Most home buyers make decisions about which properties to view based what they see on Rightmove and other property portals. Photographs are probably the most influential part of the estate agents’ online advertisements and as a result many estate agents now use the services of professional photographers.
The property photography service I provide to estate agents does not include ‘home staging’ and whilst I am always happy (with the homeowner’s consent) to move a few items in order to improve the final image, the onus is on the homeowner to prepare the property prior to my arrival.
This is a general guide intended to provide advice to homeowners preparing their property for photography, but much of this advice is just as relevant when preparing for the visit of prospective buyers.
However, this cannot possibly be a ‘one size fits all’ guide because all properties are different and the ideal presentation of one type of property may look distinctly odd when applied to another. For example, an ultra modern contemporary home may benefit from a minimalist approach, with clean lines, formally placed furnishings and no clutter of any kind. However, a period cottage presented in this way will look false and unwelcoming – a more informal approach presenting an inviting home will be more appropriate.
Bins out of sight – we all have them but they don’t look great on the photos!
Cars off the drive
Cut the lawn and weed the borders
Neaten garden furniture (place cushions etc)
Put garden tools etc away
In the autumn/winter months sweep up the leaves
De-clutter as much as possible
Put away personal items/clothes etc
Make the beds
Remove dressing gowns from the backs of doors etc
Tidy up kids’ toys from main living areas
Remove kitchen bins
Remove tea towels from ovens etc
Remove unnecessary items from work surfaces
Remove pet items (food bowls, beds etc)
Remove remote controls etc from coffee tables
Close toilet seat lids
Remove detergent bottles
Fresh flowers/a bowl off fruit adorning a dining table always looks good
Plug in bedside lamps and check that bulbs all work
Make sure all inset ceiling light bulbs are working