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My goal is to photograph your home with the highest quality that will wow buyers and attract offers. To ensure your photoshoot goes smoothly and safely, I’ve put together this preparation checklist of things you should do prior to your scheduled shoot. Keep in mind the aesthetic aspects of this checklist are your preference of how you are comfortable with the property being presented in the photos and things listed here are merely common best practices.

General Prep

Be Shoot Ready

Cleaning and staging needs to be done before I arrive, preferably the day before your photoshoot. I may move small items (flowers, small pictures, etc.) to improve photo composition, but larger items need to be in place before I arrive, and staging accessories, if any, need to be in place as well.

Secure Or Remove Pets

I love pets but we can’t have them around for your photoshoot. Dogs must be secured or off the property to ensure the safety of myself and my equipment. MLS rules also prohibit people and pets from being in pictures. Cats should be secured as well, although they usually pose fewer problems than dogs (cats often just hide). It's also a good idea to hide pet food and water bowls as well.

Plan To Not Be Seen

All occupants should plan on either being off the property or remain in areas where they can't be seen during the photoshoot. Rooms overlap in the photos, people can cause shadows and reflections, and there is risk to equipment that will be setup throughout the property.

Use The Garage For Storage

I normally don’t shoot garages, so this is a great place to store items you’d like to hide.

Pro Tip:

If there are any areas of the home you do not want to photographed, such as closets, storage areas, the garage or basement, make sure to leave those doors closed.

Exterior Prep

Clear The Cars

Make sure no cars are in the driveway. If possible, also move cars from the street in front of the home. We want as clear a view as possible of your property.

Do NOT Wet The Driveway

If a wet look is desired, this can be added in the editing process. Watering driveways can cause patches of dry spots and puddles, so adding it in editing is best.

Hide The Trashcans

Trashcans can be placed on the side of the property or in the garage.

Hide Hoses

Do this the day before the shoot since hoses can drip water onto the pavement when being moved, leaving puddles in your pictures.

Mow & Trim The Yard

Do at least 24 hours prior to your photoshoot.

Turn Off Sprinklers

Do not water the day of the shoot to prevent puddles on pavement.

Scoop The Poop

If you have a dog, make sure that all of their droppings are cleared from the yard.

Prep Pool & spa

If you have a pool and/or spa, please have them clean with covers removed. For spas, provide instructions to the realtor on how to turn it on.

Prep Water Features

If you have fountains, waterfalls, etc., please clean them and provide instructions to the realtor on how to turn them on.

Remove For sale sign

The for-sale sign should be removed from the property, if possible, or installed after the shoot, since visible signs violate MLS policies and can’t always be edited out.

Clean Patio Furniture

Dust and remove cobwebs from all outdoor furniture. Do not hose down your furniture the day of your shoot, since this can create puddles.

Pro Tip:

First impressions matter.. The curb appeal is what makes the first impression on potential buyers and can set the mood of the person viewing your home.

Interior Prep

Turn On Lights

Before I arrive, please make sure all interior lights are turned on. If need-be, please replace all burned-out bulbs at least 24 hours before the photoshoot.

Declutter Kitchen

A few items on the counters are usually fine, but dishes, sponges, rags, etc. should be put away. It's best to remove all magnets, pictures, etc. from the refrigerator and remove throw rugs from the floor.

Declutter Bathrooms

Toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, and other "personal" items should be hidden. Decorative unused soaps, candles, flowers, etc. are preferred. It’s also good to remove all throw rugs from the floor.

Prep Bedrooms

All bedrooms should have their beds made and items put away.

Hide Trashcans

Trashcans can distract so it’s best to hide all of them in closets or the garage.

Hide Portable Fans

Ceiling fans are selling items but portable fans can give the wrong impression. It’s best to hide all portable fans in closets or the garage.

Hide Cords & Remotes

Sometimes electrical cords can’t be hidden, but you will have more appealing pictures if you can hide TV remotes, game consoles, and any noticeable cords.

Clear Entryways

Remove all shoes, umbrellas, and similar items from entryways.

Open Blinds with views

Your indoor photos will show outdoor views if there are views, or just light if a window looks onto a neighbor or other unappealing view.

Turn Off Ceiling Fans

Before I arrive, please make sure all ceiling fans are turned off.

Pro Tip:

Consider hiding or taking down any photos/items you may not want people to see, such as photos of children or items containing personal pertinent information.

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If you’ve scheduled a twilight shoot the following are additional items to prepare before I arrive. Note that twilights have tight schedules to ensure optimal lighting, so please make sure all of these items are ready before I arrive.

Twilight Prep

Turn On All Interior & Exterior Lights

All lights throughout the property need to be turned on. Please replace all burned-out bulbs at least 24 hours before the photoshoot.

Turn On Spas & Remove Covers

If you have a spa, remove the cover, and turn it before I arrive. Turn on the lights in the spa as well.

Turn On Pool Lights

If you have a pool, turn on the pool lights before I arrive.

Turn On Water Features

If you have fountains, waterfalls, or similar water features, please turn them on before I arrive.

Pro Tip:

The sooner you start the prep the better. Waiting until the last minute/when I've arrived raises the risk of missing something or incurring further fees. If there are any questions prior to the shoot, please feel free to reach out ahead of time.

This checklist is not all encompassing and are merely best practices and things I believe will ensure we represent your property in the best possible light in order to attract quality buyers. Please feel free to add anything that you think will enhance the visibility.

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