Justin Holder Real Estate- PARKS
Justin Holder

Real Estate Photos and Prepping for Shooting your Home!

There’s nothing more important in marketing your home than making sure you’re being presented as well as possible….via incredible photos. With over 90% of the buyers making the photos their version of the first showing, they must be perfect!

As most of my friends know, I am pretty obsessed with cameras, due to my wanting to learn more about how magazines like Architectural Digest shoot their homes. That lead me to invest in full-frame cameras and all pro (L-series) lenses for my listings. I figure if my clients are going to compete with lots of other listings, we better show up the best…and they deserve the best from me!

Here are some tips I’ve assembled just for you! But don’t just read them, follow them! 🙂

The photo-shoot will take no more than 1-2 hours. I will be photographing both the inside and outside of your home.
I’ll be photographing all of the major rooms.
I will shoot the pantry and walk-in closets if they’re a selling feature and if convenient for you.
We normally do not photograph the garage unless it has special features.
If you have special features of your home that are not obvious please let me know about these so I include them in the shoot.
Contain pets in the garage or out of sight.
Turn off all fans, TVs and computer screen savers.
Remove all vehicles from driveways and do not park directly in front of the house.
Move garbage cans out of sight, such as garage.
Remove all garden tools including hoses and sprinklers.
Mow and rake yard if necessary.
Sweep driveways, sidewalks and patios.
Clear off counter tops in kitchen and bathroom areas.
Remove photos, notes and papers from the refrigerator.
Turn on all interior lights & lamps.
Open blinds about 25%.
De-clutter rooms which may be excessively furnished. They don’t photograph well.
Make all beds and tidy bedrooms. Clothes hung, or folded and put away.
Remove piles of newspaper and magazines.
Hide phone charging cords & misc extension cords as much as possible.
Tuck trash cans out of view in a closet or cupboard.
Let me know if your home contains valuable works of art. I can edit photos to make these items unrecognizable or make sure the are not in the photographs.
Please step out of the home or into another side of the home during the shoot. Each room will be shot in several angles and several exposures, so the wide lens can often see into adjoining rooms. Having freedom of the space will ensure the best quality product for you!

Good luck!
Justin Holder,
Bob Parks Realty, llc


Posted on December 4, 2012 at 5:41 pm by Justin Holder

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