Preparing a House
- Remove clutter from bookshelves, fireplace mantles, coffee tables, bedrooms, kids’ rooms, kitchen, and anywhere else photographs will be taken.
- Remove personal or family photographs.
- Open all window coverings to make rooms appear brighter and larger.
- Turn on all lights and replace all burned out light bulbs.
- Conceal garbage and recycle containers.
- Clear kitchen counter tops and remove all pictures and magnets from refrigerator.
- Keep floor coverings such as throw rugs to a minimum.
- Remove table coverings.
- Remove all signs of pets including food/water bowls, pet beds, chew toys, crates, etc.
- Clear bathroom counter tops, lower toilet lids, and put out nicest towels.
- Empty shower or tub of soaps, shampoos, shaving items, caddies, etc.
- Hide valuables and medications.
- Conceal all trash, yard waste and recycle bins.
- Move vehicles out of driveways and away from the front of the property.
- Make sure hedges, shrubs, lawn etc. are neatly trimmed and leaves are raked.
- Conceal gardening tools, mowers etc.
- Remove or coil hoses.
- Remove kids’ toys and/or pet toys.
- Open patio umbrellas and set out cushions.
- Clean up all pet feces (photographer may walk through yard/garden to get various shots)
Lyle Jansma of Jansma Design is simply one of the best photographers around. He brings energy, passion and a critical eye to all my real estate photos. He has all the latest equipment to ensure photos are available to every possible outlet and he always shoots for a standard of excellence. I receive regular feedback from my Sellers how happy they are with the way their home is represented in print and the web. He is a joy to work with.
Greg Crosby, Realtor
John L. Scott/Anacortes