Spotlight on Staging

A virtual tour makes a great impression when it comes to showcasing your listing, so we recommend that you stage your home for our photo shoots just like you would for an open house.

To make your appointment–and the photographer’s job–a bit easier, we thought we’d provide some help.

To start, we ask that you at least have the home “photo-ready”.  If you can, clean everything a day or two ahead of time and schedule the shoot for when kids or pets aren’t present. As for the rest, we compiled a list of tips from our wonderful photographers:

  • Close windows and doors.
  • Turn on all lights and replace burnt-out light bulbs.
  • Instead of trying to jam everything in closets, put large objects in the garage or, as a last resort, you can move big things around from room to room.
  • Hide cords/cables, trashcans, tissue boxes, dog/cat bowls.
  • Take laundry out of washer and dryer.
  • Move cars from the driveway and other visible exterior areas.
  • Kitchens:  Clear it out; then go back and take out everything else that you left the first time (magnets on fridge, extra appliances, towels, sponges, soap, notes/papers/pictures, etc.)
  • Bathroom: Remove floor mats and everything on the counter that isn’t decorative soap.  Having a tray for lotion, soap, hair products, etc. makes it 100x easier to move them around if needed.
  • Anything having to do with chores—brooms, laundry, dishes, pet stuff—should be put away.
  • Find out when the sun hits the front of the house for best exterior photos.

As one of our senior photographers put it: “In the world of real estate photography, nothing ever gets dirty, needs to be cleaned, no one gets sick, etc.”; so remove the traces of what make it your home and let your potential buyers picture it as theirs!

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