Checklist for Property Owners:

 

Images present a significant aspect of marketing and sell your home.  Online visual products typically deliver the first impression to buyers when considering your home for viewing.  Make that buyer's intial experience of your home count.  Invest the time to prepare your home to help make the best photography possible for representing your home online.

 

Please assist us in creating images of your home that sell by following the tips below.  We thank you for having your home prepared and ready upon out arrival.

Whole House

  • Open blinds.

  • Turn on lights and lamps.

  • Remove items considered ‘clutter’ such as mail, tissue boxes, keys, remote controllers, and other loose items that you would not want people looking at on the internet

  • Consider packing away personal photographs now. Some small framed prints can make a space look homely, but large photos are something we are often asked to remove.

  • Declutter shelves, windowsills and benches.

  • Hide garbage bins inside and out.

  • Store all removed items in the garage, closets, or pick one room in your home to store all items that is NOT intended for photography. 

  • Kitchen

  • Declutter and clean counter-tops.

  • Empty sink, remove dish racks, washing liquid, tea towels etc.

  • Completely clear refrigerator of any magnets, pictures, lists etc. from front, sides and top.

Living spaces

  • Remove any loose unnecessary items – if your children have toys in the living area you may arrange them neatly or place them out of view.

Bathrooms

  • Remove day to day items such as shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toilet brush, any cleaning products, or untidy toilet paper (a neat roll on the dispenser is fine).

  • Check towels – if they look wrinkled, wet, grimy or mis-matched, it is preferable to have no towels.

  • Usually it is better to remove floor mats, so the flooring is visible clearly.

  • Bedrooms

  • Ensure bedding is neat and tidy – really check that blankets and quilts are neat, that sheets are not hanging down at the side or base of the bed and that pillows are neat and tidy.

  • Also check from the doorway (the most common place where we would set up the camera) to be sure that there are no loose items visible under the bed.

  • Check bedside tables and remove from sight any tissue boxes, remote controls, phones, chargers, digital clocks or any other items that you would not like people to look at on the internet – this can include anything from your reading glasses, your gold watch or your Ventolin inhaler.

  • In a child’s room please ensure toys are either packed away or arranged neatly.

  • Ensure all toilet lids are down.

Outdoors

  • Tidy lawns and garden beds.

  • Clear paths and driveways.

  • Hide pet bowls, toys and beds – if you have a dog and you are able to, take them out during the shoot remove bikes, pool outdoor toys (if you have a trampoline try to move it to a corner of the yard where it will be as out of the way as possible for photos).

  • Park cars away from home and driveway.

  • Straighten deck furniture.

  • Remove or neatly coil garden hoses.