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Home Prep

This page is to be used as a guideline to help you and your clients prepare a listing for our arrival.

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Home Preparation Tips

We ask that all realtors please use this page as a guideline for your clients to follow for preparing their property for our photographers. Due to COVID-19 protocol, for our safety and yours,  photographers will be shooting properties in “as-in” condition, we are not to be held responsible for any of the listed details below. 

 

Our photographers are allocated a set time to shoot a property based on the package ordered. To ensure we are able to work at our best, the following is to be completed at least 1 hour prior to the photographers arrival. This gives a margin of time for miscellaneous tasks to be complete (i.e time for mop streaks to dry). If your clients have little ones with mountains of toys, we wish you luck. 

 

When the following is complete, have your clients lock up and leave a key in the lockbox. Clients are permitted to wait around until the photographer arrives to ensure everything is as it should be before we get started. 

Exterior 

  • No cars parked in the driveway or directly in front of the house

  • Clean and sweep driveways, sidewalks and patios

  • Hide trash cans, lawn and garden tools, etc.. inside garage 

  • Mow the yard and remove all lawn debris

  • Disconnect and hide lawn hoses, if possible

  • 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 the swimming pool and put away all cleaning equipment

  • Close all windows and lower blinds to the same height

Interior 

  • Turn on all interior lights and replace all non-working bulbs

  • We recommend 3500K Neutral White LED Bulb

  • Window coverings:

    • Blinds: Open 2/3rds of the way and tilt upwards

    • Drapery: Pull back to end of window

    • Shades: Pull all the way up

  • Fluff and straighten pillows on sofas and chairs.

  • Turn off televisions, computers

  • Unplug and hide all non-essential electrical cords

  • Remove all plug in fans

  • Confirm all windows and mirrors are clean and streak free.

  • Confirm beds are made and are clean.

  • Light the fireplace if possible.

  • Close the toilet lid and fold all towels in the bathrooms.

  • Close shower door or curtain.

  • Remove and hide all toiletries, bar soaps, shampoos, etc.

  • Remove kitchen and bath mats.

  • Clean off counter tops in bathrooms and kitchen

  • Remove any clutter from the exterior of the refrigerator.

  • Make sure the dining room table and chairs are clean and straight.

  • Declutter the home by removing cleaning supplies, magazines, toys, etc.

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