As a realtor, I am sure you would love to increase commission on your listing. One of the most overlooked features of a listing is the preparedness of a home for real estate photography. You as an agent are paying good money to boost your listing with quality photos but you may be missing something. Did you see that lingering toothbrush in the bathroom? How about the dirty dishes on the counter or the cat in the hallway or even the cars in the driveway. The list goes on and on.
Let’s take a look at the top things to look out for when preparing a home for real estate photography.
Interior Preparedness Tips
- Open blinds/window treatments to let in outside light. Ambient Light will go a long way in helping with photo quality.
- Remove Cluttered/stacked magazines, papers, mail, etc.
- Declutter fireplace area. The rule is usually no more than 5 items.
- Remove items from the entryway.
- Hide drain plugs
- Remove all dishes (Jars, Coffee Makers can stay but the more things put away the better.)
- All Trash Cans need to be removed
- Pet food and water bowls must go
- Remove Paper towel holders
- Store toothbrushes
- Hide Soaps, Shampoos, Loofah’s, etc.
- Make sure toilet paper roll is straight
- Store hair brushes
- Hide Curling Irons
- Make sure beds are made and all creases are flat.
- Fluff Pillows
- Remove all non-furniture items.
- Clear nightstands and dressers of all personal items
- Put away charging cables
Exterior Preparedness Tips
- Remove Cars from driveways. Some MLS services will not allow cars in the driveway in pictures.
- Roll up hoses
- Lawns should be well manicured and trimmed
- Leaves should be raked up
- Remove Pool Covers and Grill Covers
- Remove Children’s toys when possible
- Blow or sweep walkways, patios, and driveways.
- Remove any unnecessary clutter
- Remove Pool Cleaners and skimmers
- Remove Security Signs in the yard
This may seem like an exhausting list of preparedness items but if you advise your client to take these steps before your photographer arrives. It will make for a much better experience for all parties involved. Best of all is that the pictures you put on the MLS will put you ahead of many realtors in your market. The better images can increase your commission and make your customer happy since you got over asking price for their listing, RIGHT?
To make things easier for you, I am including this comprehensive checklist to hand out to your clients.