In order that I am in a position to take photographs of your property that fully do it justice it should be prepared before my arrival. The photographs are your best way of convincing potential purchasers that your home is somewhere they wish to live. Here is a checklist of things to help you prepare your house for viewing and photographing:
- Move all vehicles away from the building.
- Hide away items such as washing lines, bins, building materials and toys
- Tidy the garden
- If you have garden furniture and a sun umbrella, and the weather is suitable, then please set it up.
A driveway clear of cars, and other items, makes for an attractive presentation of this property:
A light clear property, free of clutter, is always good for photographing.
- Ensure that all bulbs in all light fittings are working. Although I will be photographing in daylight, light fittings add a warmth and decorative quality to a house
- Clear clutter from work surfaces, shelves, tables and beds
- Make up all beds. Even if a bedroom is not in use it greatly improves presentation if a duvet or cover is covering the bed
- Remove clothes from the back of doors and hide slippers away
- Hide and tidy trailing cables
- Hide pet beds, bowls and litter trays
- Clear notice boards and remove fridge magnets
- Ensure that work surfaces in the kitchen are tidy and clear of most cooking utensils
- Vases of flowers and bowls of fruit will always make a good focal point in interior shots
- Tidy away the hundred and one lotions, potions, medicines and toothbrushes that we all store in our bathrooms. They can soon be resurrected when I am gone.
A well presented dining room showing no clutter, all light fittings working and the addition of a vase of flowers: