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. 

General Prep 

  • Be shoot-ready: Cleaning and staging should be done prior to my arrival, preferably the day before my arrival.   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 need to be in place as well. 
  • Pets:  Dogs must be secured or off the property to ensure the safety for all parties.  It's also a good idea to hide pet food and water bowls as well. MLS prohibits people and pets from being in pictures. Cats should be secured as well, although they usually just hide.
  • Plan not to 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. 
  • Garage for storage: I normally don’t shoot garages, unless they are spectical in some form, so this is a great place to store items you’d like to hide. 

External Prep 

  • Trash cans: Trash cans can be placed either on the side of the property or in the garage. 
  • Sprinklers: Do not water the day of the shoot to prevent puddles on pavement.
  • Pick up dog feces: If you have a dog, make sure that all of their droppings are cleared from the yard. 
  • Vehicles: 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.  
  • Prep the yard: At least 24 hours prior to the photoshoot the  yard should me manicured and cleared of any toys, tools, garden equipment, etc. 
  • Prep pool and spa: If you have a pool and/or spa, please have them cleaned 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) by the realtor if it has already been installed. Visible signs violate MLS photo rules, and they can’t always be edited out in post production. It’s best to schedule sign installation for after the photoshoot. 
  • Clean patio furniture: Dust and remove cobwebs/pollen from all outdoor furniture. Do not hose down your furniture the day of your shoot, since this can create puddles. 

Internal Prep 

  • Declutter kitchen: A few items on the counters are usually fine, but dishes, sponges, rags, etc. should be put away. Please also remove all magnets, pictures, etc. from the refrigerator and remove throw rugs from the floor. 
  • Declutter bathrooms: All "personal" items should be hidden. Decorative unused soaps, candles, flowers, etc. are preferred. Please also 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. 
  • Clear entryways: Remove all shoes, umbrellas, and similar items from entryways. 
  • Ceiling fans: Please make sure all ceiling fans are turned off.
  • Portable fans: Ceiling fans are selling items but portable fans can give the wrong impression. 
  • Cords and 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. 
  • Open blinds with views: Your indoor photos will show outdoor views if there are appealing views outside.   
  • Turn on lights: Please make sure all interior lights are turned on.  Please replace all burned-out bulbs.

Twilight Prep 

If you’ve requested 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. 

  • Lighting: All lights throughout the property need to be turned on. Please replace all burned-out bulbs. 
  • Pools & Spas: If you have a spa, remove the cover, and turn it before I arrive. Turn on the lights in the spa as well. 

Thank you for your time and patience to go through this checklist! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me anytime. 

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