Is your home photo ready

The “Ultimate Checklist” for Making Your Home Photo Ready

The “Ultimate Checklist” for Making Your Home Photo Ready

General Areas

✓ De-clutter as much as possible, especially excessively furnished rooms – store excess in garage. Replace all light bulbs with matching bulbs (warm preferred)
✓ Remove all personal items e.g. photos, kids arts and crafts
✓ Tidy / Hide all power leads / cables
✓ Move garbage cans out of sight.
✓ Remove piles of mail, newspaper and magazines. Clean all windows inside and out.

Living Areas / Recreational Rooms

✓ Turn off TV and put remotes away
✓ Remove all toys, fans, game consoles
✓ Remove Exercise bikes / equipment
✓ Arrange DVDs, games, books neatly in shelves
✓ Turn off and clean ceiling fan

Kitchen / Dining Areas

✓ Clean and put away all dishes / cutlery
✓ Remove all small appliances
✓ Clean all splash backs, range hoods and large appliances especially if stainless steel
✓ Remove all detergents, dish clothes, sponges, dish rack, tea towels, drain plugs.
✓ Ensure range hood lights are working
✓ Remove all objects from fridge e.g. magnets, photos
✓ Remove bins and pet bowls
✓ Minimize bench top clutter e.g. salt and pepper, coffee, cereal boxes

Bathrooms / Powder Rooms/Bedrooms

✓ Remove all soaps / shampoo / face washers / bath mats / toys / scales / bins
✓ Remove all tooth brushes / tooth paste / razors / hair dryers.
✓ Make sure glass and mirrors are spotless
✓ Remove all non-matching towels.
✓ Remove toilet cleaning utensils. Ensure toilet roll is not empty Close all toilet lids
✓ Make all beds. Solid color bedding photograph better than patterns.
✓ De-clutter toys, books, games, tissue boxes. Remove all personal items.
✓ Ensure bedside lamps are working. Remove posters / stickers from walls. Clear away all clothes.

Outside Areas

✓ Mow and rake the lawn and trim edges Rake / sweep up leaves, sticks, papers
✓ Remove all gardening equipment e.g. hoses, rakes, wheel barrows
✓ Sweep or preferably pressure clean driveway and paved areas Tidy garden e.g. weeds
✓ Remove washing and pins from clothes line
✓ Remove all cars / boats / bikes / trailers
✓ Remove all toys

Pool/Spa Areas

✓ Ensure pool is clean
✓ Remove all pool cleaners and poles
✓ Remove all pool toys

60 Minutes before Photo shoot Checklist

✓ De-Clutter every room that is being photographed
✓ Set the table (optional)
✓ Place wine glasses and wine on outside table (optional)
✓ Open all blinds
✓ Turn on all lights Turn off ceiling fans Turn off TV
✓ Keep children and pets out of the pictures
✓ Ensure vehicles can’t be seen (street in front of house should be clear of cars)
✓ Remove washing from clothes lines
✓ Photograph the inside and outside of your home. Photograph all of the major rooms.
✓ Do not photograph the garage unless it has special features.
✓ If you have special features of your home that are not obvious, include them in the shoot.
✓ If your home contains valuable works of art or other valuable items. Edit photos to make these items unrecognizable or make sure they are not in the photographs.

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