Prepping a Home for a Quick, Clean, Photo Shoot


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After high demand, I’ve produced a document outlining the most common and helpful ways to prepare a home for a photo shoot. The more prepared your home is to shoot, the faster it will go, the better it will look, and the less it will cost in the end. I understand how much work it is to prepare a home, so I’ve tried to identify the most common items with an asterisk *. As a rule of thumb, start with the things which stand out the most, and work your way down.

 

In General:

* Turn ceiling fans OFF

* Turn TVs OFF

* Turn computer screens OFF

* Open blinds/window treatments to let in outside light. (Point blinds/shutters 45-degrees toward ceiling.)

* Make all beds

* Place shoes/jackets in closets

 

 

Exterior


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Front Exterior

* Remove cars from driveway and front of home

* Close garage doors

Remove visible water hoses

Remove toys, sports balls, basketball goals, soccer goals, etc.

 

Backyard

* Remove pool vacuum/cleaner hose

* Hide pool cleaning supplies

* Clean pool

Clean porch, tidy up outdoor tables/chairs/cushions

Clear out kids’ toys, balls, frisbees, etc.

Turn on pool fountains/water features

Remove visible water hoses

Remove trash cans

Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves)

Clear back yard of pet waste

 

Interior


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Living Room

Remove stacks of magazines, papers, mail, etc.

De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth (aim for less than 5 items, including art)

Fluff and arrange furniture pillows

Remove kids’ toys

Kitchen

* Try to clear countertops completely. Remove all small items, try to remove larger ones.

Try to leave out only one or two small appliance (ex. nice coffee maker, mixer )

Clear refrigerator of magnets, papers, photos, etc.

Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet

Remove dishes from sink, place in dishwasher

Hide soaps and soap pumps.

 

Dining Room

Clear table, dust and polish the table top

Use decorative place setting if available

Straighten all chairs and space them evenly

Remove child seats/booster chairs

 

Bedrooms

* Make bed, including decorative pillows/shams if available

* Clear nightstands of all personal items

* Put away phone/tablet charging cables

* Hide trash cans

Remove all clutter (or as much as possible) from top of dressers

Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos

 

Bathrooms

* Clear countertops completely. No soap, toothbrushes, medications, deodorant, perfumes (I know the bottles are pretty, but no).

* Remove shampoo, soap, loofahs, etc. from showers and tubs

* Remove dirty towels – leave out only new, unused towels

Put toilet seats down

Close closet doors

Remove floor mats

 

Pets

* Place food and water bowls in pantry or closet

* Place pet beds/toys in pantry or closet

Use lint roller on furniture to remove pet hair

 

 

 

Fine Tuning Beyond the Basics:


Interior:

Thoroughly clean whole house (vacuum carpet, mop hard floors, clean countertops, clean windows)

Look for and replace burned out light bulbs

Use bulbs of the same color temperature (ALL incandescent or ALL compact fluorescent)

Feature one decorative center piece such as a bouquet of flowers on dining room table

Remove personal photographs (or replace with decorative photographs)

Remove posters / names from bedroom walls

Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring

Remove family photos from walls

Press bed linens and bed skirts

Clean interior of fireplace and re-paint if needed

 

Exterior:

Pillows/cushions should be fresh, not faded

Use broom to remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames

Remove empty planters

 

 

Professional Home Staging


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Hiring a professional home stager can truly make a home stand out from its peers. From completely furnishing a home for every walk-through to just adding some accent decor for a photo shoot, there are different degrees of home staging to suit different situations. Contact us about adding home staging to a photo shoot. Staging starts at $500.