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Preparing your property for photos and marketing:
Remember.... Image is everything! Preparing your property properly has the potential to add many thousands of dollars to the sale price.
What to expect on the day:
If your marketing package includes photography and a floorplan the photographer will be on site for approximately 2 - 2.5 hours.
This time depends on the size of your property (number of bedrooms, bathrooms, living areas etc.) and whether or not you have a builders floorplan of the property. If you can furnish a builders floorplan the photographer will not have to measure your home manually thereby saving 1-1.5 hours.
The photographer will arrive promptly at the agreed time and will begin by having a look at your home to determing which areas will be photographed. They will also ask you questions about the property and make notes for use in the ad copy used to market your home. This is the time to ask any questions or express any concerns you may have regarding the photo shoot.
A normal shoot will include the master bedroom, at least one other bedroom, all living areas, kitchen, bathroom(s), outdoor entertaining areas and both front and back yards. (As well as any other features)
If twilight photos are part of your package you should make sure all globes and lamps are working and turned on, all blinds are open and sheer curtains taken down if practical. The idea is to maximise the amount of light emitted from the home.
Your agent will no doubt have told you to "De-clutter, de-clutter and de-clutter". This is good advice however... It doesn't really go far enough.
An excellent strategy is to choose a minor room in the house like a study or small bedroom and place all your clutter in there. The photographer may need to measure the room for the floor plan but there is no need to photograph every room in the house!!
It is very important to check all the lights in the home to make sure they all work. Replace any blown globes and plug in all lamps etc. and make sure they work.
VERY IMPORTANT: Avoid using different temperature globes. Generally it is best to use all "warm" globes instead of cool white globes as the cool globes can make your home look cold and uninviting. Using a mix of warm and cool globes is undesirable as it prevents the light looking cohesive.
Here is a room by room checklist to help you prepare for photos:
Lounge room and living areas: