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Some time may have passed since you’ve purged & cleaned to when the photographer arrives at your home.  Prior to photographing your home you’ll have had to prepped and staged your home.  My basic home staging guide should help you prepare for this. 

Now, hiring a professional photographer to shoot your home  is something that should not be overlooked.  In order to accomplish a professional shoot we’ll also need to follow a basic guide.  This list should help you quickly prepare your home for the shoot.

With a bit of windex, an afternoon of tidying, and a trip to Home Sense you can really add some sparkle to the shoot.  Spend the few extra hours to stage and prepare your home for photography and it your home will soon look like a magazine feature. 

Let’s Begin the Procedure for

Photographing Your Home for Sale:

#1: A Streak-Free Everything

Let's hear those windows squeak. Squeegees recommended.

Thoroughly clean all windows and mirrors to a streak free finish, and ensure that blinds and window-trim are dusted and wiped spotless. The flash will pick up all window streaks when photographing your home for sale. Touch-up paint on windowsills if necessary to ensure a brilliant and fresh looking finish.  Wash and iron the curtains or purchase new ones from Home Sense if necessary.  If you have blinds, please clean them!  A little time cleaning will add that wow factor, which can add thousands later on…

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What You'll Need

  • Windex
  • Lint-Free Cloth & Squeegee 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Karate Kid Moves 
  • Paint Brush & Paint 
  • Soap & Sponge 
  • Vacuum & Laundry  

#2: Let there be light!

Does your bedroom look like a lair for vampires?

Replace all of the burnt out lightbulbs in the room and ensure that all bulbs are the same colour temperature/kelvin. This means all ceiling fan lights should be the same, all pot lights in the same room, bathroom vanities, and floor standing lamps in the same room should be the same colour temperature.  And please, open the curtains!  Let that beautiful light into your room.  It will feel spacious, happier, and more welcoming. 

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#3: De-Clutter the Kitchen.

Sorry, the blender has to go.

Remove kitchen counter appliances such as Toasters, Kettles, Coffee Makers, and store them in a concealed space.  Yes, we know you’re proud of your Vitamix but buyer’s want to see the counter space and not your fancy appliances.  If it’s not for sale tuck it away neatly under the cupboards please.  

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Remove fridge magnets, personal photographs, calendars, from the surrounding area. Store all vitamins and supplements, cooking oils, books, etc inside of kitchen cupboards. Exceptions are made for staging items such as decorative oils, spices, hand towels, etc. A lot of these can be super cheap at Home Sense and go and long way when it comes to adding the extra finishing touches.  Give your home the magazine look and spend a few hundred dollars on some coordinated accent pieces.

#4 How many remotes do you have?

We know you're proud of your gadgets, but...

Store all TV remotes, newspapers, gaming controllers, cellphone charging plugs, etc into a concealed area or organized container.  Candles, Decorative Books, Pillows, and other staging items are really the only items we encourage to be visible in living rooms.

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#5 Did you make your bed today?

At the risk of sounding like our mothers:

There’s a huge difference between a “lived-in” look and a freshman dorm-room.  Remember to make your bed, fluff your pillows and straighten your linens around the bedroom.  Ensure that all couch cushions, throw blankets, etc are straightened and well arranged.  If you can, try to wash the couch covers and curtains if they need like they need some attention.  Please go easy on the throw pillows.  They start to take subtract from the roominess.

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#6 Bathroom vanities. Our sworn enemies.

Perhaps the drawers would be best for now.

Remove all toothbrush holders, medications, shampoo etc away from the bathroom counter and shower/tub area. Store these in a concealed rubbermaid under the sink. Add some wrapped or unused local artisan soaps, candles, and crisp hand towels. No, you don’t get to use these — they are strictly for staging!

Ensure the toilet lids are down and that all crevasses of the toilet base are sparkling clean. The camera flash really illuminates the times you missed. Store the toilet brush & plunger elsewhere.

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#7 Towels. Robes. Endless Clothes...

Let's talk laundry hampers and closets.

Make sure all clothing items are stored in the closets. Do not leave anything hanging on doors or on chairs, as the photographer will need to try different angles and play with the natural light. It is hard to do so when the door won’t open all the way, or the perfect angle features 3 house coats on the back of the door.

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#8: It's the The Final Wipedown...

Right when you thought it was all over...

Wipe down all cupboards, then the counters, then the floors. The key is to work from top to bottom. Don’t forget to scrub the tops of the floor-board trim/moulding for dust!  If you have carpet try to vacuum in the same direction like when you mow the lawn.  It’s just easier on the eyes and turns out better in the photographs online.   

And you're done! Good job everyone.

How does it all look after preparing your home for photos?
We bet it looks awesome in there!