Photography Check List

BREP Real Estate Photography Checklist
At Boise Real Estate Photography, our goal is to present your home at its best. Your goal should be to present a clean, spacious, clutter-free home – the kind you’d like to buy! Your home for sale listing photographs can make or break the sale of your home, so we’ve created a checklist to help you prepare your home for showing and photos:

Curb Appeal:
Mow lawn and trim shrubs
Edge gardens and walkways
Remove all cars from driveway
Hide garbage cans inside garage
Sweep walkways and driveways, remove branches, litter, and toys
Add color and fill bare spots with plantings
Remove mildew or moss from walls or walkways with bleach and water
Take stains off your driveway with cleaner or kitty litter
Stack woodpile neatly
Clean and repair patio and deck areas
Remove any outdoor furniture that is not in good shape
Make sure pool is sparkling clean
Replace old storm doors
Check for flat-fitting roof shingles
Repair broken windows/shutters, replace torn screens, make sure frames and seams have solid caulking
Hose off exterior wood and trim, replace damaged bricks or wood
Clean and remove rust from any window A/C units or store them away
Paint the front door and mailbox
Add a new front door mat and consider seasonal door decoration
Shine brass hardware on front door, exterior lighting fixtures, etc.
Make sure doorbell is in working order

General Interior Tips:
Add a fresh coat of interior paint in light, neutral colors
Shampoo carpeting, replace if necessary
Clean and wax hardwood floors, refinish if necessary
Clean and wash kitchen and bathroom floors
Wash all windows, vacuum blinds, wash window sills
Clean the fireplace
Clean out and organize closets, add extra space by packing clothes and items you won’t need again until after you’ve moved

Remove extra furniture, worn rugs, and items you don’t use: put away papers, toys, etc., especially from stairs
Repair easy fixes: loose doorknobs, cracked molding, leaky taps and toilets, squeaky doors, closet or screen doors off their tracks, etc.
Add dished potpourri or drop of vanilla or bath oil on light bulbs for scent
Secure jewelry, cash, or other valuables

Kitchen:
Make sure appliances are spotless inside and out (try baking soda for cleaning Formica stains)
Make sure all appliances are in working order
Clean often-forgotten spots on top of fridge and under sink
Wax or sponge floors to brilliant shine, clean baseboards
Organize items inside cabinets, pre-pack anything you won’t be using before your move
Keep counters as clear and empty as possible

Living Room:
Make it cozy and inviting, discard chipped or worn furniture and frayed or worn rugs
Consider packing away personal photos
Remove as much clutter as possible

Bathrooms:
Remove all rust and mildew
Make sure tile, fixtures, shower doors, are immaculate and shining
Stow all personal hygiene items
Put out fresh towels and linens

Master Bedroom:
Organize furniture to create a spacious look with well-defined sitting, sleeping, and dressing areas
Organize and minimize clutter in closets
Dining Room:
Polish any visible silver or crystal
Set the table for a formal dinner to help viewers imagine entertaining here

Basement:

Sell, give away, or throw out all unnecessary items
Organize and create more space by hanging tools and placing items on shelves
Clean water heater and drain sediment
Change furnace filter
Make inspection access easy
Clean and paint concrete floors and walls
Provide strong overhead lighting

Attic:
Tidy up by discarding or pre-packing
Make sure exposed insulation is visible and in good condition
Make sure air vent is in good working order
Provide strong overhead lighting

When It’s Time to Show:
Make sure all marketing materials are readily available in a convenient location, such as the kitchen
Open all draperies and shades, turn on all lights
Keep the home at a comfortable temperature
Pick up toys and other clutter, check to make sure beds are made and clothes are put away
Give the carpets a quick vacuuming
Avoid using the dishwasher, washer, and dryer while your home is being shown
Add some strategically placed fresh flowers throughout the home
Open bathroom window for fresh air
Store prescription drugs in a private place
Pop a spicy dessert or just a pan of cinnamon in the oven for aroma. The smell of freshly-baked cookies is always appealing.
Grind fresh lemon in the garbage disposal or boil cinnamon sticks to add a fresh scent
Turn off the TV and put on some light, non-offensive music at a low volume
Make a fire in the fireplace (optional)
Put pets in the backyard or arrange for a friend to keep them
Make sure pet areas are clean and 100% odor-free

When hiring a Boise Photographer remember Boise Real Estate Photography. The leading Real Estate Photography Service in the Treasure Valley. Look at our work and ask your agent to contact us about providing images for your home.

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