Pre Shoot Staging Guide: Interior Design & Real Estate Photography
Preparing A Home For A Successful Shoot
In today's real estate market more than 93% of homebuyers begin their search online, so it’s important for you, as a seller, to make the first impression count! Here are some helpful tips to set your home up for a successful photo shoot.
Here's a checklist and some tips of what to do to get your residential home or property ready for a photography shoot.
- Turn ON all lights, and replace burnt out bulbs.
- Open blinds/window treatments to let in outside light. Adjustments may be made depending on lighting conditions.
- Turn OFF all ceiling fans.
- Remove anything from the floor that doesn’t belong on the floor.
- Hide stacks of papers/bills/magazines, and unsightly wires and cables.
- Put kid’s toys in storage containers.
- Clean all windows – remove streaks, dust and dirt.
- Close all lids, cupboards, drawers and doors.
- Laundry rooms, garages, closets/pantries will not be photographed unless they are specified on location with photographer.
- Living and Dining Areas
Straighten Pillows And Chairs
- Remove all personal items from table tops and open shelving, except for centerpieces and decorative items.
- Remove all remote controls.
- Clear all kitchen countertops, except for decorative items.
- Remove EVERYTHING from the outside of the refrigerator.
- Hide pet dishes, distills, sponges, dish soap, and trashcans.
- Remove dishes from sink, place in dishwasher.
- Remove kitchen rugs.
- Clear ALL items from tables and countertops, except decorative items.
- Make beds and straighten pillows.
- Hide trashcans (and Diaper Genies)
- Pickup all toys and put them in containers
- Towels should be hung straight, and towels hung on pegs or over shower stalls should be removed.
- Remove ALL items from the bathroom countertops, except for decorative items.
- Put toilet seats DOWN.
- Remove bath rugs.
- Empty the shower and sinks of shampoos, soaps, etc.
- Remove pet carriers, crates, pet dishes, and visible litter boxes.
- If you have pets that want to be in every shot, please crate them or otherwise contain them during the shoot.
- Remove ALL car(s), lawn equipment, debris, recycling, trashcans and other items from the driveway (must be out of sight).
- Mow the lawn and rake leaves/needles if necessary.
- Roll up hoses and hide sprinkler attachments.
- Open patio umbrellas.
- Remove items such as scoops and chemicals and toys.
- Close garage doors.
- Remove cars from driveway and front of home. Be sure to ask your neighbors not to park in the front of your home