We want to ensure that you get the most out of your shoot so we have prepared this guide to help you get your home ready to be photographed. We have also made it available for agents to download, in a PDF version, and attach to emails for current homeowners to prepare their homes as well.
Your Realtor has chosen Phoenix Real Estate Photography Pros to professionally photograph your home because they are committed to marketing and selling it. Your agent's efforts include professional real estate photographs from Phoenix Real Estate Photography Pros, which may be used on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and other national web-based platforms such as Realtor.com, Trulia.com and Zillow.com. Your photos may also be used on printed flyers, digital media, or an assortment of other marketing materials.
Since your home is one of the largest assets you own, obtaining top dollar and selling it in a timely manner is our and your Realtor's #1 priority. In order to aid in this goal, your photographs must be of the highest quality. A majority of home buyers (over 98%) begin searching online, so these photographs are your first chance to make a lasting impression on prospective purchasers.
These prospective purchasers want to imagine themselves living in your home, so it is important that they don't see your family photos, clutter and other personal things. These detract from their experience and could hinder the sale of your property. Removing these items from plain sight increases the likelihood that your home will sell quicker and creates an environment for prospective purchasers to imagine themselves and their belongings in your home. Since we understand that this can be a grand undertaking we have prepared a guide to help you get your home prepared for the shoot.
1. Thoroughly clean your home. Our photographs are high quality and are capable of capturing unsightly things such as dirty windows and other reflective surfaces, dirty spots on walls, stains on carpets or flooring, as well as many other details around your home.
2. Get rid of cluttered items around your home. This may come as a surprise to you, but prospective buyers may not like your personal items around your home. These items will need to be stored out of view. Decorations are fine, but chances are that if a picture or knickknack has sentimental value to you, it may need to be stored away because it is distracting. Think of getting rid of souvenirs and other things you may have acquired during your travels.
Just keep in mind that these buyers are interested in your dwelling, not your personal belongings. Less can be more so if you happen to have a lot of clutter, use your best judgement in arranging it or removing it from sight.
Here is a quick guide that you can refer to, to help you prepare your home for your photographer.
Around The House
Remove any signs of pets such as food and water bowls, pet beds, and toys. Any signs of pets can deter buyers from considering your home.
Remove seasonal decorations that might dated the photographs.
Move garbage cans, and other trash from view.
Remove all pet-related items (e.g., food bowls, litter boxes, cages, beds)
Remove throw rugs and runners in entry ways, kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms so that the floor can be clearly seen.
Replace all burned out light bulbs both inside and outside your home. Good lighting is key.
The day of the shoot make sure all lights, inside and out, are turned on.
Move cars, boats, trailers, etc. from driveway and do not park directly in front of the house.
Close garage doors
Remove any patio furniture, grills, etc., in disrepair.
Remove all children’s toys, bikes, etc.
Uncover an outdoor kitchen items that may be photographed.
Make sure cushions in chairs are arranged neatly
Remove any unattractive potted plants or hanging baskets.
Store hoses out of sight on rolled-up neatly
Turn on any pool features, lights, etc.
Make sure the pool and spa is clean.
Remove pool sweeps, floating chlorine tools.
Remove safety fence.
Trim bushes and trees to maximize the view of your home.
Mow the grass, rake up leaves and debris, pull weeds and remove dead vegetation.
Remove yard signs (e.g., campaign signs, schools signs, sports signs)
If patio umbrellas block a nice view then they should be closed.
Move garbage cans out of sight.
Remove garden tools
Sweep driveway, sidewalks and patios.
If you are ambitious, plant some fresh flowers in empty planters or pots and use fresh mulch.
Turn ceiling fans off.
Open all curtains/blinds to allow light into your home.
As much as possible, minimize electrical cords in view.
Organize or hide all mail, bills, paperwork, etc.
Turn TVs and computer screens off.
Remove remote controls.
Close TV/stereo cabinets
Put toilet seats down
Minimize items on counter tops
Unless decorative, remove all towels, bathroom mats, rugs,etc. from view
Remove shampoo/conditioner bottles, wash rags, etc. from showers and tubs.
Remove robes, slippers, etc. from view
Minimize items on counter tops (pictures, knife blocks, appliances, etc.)
Take all magnets, notes, artwork, etc. off of the refrigerator
Move trash cans out of site
Unless decorative, remove all towels from view.
Remove all food items from view.
Make sure beds are made and all pillows are arranged neatly
Make sure that items stored under beds do not show
Minimize items on bedside tables
Store all clothing out of view
If you have an exceptional walk-in closets that want photographed then please arrange clothes neatly.
Make sure pillows are arranged neatly on sofas and chairs
Arrange shelves neatly
If you have a china cabinet make sure items are straight and neat.
Certificates, diplomas, awards, photographs, decorative names in children’s room, etc. may show up on your real estate photographs. If desired, remove before photos are taken.
Note: Curb appeal starts on the Internet so it’s very important to make the pictures of your home attractive. If your listing’s photographs on the Internet don’t sell your home, you might not ever get the buyers to actually do a physical drive-by and come inside your home.