I’ve taken a load of photos of people’s bedrooms, bathrooms, and living areas – And sometimes they’re not even at home! That might sound weird, but hey, it’s my job. As a real estate photographer, me and my team have seen more than our fair share of both awe-inspiring & nightmare-inducing properties. And in nearly all cases, it’s just one thing that really separates the two: effort.
And not just from the vendors or tenants, but from agents too.
No one likes seeing (or even unfortunately sometimes, smelling) an underprepared home. You already know this. This isn’t going to be one of those articles where I politely remind you how important presenting a house is for photography, because I have faith that you already know that fact very well. Rather, I’m going to outline the things that people seem to leave behind even AFTER they tell the agent they’ve done everything to.
Below, we’ve outlined the biggest culprits of an unsightly home that people tend to look over.
Before going on, you can download our house preparation checklist here which outlines everything you & your vendors will need to look out for in preparing a property.
Aim to declutter basically everything from your kitchen. A nice fruitbowl, knife block, and espresso machine on the counter is all you need. Maybe even an open recipe book if you’re feeling a bit Nigella.
Microwaves take up a lot of space & are typically unsightly. If you can, move it. If not, make sure you don’t have clutter sitting around or on top of it. Drying racks, chopping boards, bins, and tea towels can go too. Photographers typically don’t shoot laundries, so if you need more space to hide things, consider stashing them there.
You need even less in bathrooms. Literally if there’s nothing in there, it’d be close to perfect. A nice bottle of hand soap, hand towels, and a small pot plant near the sink is all it takes to make the place sparkle (assuming you’ve done the cleaning too!).
Things to watch out for include bottles, soap, and racks in the shower. In particular, hanging racks with bottles of half-used soaps and shampoos should be removed in order to maximize the perception of space, as showers aren’t big as they are.
All your personal effects should be removed from bedside tables. If you can, please consider unplugging and removing that old digital clock that would fetch a price at your local antiques auction. A bedside lamp and maybe a nice book or two will set the vibe adequately.
Setting up the bed itself is undoubtedly an artform. The secret sauce seems to be to setting up your spread alongside an impractical amount of pillows. We don’t question this because frankly, it does actually look better on camera.
That’s it! We’ve only mentioned the overlooked areas as people are typically pretty good when it comes to all the other spaces. However we recommend that you download the checklist we’ve prepared for you below & ensure that you go through every single item on the list.
With a little bit of effort & guidance, these seemingly small changes will make a huge difference not only to our work as photographers, but also to prospective buyers who will be visiting your open homes.
If you require any further advice for how to best prepare for professional photography for your listing, feel free to get in touch using our contact page.
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