When it comes to photographing a property for real estate photography, the last thing a photographer wants to see when arriving for the job is chaos.
- Clean the yard, patio and/or porch
- Trim the grass and shrubbery if needed
- Put toys and equipment away
- Clear the sidewalks
- If snow, shovel
- Clear the clutter from shelves and floors
- Remove unnecessary furniture like extra chairs and tray tables
- Replace broken light bulbs so all lights work at the same time
- Clear the kitchen counters of pots, pans and clutter
- Clean the kitchen so everything that should shine, does
- Clean all mirrors and glass
- Clear the sink because you may not think it will be photographed but it might
- Hide or remove all garbage cans
- Put bathroom items in storage so they are not in the photographs
- Keep the toilet lids close
- If you decorative towels are used in bathrooms, fold them neatly
- Turn on all room lights before the photographer arrives
- Hide your personal photographs. You can hang and place them back where you want them afterwards.
- Have a place to go when the photographer is there so you’re not in the way or in the photographs
- The photographer can move furniture but shouldn’t have to. If he/she must move furniture don’t be surprised if you’re informed of added charges prior to the task. However, if a professional stager is involved, then it’s a different story.
- The photographer will not clean for you, move your garbage or clear off clutter.