Preparing your Home for Professional Photography
When selling your home, it's important to make sure that your property looks its best to attract potential buyers. Professional photography is a key component in the home selling process, as it provides a visual representation of your home to prospective buyers. In this post, I'll provide you with tips on how to prepare your home for your professional photography session.
Keep in mind when preparing for the photo shoot, we utilize 360° cameras for an immersive experience for buyers, so no part of the room is out of sight. Our cameras collect the entire room in a single shot, so no place is hidden from the camera.
- Declutter and Clean: Before the photography session, declutter and clean your home thoroughly. This will help to make your home look more spacious and allow the photographer to capture the best shots possible.
- Clean kitchen counters and sink: Our photographers utilize very high resolution equipment that can even pick up even the slightest details. A good wipe down will help your home shine in the photography. Additionally, items like toasters and coffee makers or other small kitchen appliances are distracting in a photo. They take away from the look of the kitchen while subconsciously telling a story that there may not be enough storage space to hide those items away.
- Depersonalize: It's important to depersonalize your home before the photography session. Remove any personal items such as family photos, religious or political items, and any other items that might distract the buyer from envisioning themselves living in the home.
- Clean bathrooms: Clear the countertops of all toiletries and products. You can store all of your items in a bin and hide them under the sink or in a closet. Neatly fold your towels and hang them.
- Stage the Rooms: Arrange your furniture to showcase the best features of your home. Consider hiring a professional stager if you need help.
- Make all the bed: This is the most obvious step, but it often gets overlooked, especially in secondary bedrooms. Decorate the beds with matching sheets, blanket and pillow to brighten up the bed.
- Turn on the Lights: Make sure that all the lights in your home are turned on, including lamps, overhead lights, and any other light sources. This will create a welcoming and inviting atmosphere for the buyers.
- Remove Pets and Pet Items: Not everyone is a pet lover, and having pet-related items in your home may turn off potential buyers. It's best to remove all pet-related items and have your pets taken out of the home during the photography session.
- Put all shoes and jackets in the closet: We want to tell the story that your home has plenty of closet and storage space. Having shoes, kids book bags, jackets hanging on hooks, or otherwise hanging about, tells the buyers you don't have enough storage space and it may stop them from wanting to set an appointment to see the home.
- Prepare the Exterior: Don't forget to prepare the exterior of your home as well. This includes mowing the lawn, trimming bushes, and cleaning up any clutter or debris.
- Remove the cars from the driveway: we want an unobstructed view of the home in every shot, whether from the ground or from the air. Cars in driveways or parked on the lawn will distract people from the focus of the photo.
In conclusion, preparing your home for professional photography is crucial when selling your home. By following these tips, you can ensure that your home looks its best and stands out from the competition.
- Jason & Amanda