Requirements & Preparation Information
Be Ready For The Shoot: Please have your home “Photo Ready” before we arrive to shoot your photos. Discuss with your Realtor how to be “Photo Ready.” Scroll down and read: 7 Steps to De-Clutter Your Home for Sale.
Length Of The Session: In an average sized home of 2,000 square feet or less, photos usually take around one and a half to two hours.
Mistakes & Changes: Please let us know before the session, anything that you would like or don’t want to be photographed. Realtors, please point out any important details or features that stand out that you would like included. If we make any mistakes or leave something out we will do our best to fix it. If your home is NOT “Photo Ready” when we arrive to shoot, we will need to reschedule and an extra travel charge will be added to the invoice.
Pets: We love pets, but for everyone’s safety please keep them clear of the photo shoot .
Photography Ownership, Rights & Usage: All photos created for the Realtor and/or homeowner may be used for all marketing associated with the current sale of the property in accordance with local Arizona MLS rules. The photos are the sole property and are copyrighted by Edgeton Photography and are licensed to the homeowner and Realtor and NOT to third parties. If the Realtor purchased the photos and the homeowner discontinues using that Realtor then the homeowner or their new Realtor will have to purchase a new photo package.
Home Preparation: 7 Steps to De-Clutter Your Home for Sale
Your home may be in good condition and well built, yet simple clutter will create a perception of chaos, confusion, and disorder. The purchase decision is an emotional and intellectual response, based on a level of trust in your home. When buyers see clutter, they assume that the home has been neglected, with more to fix than meets the eye. This perception undermines your home’s market value.
De-cluttering is an essential part of your preparation and is virtually cost free. This activity goes hand in hand with moving. Before you put your home on the market, have a garage sale throw some things out, and box stuff up. Your move will be easier, and you will create an open, spacious, simplified look that buyers love. If you need support, a local home staging service can work with your furniture and create a whole new look. When it comes to selling your home, less is truly more.
- Front Yard
- De-cluttering starts with your front yard.
- Overgrown, shrubs give an old, tired look. Trim or remove them.
- Do not allow shrubs to cover windows. They block light on the interior and give an appearance of crowding on the exterior.
- Coil hoses and place any tools inside the garage.
- Find a place to store extra cars – other than the front of your house
- Too many flowerpots are distracting – use a few large pots with healthy plants. Never have empty pots or dead plants sitting around.
- Dried wreaths may be used on doors in winter, for a simple focal point.
- The buyers’ first impression is critical and shapes their attitude throughout the showing.
- Invest in a brand new welcome mat.
- Stains, scratches, and dirty spots create distractions to the eye and are a form of clutter. Clean, paint and eliminate as many of these as possible.
- Pay close attention to your front door. Is it dirty, darkened by mildew, or in need of re-finishing? Fresh paint or stain will make a huge difference.
- Consider having your whole house power washed to remove stains, spider webs, and other clutter.
- The foyer should be clear of shoes, coats, or excess items on the walls.
- Create a single focal point in the entry with an attractive table or painting.
- Living Areas
- Rooms should be sparsely furnished to appear larger and lighter.
- The garage or an off-site storage room can be used to hold extra pieces of furniture.
- Move large pieces of equipment – drums, telescopes, exercise equipment, etc. – to the garage or off-site.
- Do not allow furniture to block windows, doorways, or traffic patterns through rooms.
- Do not allow wires to cross traffic patterns.
- Choose one or two elements as the main points of interest in a room – wood floors, a view, a table or piece of furniture, a nicely made bed, etc.
- Too many personal collections and photographs are distracting for buyers.
- Buyers must be able to imagine their own family in the home.
- A few decorative items or photographs on tables are fine, but reduce these to just a few nice pieces.
- Large plants often take up too much space. Allow only a few healthy plants in the house.
- Bookshelves add a warm touch to a room, but be sure that they are not overloaded.
- Place books so that the backs are even. Lay some books horizontally, and leave open space for art objects.
- Open window blinds and leave on a few lamps for pleasant lighting.
- The kitchen is the heart of the home and plays an important part in attracting the heart of a buyer.
- This is an active area that usually needs special attention.
- Clean, evenly finished cabinetry is a must. Add new paint or stain, if necessary
- New cabinet pulls are an inexpensive item that can help tie the room together in terms of colors and finishes.
- Remove purely functional items – such as baking pans, small appliances, vitamins, phone books, plastic bags, etc.
- Do not have notes or photos on the refrigerator.
- Clear the counters completely, then add back a few decorator items.
- Choose decorative pieces that contribute to a warm, elegant, organized look.
- Some suggestions: Flowers, fruit, cookbooks, wine, bowls, antiques, new dish towels, small designer appliances, etc.
- Often the area under the sink needs organizing and cleaning.
- Never leave trash containers out in the kitchen.
- It is important to de-clutter bathrooms to give them a touch of elegance or romance.
- Keep in mind that you will give up some privacy during the marketing period.
- Start by removing everything from the counters.
- Remove any toilet brushes or cleaners that are visible.
- Put items that you use daily – toothbrushes, soaps, razors – in a container, and place the container inside in a cabinet.
- Decorate with fresh soaps, flowers, bowls, photos, or designer bath items.
- Invest in new towels and fold them carefully.
- Never leave medicines, money, x rated magazines, jewelry, guns, or personal possessions of this type on display.
- Bedrooms should appear restful and serene. Sparsely furnished is best.
- Use your best covers, or invest in new ones if yours are worn.
- Clear off bedside tables, and add back just a few books or nice items.
- Bedside lamps add a warm ambiance for showings.
- Remove excess paintings or photos from the walls.
- In some cases, old curtains do more harm than good. Take them down and clean the windows for a fresh look.
- Children’s bedrooms usually need to be simplified. Take down posters and box up toys. Avoid an overcrowded look.
- Organize your pantry with everything facing forward. Remove excess food and containers.
- Relieve your closets if they are stuffed. Pack items that are not needed.
- The laundry room often functions as a room with junk on the shelves. Clear everything out, and have just a few soap boxes visible.
- Create a Simple Background
Often sellers have organized their homes to express themselves – their travels, collections, interests, favorite colors and unique tastes. However, when selling a home, the goal is just the opposite. It is to create a clean, simple background that many different buyers would like to move into.
Excess items and clutter confuses and distracts buyers during showings. They should not be required to “look past” your possessions. They are there to see if your house fits them, and their emotional level response is a strong factor in their decision. Warm, clean, simple, spacious, well lighted, neutral – and uncluttered – these are the keys to getting the best price for your home.