls, pet beds, chew toys, crates, etc.
  • Turn off TVs and put remotes away.


Living Room

  • Open blinds/window treatments to let in outside light.
  • Remove stacks of magazines, papers, mail, etc.
  • De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth (no more than 5 items, including art).


Dining Room

  • Set the dining room table (optional)
  • Place wine glasses and wine on table (optional)
  • Make sure all chairs are evenly placed and at the same distance from the table.


Kitchen

  • Try to pare down kitchen items, Good looking stainless cappuccino machine? Great! Old soap in soap dishes and worn pots and pans… not so much. Try to tuck appliance wires out of sight….same with lamps.. If you have nice appliances or decorative items they may be OK to leave. Vases with flowers or fruit bowls can also add a nice touch to the scene.
  • All lights should be on including under cabinet lighting and over stove lighting.
  • Refrigerators should be cleared of any magnets, pictures and flyers. These can be put right back up again after the shoot if necessary.


Bedrooms

  • Make bed, including decorative pillows/shams if available.
  • Remove all clutter from the top of the dressers.
  • Make sure bedside lamps are working
  • Clear nightstands of all personal items.
  • Store away phone/tablet charging cables.
  • If you have a desk in the room, clear it off as much as possible.


Bathrooms

  • Clean the mirrors!
  • Clear counter-tops completely. No plastic soap dispensers, toothbrushes, medications, deodorant, etc. If you have nice decorative dispensers they may be OK, but make sure they are clean.
  • If you have glass shower doors, remove all shampoos, soaps, and brushes from the shower.
  • Remove dirty towels – leave out only matching, unused towels
  • Remove floor mats.
  • Put the toilet seats down.

Exterior

  • Remove cars from the driveway. Some MLS services will not accept pictures if cars are in the driveway. Sometimes it’s a good idea to park your car in front of the home to prevent someone else from parking there. Then you can move it when the photographer is ready to take the pictures.
  • Neatly roll and store hoses and sprinklers.
  • Lawns should be well-manicured.
  • Rake leaves.
  • Remove pool covers and BBQ covers.
  • Remove children’s toys where possible.
  • Blow or sweep off your walkways, patio, and driveways
  • Remove empty planter or items that cause clutter.


Realtors – We recommend emailing a link to this page to your customers: https://chrismeyerphotos.com/preparing-your-home-for-photography/