Please provide your client with a copy of these guidelines prior to the scheduled shoot.
Please keep in mind that we are unable to, and will not, move any items in the home. It is your responsibility to prepare the home for the shoot. Failure to abide by these guidelines may cause a delay in our services, resulting in an additional surcharge.
Tips for all areas in the home.
Thoroughly clean entire house (vacuum carpets, mop hard floors, wipe down countertops, clean windows)
Turn all overhead lights ON
Replace all burned out lightbulbs
Use lightbulbs of the same temperature throughout entire house (ex: ALL incandescent or ALL compact fluorescent)
Turn all ceiling fans OFF
Turn all televisions OFF
Turn all computer screens OFF
Open all blinds/window treatments to allow natural outdoor light in
Remove all personal photographs
Make all beds
Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring
Place all shoes/jackets in closets
Online “curb appeal”. The front exterior is usually the first photo buyers see.
Close garage doors
Remove cars from driveway and front of home
Clean up landscaping (mow lawn, trim shrubs, leaves)
Remove misc. items (ex: empty planters, visible water hoses, toys)
The backyard should be an oasis to relax.
Clean deck, outdoor tables, chairs, cushions, etc.
Pillows/cushions should be fresh, not faded
Clear all toys, sports equipment and games
Remove pool vacuum & hide all pool cleaning supplies
Turn ON pool fountains/water features
Remove visible water hoses
Remove trash cans
Sometimes the focal point. The kitchen deserves attention to detail.
Clear countertops completely (no knife blocks, baking supplies, mail, etc.)
Leave out a maximum of one small appliance (ex: coffee maker)
Clear outside of refrigerator (ex: magnets, papers, photos)
Hide garbage cans
Remove dishes from sink
Allow buyers to imagine a nice family meal.
Use decorative place settings if possible
feature one centerpiece (ex: bouquet of flowers)
Straighten all chairs and space them evenly
The space to enjoy conversation and spend quality time with family.
Remove stacks of magazines, papers, mail, etc.
De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth (no more than 5 items, including art)
Clean interior of fireplace
Fluff and arrange decorative pillows
Remove toys and other items
Your place of relaxation.
Make all beds
Press bed linens and bed skirts
Clear nightstands of all personal items
Store away phone/tablet charging cables
Remove all clutter from top of dressers
Remove family photos from dressers and walls
Clean under bed (remove all items that may show in photos)
To be spa-like, the bathroom must be clear of all personal items.
Clear countertops completely (no soap, toothbrushes, medications, cosmetics, etc.)
Put toilet seats down
Close closet doors and drawers
Remove shampoo, soap, loofahs, etc. from showers and tubs
Remove dirty towels (may leave out only new, unused towels)
Remove floor mats
We love our pets, but their presence should be minimized.
Put away food/water bowels, pet beds and toys
Use lint roller on furniture to remove pet hair
Contain pets in hidden crate or outside
Clear backyard of pet waste/toys