A picture can say a thousand words

On 26 August 2014 in Selling, Tips, Property Investor, Loading...

What do you want your pictures to say about your property? 

When preparing your home to be professionally photographed, it is important to keep in mind how you want your property to be perceived, for example – an upmarket property or a warm, inviting family home. This will help the photographer decide on a creative direction.

Below is a simple check-list to assist you in getting your home ready for a professional photography shoot!

1. Outside and around the home

  • Move vehicles from the driveway
  • Clean up any rubbish such as paper, bags and
    other loose items
  • Put away garbage bins
  • Mow overgrown lawn and remove obvious weeds
  • Trim back any overgrown shrubs and trees
  • Sweep up leaves and grass cuttings
  • Put away children's toys and bikes
  • Make sure all outside lights are working
  • Remove leaves and creepy crawlies from your pool

2. Preparing your kitchen

  • Clear all benches of any clutter
  • Remove all appliances such as toasters and kettles
  • Remove all magnets and photos from the fridge
  • Hide all electrical cords
  • Empty all rubbish bins
  • Wipe down all bench tops
  • Clean all cook tops and ovens

3. Living rooms and rumpus rooms

  • Hide all TV remotes
  • Remove magazines and newspapers
  • Remove any gym equipment
  • Pack away any loose cables or speaker wires
  • Clear any loose clutter from the room and shelves

4. Dining rooms and meal areas

  • Set tables with your best cutlery
  • Add a centre piece such as candles or flowers
  • Ensure the area is free from all clutter
  • Hide any electrical cords

5. Preparing bedrooms

  • Remove all clothes and clutter from the floor
  • Make all beds, tuck in all sheets and blankets
  • Remove items from bedside tables such as clock radios, books, personal items
  • Ensure the globes are working in bed side lamps

6. Bathrooms and en-suite

  • Remove any toothbrushes and shavers from sink tops
  • Remove bottles or soaps from the showers or baths
  • Fold towels neatly and hang them over the towel rails
  • Clean all mirrors and wipe down benches

7. General cleaning

  • Clean the windows inside and out
  • Vacuum the carpets and mop tiled areas
  • Dust the blinds

One important thing to remember...

On the day of the shoot, make sure you open all curtains to let in the natural light. If your house is shaded by trees or there is cloud cover on the day of the shoot, turn on all lights including lamps. This will ensure that your property will look its absolute best to potential buyers viewing it on websites, shop windows and brochures.

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