How to prepare your home for professional photography
You only get one chance to make a first impression. Most buyers will preview your home online before they ever see it in person. That’s why we use professional photography to highlight your home’s best features and impress potential buyers right from the start. Before the photographer arrives, it is important that everything looks inviting, comfortable, and simple.
Please follow these easy tips to get your home ready to photograph.
Remove all cars (do not park directly in front of home as cars can be seen through windows on interior photos), bicycles, boats, garbage bins, hoses, alarm signs, empty pots or pots with dead plants.
Sweep off patios, decks and walk-ways.
Remove fallen limbs from yard.
If you have patio cushions, please arrange them neatly on the furniture.
Remove grill covers.
If you have a pool, please make sure the Polaris or cleaner has been pulled out.
Open all blinds, curtains, sheers (including in garage).
Turn on all ceiling lights, lamps, under counter lights, and turn OFF all ceiling fans. Replace any non-working bulbs.
Kitchen: please remove all soaps, sponges, drying racks, dirty dishes, food, such as snacks and cereal, off of counters and top of refrigerator, hide the garbage can, take towels off of the fronts of appliances, and remove everything from exterior of refrigerator.
Bathrooms: remove all personal items from countertops (razors, toothbrushes, soap, perfumes, personal photos, etc.) In the shower, hide shampoos, razors, sponges, soaps, squeegees, etc.
All pet beds, toys, bowls, food and supplies should be hidden. Also, please plan to confine your cats or dogs in a room.
Please attempt to hide cords for your electronics as best you can – if you don’t wish to unplug them, move a big plant or some other decorative item to help do the job.
Clean mirrors and shower doors, removing any smears.
Please assess lighting in each room. If you feel a room is too dark, bring in a few lamps to compensate.
Remove small area rugs. If you have wood floors or nice tile, it is better to show those than “hide” them with rugs.
Put all remote controls in drawers or under pillows.
Please make sure items hidden under beds do not show at a distance.
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- Judy B
If you only knew one thing about our experience with Bryan Hendricks, you should know that we bought a house at the worst possible time. In the winter/spring of 2021, as people were lining up for their first dose of the covid vaccine, there were far more buyers than there were houses available and the term, “unprecedented,” was commonplace and became the precedent. It was common to put an offer on a house and find out that there were 40 other offers. There were some houses that were on the market for less than 24 hours, and listings that were only online for hours before a “best and final,” deadline was set.
But Bryan was on top of everything. He was ready anytime a listing became available. He responded to all correspondence in a timely manner and made sure he never cost us a single opportunity, but used technology to create others and submit offers fast. In such a tough market, Bryan was a godsend. In about a month we had an offer accepted on a turn-key house, in a highly competitive price range, in a highly competitive area, AND best of all we didn’t have to offer $10k+ over asking price like so many others were doing.
While we were viewing a house, we would often see him looking at it like a home inspector might, and pointing out things we wouldn’t have noticed. He made suggestions and gave an idea on what it might cost to fix certain things. He told us when he saw a major concern about a house we liked, and why it would be difficult to sell that house later. That house could have been a nice commission for him, and he could have been done with us sooner, but he choose to tell us the big issue he saw that we never would have considered! He walked us through the process of what to expect once we make an offer and the next steps. He wanted to make sure nothing caught us by surprise.
He simply went above and beyond in every way you could imagine. On our final walk through, the lawn was out of control. 2 days later when we closed, the lawn was perfectly mowed. He knew we’d want pictures and wanted things to be nice. Above and beyond.
- Erica H
My wife an I had the opportunity to work with Bryan on the purchase of our home and the sell of two homes. If you are looking for someone that has your best interest at heart I would highly recommend him.
- Paul C
I have worked with Bryan a couple of times now and he is always such a pleasure! He goes above and beyond as a real estate agent every time. I have been on both the buying and selling side of the market with Bryan and he is such a great asset to have in either situation! I could not recommend him enough!