Great photos sell homes! In order to have great photos, the homeowner must reduce clutter and "stage" the home for sale.
If you are not hiring a professional stager, please ensure these tasks are complete before I arrive for the photo shoot.
Thoroughly clean whole house (vacuum carpet, mop hard floors, clean countertops, clean windows)
Turn all overhead lights and lamps ON
Replace all burned out light bulbs Use bulbs of the same temperature (ALL incandescent or ALL compact fluorescent)
Turn all ceiling fans, TVs & Computer screens OFF
Hide all trash cans
Remove all magnets and paper from refrigerator
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
Place all toiletries (toothpaste, shampoo, etc) in a closet or cabinet
Before Clutter Removal
After Clutter Removal
Close garage doors
Remove cars from driveway and front of home
Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves)
Use broom to remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames
Remove toys, sports balls, basketball goals, soccer goals, etc.
Clean porch, tidy up outdoor tables/chairs/cushions
Pillows/cushions should be fresh, not faded
Clear out kid's toys, balls, frisbees, etc.
Turn on pool fountains/water features
Remove visible water hoses
Remove or hide trash cans