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How to prepare your house for a photoshoot

Every day clean is not always clean enough for a photo shoot. Use this guide to get your house photo-ready like you would for an open house.

Outside:

  • No cars in the driveway
  • No visible garbage cans
  • no visible garden hoses
  • Patio furniture near
  • Pool tools and toys put away
  • Front door closed
  • Nothing that can put a date on your picture (holiday decorations, etc.)
  • No political signs

Inside

  • All lights on, including lamps
  • Take up small area rugs that are hiding nice floors
  • All window treatments open, unless you can see the next house too close
  • De-clutter
  • Takedown restaining gates, if possible
  • Nothing that can put a date on your pictures(holiday decorations, etc.)
  • Replace dead light bulbs

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Kitchen

  • Minimize the number of small appliances on the countertops
  • No dish drying rack on the countertop
  • No dish towels hanging on handles
  • No garbage cans
  • No dish soaps or sponges on the sink
  • No clutter on top of the refrigerator
  • No clutter on the refrigerator (magnets pictures, etc.)
  • No pet dishes

Bathrooms

  • Toilet seats down
  • Shampoo bottles put away (we can see them through the glass doors)
  • No robes hanging on hooks
  • De-clutter countertops (no toothbrushes, razors, etc.)
  • No bathmats on the floor

 

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If there are a lot of kid's toys that have to be put away, we under that you can't put them all away at once. The idea is to put them all in one room before the photographer gets there. A room off to the side somewhere not visible from other rooms. And then we can shoot that room last.

Remember this is our one shot to make an "open house" that hundreds of people are going to see and look at every day. let's make yours the best looking on the internet!