Improve your home’s shot at a sale by maximizing light, removing clutter and refreshing plants before the photo shoot
- Do you have a professional photographer on staff?
- If you take the photos yourself, what equipment do you use — professional camera and tripod or just a cellphone?
- Will the agent or photographer bring in additional lighting if needed?
- How much time is typically allotted for the photo shoot?
- What can I do to make my home look its best in photos?
Perk up houseplants. Fresh green plants add a feeling of life and vibrancy to interior photos. Ailing plants, not so much. Trim away dead leaves with a pair of sharp scissors. Dust large-leaved plants with a soft cloth.
- Shoes in the entryway
- Piles of mail and paperwork
- Remote controls
- Kids’ toys that can’t be put neatly away
- Pet food bowls, beds and litter boxes (temporarily move these to an area that won’t be photographed)
- Front-of-fridge clutter (magnets, photos, cards)
Last but not least, check that all outside areas are neat and tidy, with outdoor furniture in place, tools put away and garbage cans tucked out of sight.