Preparing Your Home For Photography- Home Owner Guide

To get the most out of your photo shoot we recommend following these easy tips to prepare your home before your Melbourne Property Photographer arrives. This will ensure it is presented at its best, increasing the likelihood of a quicker sale and a higher price.

Day or Dusk and Elevated Photography

  •  Work out when your home looks best - morning, afternoon or dusk and organise your photography accordingly.

  • Houses with a lot of natural light during the day are best for a daytime shoot.

  • Houses that are well lit from the inside in the evening make for good dusk photography.

  • If you want to accentuate the outdoor spaces of your home then elevated or drone photography should be used as an add-on. 

General Tips

  • Neatly arrange all furniture and artefacts.

  • Declutter and remove all unwanted items.

  • Give your house a good clean, wipe away marks on walls, windows and blinds.

  • Hide electrical cables and unwanted hanging wires.

  • Turn on all lights including table lamps and range hood. Present your home the same way you would for the open for inspection. 

Kitchen

  • Declutter and clean all surfaces.

  • Neatly arrange fruit or flowers for a welcoming touch.

  • Hide away bench top appliances such as toasters and kettles, remove magnets from the fridge.

  • Hide away items stored on top and sides of fridge and cupboards including tea towels, soap, cleaning products, plugs, dish rack, bins, floor mats, pet bowls, keys, etc.

  • Clean cook top and range hood and ensure light is working.

Living

  • Declutter shelves and surfaces - remove TV remotes, magazines, newspapers, tissue boxes, exercise equipment, toys, pedestal fans, personal items such as family photos, birthday cards, Christmas decorations, etc.

  • Make sure all your furniture is neatly arranged.

  • Make sure all the lights are working and turn them on

Bedrooms

  • Remove clothes and personal items from the floor and other surfaces.

  • Neatly make beds and smooth out bed linen.

  • Ensure items stored under beds are not visible.

  • Tidy walk-in robes.

  • Ensure bedside lamps work and are switched on.

  • Remove unwanted items such as extra chairs, exercise equipment, soft toys, etc.

Bathrooms

  • Neatly hang matching towels (buy new ones if needed).

  • Clean mirrors, surfaces, shower screens and tiles (re-grout if needed).

  • Hide away bathmats, bath toys, bins, weight scales, toiletries, cosmetics and cleaning products.

  • Close toilet lids.

Dining Room

Outdoor Areas

  • Remove tablecloths (unless it’s an unappealing tabletop).

  • Neatly arrange items in display cabinets and shelves.

  • Set tables with your best cutlery or place settings or attractive centrepiece such as candles, flowers or fruit.

  •  Mow lawns and trim edges, weed, mulch and prune.

  • Clean the BBQ if it’s in sight.

  • Park cars, trailers, bikes and caravans out of sight.

  • Make sure all outside lights are working.

  • Don’t hose outside areas unless there’s enough drying time.

  • Set a table with glasses and wine bottle or water decanter.

  • Clean the pool, be careful splashing water around unless there’s enough drying time (remove creepy crawly, cleaning products and equipment, pool cover and pool toys). Remove garden equipment, tools, bins and play items

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