How To Prepare For Real Estate Photos

This is all the information you need on how to prepare for real estate photos.

Exterior - Front

Remove vehicles from driveways, and street in front of home.
Yard should be mowed, edged, and grass blown/removed between three and four days before the shoot. DO NOT mow the yard within two days of the shoot as the grass will not have had time to heal from the cut, will appear more yellow , and may still have mower track marks in photos. The cameras we use are super sensitive and may pick up on tracks from mowers that the human eye cannot see if yard is cut too close to the shoot date.
Please remove any and all signage from the front yard. This includes alarm (ADT) signs, school signs, and the agent sign if it’s already been placed in the yard.
Porch should be cleaned thoroughly, and power washed. Any furniture that is on the porch should be in good working order, and appear clean and undamaged.
Driveway, and sidewalks should be power washed no more than two days before the shoot is to take place.
All trees, bushes, and flower beds should be freshly mulched. All bushes, trees, and plants should be neatly trimmed. Ensure that you trim any bushes or trees a week in advance of the shoot to allow a little time to heal. REMOVE DEAD PLANTS. All dead plants should be removed prior to the shoot. This includes flowers, bushes, shrubs, and trees. Ensure that you allow the yard time to properly heal after removal of dead plants or cover with mulch if possible.
Disconnect and remove garden hoses from all areas of the home. Remove all gardening utensils (shovels, etc.) and materials (bags of soil, etc) from yard.

Exterior - Rear

Patio should be cleaned thoroughly, and power washed. Any furniture that is on the porch should be in good working order, and appear clean and undamaged.
Pools and hot tubs should be cleaned, and shocked no more than two days prior to your shoot. Preferably the day before your shoot is scheduled. All pool furniture should be in good working order, and clean. Wash any cloth covers no more than two days before your shoot to ensure they remain clean until the shoot. REMOVE THE CLEANING SHARK PRIOR TO YOUR SHOOT.
All trees, bushes, and flower beds should be freshly mulched. All bushes, trees, and plants should be neatly trimmed. Ensure that you trim any bushes or trees a week in advance of the shoot to allow a little time to heal. REMOVE DEAD PLANTS. All dead plants should be removed prior to the shoot. This includes flowers, bushes, shrubs, and trees. Ensure that you allow the yard time to properly heal after removal of dead plants or cover with mulch if possible.
Please ensure that all doggie land mines are removed from the back yard. Believe it or not, they can show up in photos. Also, your photographer will be photographing your back yard, and we don’t want to track any doggie oopsies into the home.
Dog houses are an extension of your home, and should be clean and in good condition. Ideally, the dog house should be painted to match the home if possible. Ensure that all feeding bowls and food is stored out of sight during your shoot.
Disconnect and remove garden hoses from all areas of the home. Remove all gardening utensils (shovels, etc.) and materials (bags of soil, etc) from yard.
Sheds are an extension of your home. Sheds should be in good repair, and doors should be closed.

Interior - General

REMOVE ALL REFERENCES TO CHILDRENS NAMES (INCLUDING JUST INITIALS) FROM EVERY AREA IN THE HOME. DO NOT HAVE CHILDRENS NAMES APPEAR ANYWHERE IN THE HOME!
REMOVE ALL REFERENCES TO CHILDRENS' SCHOOLS FROM EVERY AREA OF THE HOME INCLUDING TROPHIES AND AWARDS! REMOVE ALL REFERENCES TO CHILDRENS ACTIVITIES SUCH AS SPORTING AWARDS, CLOTHING OR ANY OTHER ITEMS THAT MAY INDICATE ACTIVITIES OF THE CHILDREN.
REMOVE ALL PETS FROM THE HOME DURING YOUR SHOOT! PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE HOME WHILE THE SHOOT IS TAKING PLACE. Remove all pet bowls, foods, toys, litter boxes, and other pet related items from the shooting area.
REMOVE ALL MEDICINES FROM VIEW!
All mats, rugs, small carpets, and other non-permanent floor coverings should be removed from the floors. Floor mats and similar items make the floor look smaller which will in turn, make the home feel smaller.
All personal items such as photos should be removed from the walls, and any other places where they might be visible.
TURN ON EVERY LIGHT IN THE HOME (ALMOST)!
TURN OFF EVERY CEILING FAN INCLUDING THE LIGHTS
Ensure that every blind will open, and that it is accessible for the photographer to open. Open ALL curtains as wide as they will open.
Ensure that every television and computer monitor is turned OFF.