Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Picture Perfect

After an adventurous week in real estate photography, I decided that maybe it is time to get out an old post, dust it off, update a bit and re-blog it.  It's it about preparing your home for a photo shoot and it is packed with tips to get your home ready and looking it's best.

So, here it is.....

Preparing for a Virtual Tour

Getting your home ready for photographing is very important when choosing to market property online. Remember that a 360 interactive virtual tour will be like an open house 24/7, so a little time spent preparing now will certainly pay off in the end.

Our photographers have several tours scheduled each day, therefore it is important that the home be in the condition you want it photographed in when the photographer arrives. A virtual tour will make your property look amazing online with a little advance preparation from you.

Here are some tips to get your property ready and looking its best:


  • Spruce up your lawn and garden. Trim shrubbery and replace or remove dead plants if necessary.
  • Yard and patio/porch should be neat and tidy. Outdoor furniture should be clean and neat.
  • Mow the lawn and water if it has turned brown in the summertime.
  • Clear clutter - toys, bikes, brooms, etc.
  • Winter - keep the pool clear and clean.

Living Areas

Stuff under the bed is bad
  • Remove clutter and tidy up tables, furniture and shelves
  • Move excess furniture out of the room (pet crates, tray tables, etc.). A clean, open, clutter free space is best.
  • Replace burnt out light bulbs! These really stick out in the photos.
  • Don't tuck things behind doors or under furniture. The camera catches it every time!


  • Clear any clutter from the counters. Move the basket of mail, meds, brown bananas, etc.
  • Make sure dishes are put away. Don't leave them in the sink or on the drainboard.
  • Empty or put away the garbage can.
  • Clear the magnets, artwork, photos, etc from the refrigerator.


  • Put essential toiletries in a small box that can be tucked away.
  • Close the toilet lid and empty the garbage can.
  • Clean the mirror and glass surfaces. The flash really highlights those smudges and water marks.
  • Hang towels neatly from the towel rack. Remove clothing from hooks or the back of the door.


Remove clutter
  • Check both indoors and out for clutter. Make sure everything is neat and tidy.
  • Try not to be in the room where the photographer is photographing so you don't end up in the photo.
  • Do not schedule other workers to be in the home at the same time. We just end up in each other's way and it makes it difficult for everyone to do their job appropriately.
  • Make arrangements for pets. They should be kenneled or at doggie day care, so the photographer can access all areas of the home for photographing.

The photographer will NOT

  • Move furniture
  • Clean or dust
  • Pick up clutter (toys, dishes, pet beds etc.)
  • Wait for areas to be cleaned. Photographers have several tours each day and each one deserves it's full time allotment.

The photographer will

  • Make small adjustments for a better photo composition
  • Work with you to find a time that is convenient for photographing

If you have questions about your virtual tour photo shoot, please feel free to contact us. We want to work with you to make your tour the best possible.