Home Preparation

Getting setup and ready for your photo shoot or virtual tour is very important when marketing properties online. Remember that photos or a virtual tour will filter out many home shoppers.  Making certain the home is clean and ready for the photos or virtual tour will certainly pay off in the end.

Suggestions

Outdoors:
Spruce up your garden and lawn; trim shrubbery if necessary.
Yard and patio should be neat; outdoor furniture should be in good shape.
Mow the lawn; make sure the driveway & entryway are free of clutter (toys, bikes, etc.)
Winter - keep the sidewalks cleared of snow.

Living Areas:
Remove clutter and tidy up the shelves.
Move excess furniture out of rooms. You want the space clean, open, and clutter-free (dog crates, tray tables, etc.).
Replace burnt out light bulbs (the photographer will need light in most rooms).

Kitchen:
Clean off kitchen counters; remove any clutter.
Make sure dirty/clean dishes are out of the sink & put away.
Hide the garbage can.

Bathrooms:
Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored away.
Close toilet lid and empty the garbage.
Clean mirrors & glass surfaces.
Hang towels neatly from towel bar.

General:
Check the basics around the house.  It takes just a minute to make sure the house is clutter-free and all is in order.
Turn on as many lights as you can before the photographer arrives.
Try not to be in the room the photographer is photographing as you may end up in the photo.

The photographer cannot:

Move furniture
Clean or dust
Move garbage
Pick up/move clutter (toys, dirty dishes, dog toys, etc.)

The home MUST be ready for the photographer when he/she arrives. Upon arrival our photographers can wait no longer than 5 minutes for additional home preparations. If a wait longer than this must happen we will have to move on to our next scheduled appointment and the virtual tour will be rescheduled. If this happens a rescheduling fee of $20.00 will apply.


If you have any questions or comments, please contact us by phone.

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