Real Estate Photography Pre-shoot Checklist


In today's real estate market, nearly all home buyers start their search online. Your property is about to go on display and needs to look it's absolute best. If you have a scheduled shoot with Elevated Coastal Productions follow the below pre-shoot checklist to help you make your house look its very best:

  • Both the Interior and Exterior should be ready for photos when photographer arrives.
  • The photographer will not be staging your home so ask your agent for staging advice.
  • Remove all vehicles from driveway and move trash containers to the curb away from the front of the home, or to the garage if the garage is not being photographed.
  • Make sure all beds are made and bedrooms are picked up.
  • Make sure all counters are cleaned off in kitchens, baths, bar areas, etc. I recommend no more than three items remaining on counter tops. The photographer absolutely will not handle personal hygiene items. Clean all windows and mirrors. Smudges will show up in the photos.
  • Remove all magnets, schedules, calendars, etc. from the refrigerator.
  • Turn off all ceiling fans.
  • Check all light fixtures for burned out bulbs and replace.
  • Check bathroom towel racks. Arrange towels in a neat and orderly fashion.
  • Remove all items from showers and tubs.
  • Close lids to all toilets.
  • Please place pets in a comfortable pet carrier and place them in a comfortable room that will not be photographed or temporarily take them off the property.
  • Remove any signs that you have pets (crates, litter box, waste in the yard, food and water bowls)
  • Check outside! Make sure the grass is cut and trimmed. Remove unsightly weeds and vegetation.
  • Clean off and arrange outside furniture to highlight the outside living area.
  • Sweep or spray off driveway, sidewalks, decks, and patios so it looks clean and inviting.
  • Remove all floor mats and area rugs from bathrooms and kitchen.
  • Clear off bookcases leaving only a few things on each shelf.
  • Avoid hiding items under the bed. They will be seen in the photos.
  • Move chords out of site. (lamps, computer, etc.)
  • Clear home office of ALL clutter. Box up loose papers.
  • Clear all items off bedside tables.
  • For your family's safety, remove personal pictures, remove children's names from their bedroom.

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