PREP FOR PHOTOS

So you're ready to list your home for sale!  Awesome!  With virtually all buyers beginning their search for homes online, it is imperative that your home is presented in a professional manner.  At Century 21 In-Studio Realty, we go above and beyond to make this a reality!  From complimentary home staging to professional photography, aerial, and videography, you can be assured that your home will SHINE online! 

 

This page was designed to assist you, the homeowner, in preparing your home for photographs.  Keep the page open, and work your way though it!  Take your time, and don't forget to have a break!

 

Please don't over exert yourself!  If you need some assistance, give us a call!   

General

- Tips for all areas in the home -

  • Thoroughly clean whole house (vacuum carpet, mop hard floors, clean countertops, clean windows)

  • Turn all overhead lights and lamps ON (on photo day)

  • Replace all burned out light bulbs.  

  • Use bulbs of the same temperature (ALL incandescent or ALL compact fluorescent)

  • Turn all ceiling fans OFF

  • Turn all TVs OFF

  • Turn all computer screens OFF

  • Open blinds/window treatments to let in outside light

  • Remove personal photographs (or replace with general landscape/object photographs)

  • Make all beds

  • Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring

  • Place all shoes/jackets in closets

  • Pack away any small trinkets - any decor that is smaller than a melon can be viewed as clutter

Exterior

- Online curb appeal, and a relaxing oasis -

FRONT EXTERIOR

The front of the house is often the first picture people will see

  • Close garage doors

  • Remove cars from driveway and front of home

  • Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves)

  • Remove empty planters

  • Use broom to remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames

  • Remove visible water hoses

  • Remove toys, sports balls, basketball goals, soccer goals, etc.

The backyard should be a relaxing oasis

BACKYARD

  • Clean porch, tidy up outdoor tables/chairs/cushions

  • Pillows/cushions should be fresh, not faded

  • Clear out kid's toys, balls, frisbees, etc.

  • Clean pool

  • Remove pool vacuum/cleaner hose

  • Hide pool cleaning supplies

  • Turn on pool fountains/water features

  • Remove visible water hoses

  • Remove trash cans

Kitchen

- often the focal point, the kitchen deserves attention to detail -

  • Clear countertops completely. No knife blocks, baking supplies, mail, etc.

  • Leave out max of one small appliance (ex. coffee maker)

  • Clear outside of refrigerator of magnets, papers, photos, etc.

  • Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet

  • Remove dishes from sink, place in dishwasher

Dining Room

- allow buyers to imagine a nice family meal -

  • Clear table, dust and polish the table top

  • Use decorative place setting if available

  • Feature one center piece such as a bouquet of flowers

  • Straighten all chairs and space them evenly

  • Remove child seats/booster chairs

Living Room

-the space to enjoy conversation and enjoy time with family -

  • Remove stacks of magazines, papers, mail, etc.

  • De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth (no more than 5 items, including art)

  • Clean interior of fireplace and re-paint if needed

  • Fluff and arrange furniture pillows

  • Remove kid's toys

Bedrooms

-rest for you and your guests -

  • Make bed, including decorative pillows/shams if available

  • Press bed linens and bed skirts

  • Clear nightstands of all personal items

  • Store away phone/tablet charging cables

  • Remove all clutter from top of dressers

  • Remove family photos from walls

  • Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos

Bathrooms

-to be spa-like, bathroom should be cleared from all personal items-

  • Clear countertops completely. No soap, toothbrushes, medications, deodorant, etc.

  • Put toilet seats down

  • Close closet doors

  • Remove shampoo, soap, loofahs, etc. from showers and tubs

  • Remove dirty towels - leave out only new, unused towels

  • Remove floor mats

Pets

-pets are loving, but their presence should be minimized-

  • Place food and water bowls in pantry or closet

  • Place pet beds/toys in pantry or closet

  • Use lint roller on furniture to remove pet hair

  • Contain pets in hidden crate or outside

  • Clear back yard of pet waste/toys

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