REAL ESTATE | MLS PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS
Preparing for the photographer  

 

Tips to help increase the chance of quicker closing with polished photos of well prepared homes & property.  

 

General preparation:

  • Turn on all interior lights and replace all non-working bulbs.
  • Lower blinds and keep them open.
  • If the windows have curtains, open them.
  • Vacuum carpets and clean tile/wood floors.
  • Fluff and straighten pillows on sofas and chairs.
  • Turn off televisions, computers, and all fans.
  • Unplug and hide all non-essential electrical cords.
  • Confirm all windows and mirrors are clean and streak free.
  • Make sure beds are made and are clean.
  • Remove and hide all toiletries, bar soaps, shampoos, etc.
  • Remove kitchen and bath mats.
  • Clean off counter tops in bathrooms and kitchen.
  • Place a bowl of fruit on the kitchen table or counter to add color.
  • Make sure dining room table and chairs are clean and straight.
  • Remove any clutter from exterior of refrigerator.
  • Un-clutter the home by removing cleaning supplies, magazines, toys, etc.
  • Light the fireplace if possible.
  • Close toilet lid and fold all towels in bathrooms.
  • Close shower door or curtain.
  • Please have your home cleaned, prepped and staged prior to your shoot.
  • Do not hold an “Open House” during your photo shoot.
  • Please communicate any special requests prior to your appointment.
  • Do not schedule any other workers at the same time of your shoot.
  • Arrive early for your appointment to make sure the home is in order.

 

  • Exterior Tips:
  • Cars need to be in the garage with doors closed.
  • No cars parked in driveway or front of the house.
  • Remove all flags, hanging ornaments and home security signs.
  • Trim bushes, trees and plants to allow a clear view of the property.
  • Enhance curb appeal with landscaping and/or flowers.
  • Put patio umbrellas up and remove BBQ grill covers.
  • Clean swimming pool and put away cleaning equipment.
  • Close all windows and lower blinds to the same height.
  • Clean and sweep driveways, sidewalks and patios.
  • Hide trash cans, lawn and garden tools, etc..
  • Mow the yard and remove all lawn debris.
  • Disconnect and hide lawn hoses, if possible.

I hope our fantastic Texas hill country real estate agents, brokers and home owners preparing properties for sale finds these tips useful. 

Tip: Successful real estate relies heavily on great photography. Bad photos will diminish interest in even the greatest of properties. It’s absolutely vital that you have gorgeous photos of your properties. Hire a professional photographer (preferably with experience photographing homes and architecture).