So, as you probably guessed by the title of this blog, real estate season is around the corner! One of my favorite parts of working at a photography studio is taking photos of houses. To me, it’s so much fun to come into a house and take photos that reveal the true beauty of a home. However, there is only so much beauty I can showcase in the photos without your help. In order to make your house look its best, here are some things you can do before my arrival to make your house look amazing in the listing photos:

  1. Less is more

Yes, I realize this one might sound a bit cliché, but it rings true. For example, clear countertops make the kitchen look so much more clean and clutter-free, not to mention bigger as well. Put your coats and shoes away too! Plus, it’s important to give the potential buyer a “blank slate”, or a generic room that they can easily imagine themselves living in. If you include too many personal touches, like photos, it makes it hard for them to imagine themselves and their belonging in the room. So, get rid of as much as you can in order to make the room as general as possible and get rid of clutter!

  1. Clean

Even just a quick speed-cleaning, you’d be surprised how much sweeping the floor and wiping the countertops can do! It helps get any filth off that may show in photos. One more important thing to do is clean windows, mirrors, and electronic screens! Children are especially dirty creatures, so they get smudge things very quickly. On a similar note, make sure to turn off any electronic screens when we are at your house.

  1. Lighting

As any photographer will tell you, lighting is important for any kind of photography. When we photograph your house, we bring flashes with us, but the natural light looks much better. So, if you have a decent view, open the curtains or blinds! Also, remember to turn on any lights in the room we are photographing too. It gives the photo a much more comfy look. Make sure to check the bulbs before we come to your house.

  1. Pets

If you have a pet, you know how messy they can be! We love pets too (both Kathy and I have dogs), but potential buyers may not. Before we come over, make sure to put their belongings, like bowls and toys, away. Don’t forget about outside as well! Also, take a lint roller over any furniture their hair may be on. Finally, please keep your dogs out of the photos! After all, Fido isn’t for sale! If possible, have them in a crate or kennel, or keep them in confined to a particular room.

  1. Yardwork

We all know the importance of curb appeal! We want potential buyers to get the best impression of your home possible, so it’s important to landscape! Remember to mow your lawn, trim the shrubs, clear the leaves and spider webs away from eaves and door frames. Remember to move any hoses and toys out of sight! Lastly, we will ask you to move your car from the drive and close your garage door while we take photos outside.

So there you have it! While we could go into detail about all the little nooks and crannies possible to clean, we think you get the idea. We hope that you take this guide and use it to your full advantage in order to have the most beautiful and spotless house possible in your photos so it will come off the market quickly!

– G


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