The expectation is that a home will be photo-ready for the scheduled shoot. Creating high-quality imagery is a team effort. The listing agent and the homeowners must be involved in the process. The home needs to be clean and decluttered though not necessarily ‘sterile.’
*Preparation Checklist (PDF)
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Depending on the size and complexity of the home and property, the shooting phase can take one to three hours.
For scheduling and liability purposes, I will only do very minimal staging to help the composition of a shot. This may include the moving of pillows, adjustment of chairs, lights or centerpieces. Cleaning and/or rearranging furniture or personal items are not within the Photographer’s scope.
Vehicles - Remove all vehicles from the driveway/property.
Trash cans and debris in front of the home will not make it attractive in photographs. Please confirm that all contracted work is completed prior to shooting schedule - contractors, gardeners, cleaning services, staging, etc.
Home Selling Tips
CONSIDERATIONS FOR EXTERIOR SHOTS - Light is everything!
The exterior shot will be the one that either entices or discourages potential buyers to take the time to view and consider a home.
Check the forecast ahead of time and give the photographer as much notice as possible if you and or your sellers want to reschedule.
The Home and the Sun:
It is important to remember which direction your home faces the sun so that the photographer can get the best photographs!
Home faces north – Morning is best for north facing homes because the front of the home is covered in shadows most of the day.
Home faces south – The front exterior should have good sunlight for most of the day if the home faces south.
Home faces east – East facing homes are better in the morning or early afternoon while the sun is on the front side of the home.
Home faces west – West facing homes are better in the early afternoon once the sun reaches the front side of the home.