Getting Your Home Ready For A Photo Shoot

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General Guidelines

We will be photographing both the inside and outside of your home, including all major rooms. You can have a direct impact on how well your home looks in the photographs by followings these guidelines (print version):

All Rooms

De-clutter rooms which may be excessively furnished, as they do not photograph well.
Throw rugs and runners in entryways, kitchens, and bathrooms should be removed.
Replace any burned out light bulbs in fixtures and lamps.
Bedrooms

Make all beds and tidy bedrooms.
Clothes hung, or folded and put away.
Remove items from bedside tables- books, magazines, pictures, clock radios, etc.
Bathrooms

Clear off the counter tops- toothbrushes, razors, soap, tissues and lotion dispensers, makeup mirror, etc.
should all be cleared away.
Remove shampoo and other products from the shower/tub area.
All toilet seats should be down and lid closed.
Mirror should be cleaned.
Exterior

Remove all vehicles from the driveway and do not park directly in front of the house.
Move all garbage cans out of sight.
Remove all garden tools, including hose and sprinklers.
Remove all children’s toys, bikes, etc.
If you have a pool, remove the pool sweep, pool cleaning equipment and any pool toys.
Mow and rake yard.
Sweep driveway, sidewalks and patios.
Kitchen

Clear off counter tops and remove any appliances, i.e. toasters, coffee pots, knife blocks.
Remove photos, notes and papers from the refrigerator.
Clean the major appliances – refrigerator, oven, range hood and wipe down all counter tops.
Living & Family Room

Remove piles of newspapers and magazines.
Hide all TV/Stereo remotes.
Conceal all exposed cables as best as possible.
Remove clutter, personal photos, etc. from bookshelves tables and cabinets.
Hide all trash cans in closets.
Dining Room

Set the table with your best china and dinnerware.
Add a colorful centerpiece such as candles or flowers.
Conceal any exposed electrical cords.
Final Touches

Contain pets in garage or out of sight.
Turn on all lights.
Turn ceiling fans and televisions off.
Open all window blinds and drapes.

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