Preparing For Your Home Shoot

A Home Shoot includes video, and/or photos of the following areas, where applicable. Note that all rooms must be accessible and camera-ready upon arrival of the photographer. Rooms that are not accessible or camera-ready will not be included in the shoot. Footage of other spaces or amenities is available for an additional fee. A reshoot fee may be assessed if the photographer must return to the property to shoot spaces that were inaccessible or not camera-ready during the shoot.

  • Exterior front of home
  • Exterior rear of home
  • Backyard (shot from house)
  • Deck or patio that is attached to house
  • Foyer
  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen
  • Den/Bonus room
  • Home office
  • Each bedroom
  • Each full bath and half-bath
  • Home office
  • Laundry room
  • Finished basement ( We do not routinely capture unfinished basements)

 

General Tips

 

Please be aware that photographers typically have several appointments in a row. To prevent delays, we ask that all listings be camera-ready at the scheduled time. There will be a cancellation fee if your photographer arrives at the listing and is unable to complete the shoot due to lack of access, property not being ready, pets being unsecured, etc.

  • Please be aware that the photographer is not permitted to clean, dust, move furniture, or otherwise stage the home.
  • Several days before your shoot, please verify that any work on the home has been completed and that no one except the agent is scheduled to be present during the shoot. If the listing is new construction, please verify that the punchlist has been completed. Photographers will not shoot homes where work is incomplete or contractors are on the property.
  • If you have booked a video shoot, please be aware that no people or pets can be on the property during the shoot. This is due to the way the videographer moves through the home. If people or pets are on the property when the videographer arrives, the shoot will have to be cancelled or rescheduled.
  • If you will be meeting the photographer at the property, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to turn on lights, do any last-minute tidying or staging, and ensure that no one is at the property.

 

Outside

 

  • Mow the lawn, trim shrubs, and tidy the landscaping.
  • Move cars out of sight (e.g., into the garage or in front of a neighbor’s house).
  • Place trash cans, bikes, toys, and other clutter out of sight.

 

Inside

 

  • Hide or remove any furniture or objects that will get in the photographer’s way as she moves through the home. Make sure that all doors open freely and that each room is camera-ready from all angles.
  • Replace any burned-out light bulbs and turn on ALL lights. Better lighting means better results!
  • Less is more. Remove clutter and knicknacks from flat surfaces (tables, shelves, etc.) and store excess furniture. Put away toys, books, and other personal items.
  • Clean kitchen counters and hide small appliances such as toasters or coffee makers. Remove magnets from the refrigerator.
  • In bathrooms, clean mirrors and counters. Close toilet seats.
  • Empty or hide all indoor trash cans.
  • Your photographer will shoot photos with an ultra-wide lens. Please plan to be in a different room or on a different floor to avoid being in the shot.

 

Pets

 

  • For everyone’s safety, please secure all pets during your shoot. If a photographer arrives to find any unsecured pets, the shoot may be cancelled or rescheduled and a cancellation/rescheduling fee assessed.
  • Hide pet equipment and paraphernalia such as litter boxes, food bowls, beds, and toys. Some home buyers have pet allergies and will reject a home without visiting it if they see evidence of pets.

 

CONTRACTORS

  • For everyone’s safety, please be sure other contractors will have completed their portion before your appointment. If a photographer arrives to find contractors, the shoot may be cancelled or rescheduled and a cancellation/rescheduling fee assessed. 
  • Please have your client schedule paint contractors at least 24 hours in advance so that as the photographer moves through the house, their equipment or clothing does not become blemished.
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