Preparing your home for professional photos

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listing-photographyIt’s time to put your house on the market, you met with a HOME Real Estate agent, and one of the items on the checklist is having photos taken of your property. Now the question comes up, what can you as the seller do to prepare for professional marketing photos?

Outside the property

  • Mow and trim lawn
  • Clean driveway and walks
  • Rake leaves
  • Put away hoses
  • Clean patio furniture
  • Put away toys
  • Hide trash cans
  • Remove vehicles
  • Remove grills from smaller decks

Inside the property

  • Put away trash cans
  • Remove clutter from the outside of the refrigerator
  • Have all lights and lamps on
  • Make sure ceiling fans and bath fixtures have matching (non compact fluorescent light) bulbs
  • Remove clutter from all rooms
  • Clean and vacuum floors
  • Put away toys (except for toy room)
  • Make sure blinds and shades are operational
  • Minimize items on kitchen counter tops
  • Put away tissue boxes
  • Put away tooth brushes and personal items in bathrooms
  • Walk in showers should be clean and free of soap/shampoo bottle

Photos are one of the most valuable aspects of marketing for your property, so make sure your home is in its best light when the photographer comes.

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