Tips to Prepare Your Home's Exterior BEFORE the Photographer Arrives

Curb Appeal is huge, and you want to make the best first impression even before potential Buyers enter your home.

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Here’s some tips to help you or your sellers get their home ready before the photographer shows up to photograph the home.

  1. Have the lawn trimmed, leaves raked, bushes and trees pruned.

  2. Clean up after any animal

  3. Put away all garbage cans, hoses, garden tools, toys, bikes etc.

  4. Hide any “cute” yard decorations.

  5. In snowy climates, shovel snow from walkways, driveways, patios, decks when necessary.

  6. If there is a pool, hot tub, or spa, take any security gate down, uncover, and clean.

  7. If there will be any twilight photos taken, replace any broken lighting on the home, around the landscape, and in the pool.

  8. Open the umbrellas on any patio sets.

  9. When in season, uncover grills.

  10. Remove any seasonal/holiday decorations.

  11. Consider adding splashes of bright colored flowers to the landscape and in pots.

Get Your Home's Interior Photographer Ready!

Did you know that up to 95% of Home Buyers view real estate listings online before viewing the home in person?

Your listing photos are going to be syndicated out to hundred of thousands of real estate and broker websites, so making your listing stand out is imperative. To ensure that you promote your home or listing in the best light possible it’s important to plan ahead BEFORE the photographers arrive.

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Here is a list tips and ideas to help get your home’s interior photographer ready:

  1. De-clutter as much as possible. Put away toys, clothing, dishes, towels, shoes etc.

  2. Depersonalized to a certain degree. Photos of young children and any potentially offensive art (believe me, you would be surprised what we have seen) should be put away.

  3. Remove any holiday decorations that can quickly outdate your photos.

  4. Be sure to vacuum and dust before hand.

  5. Make all the beds and fluff up all the pillows.

  6. Clear all kitchen counter tops and put away toasters, can openers, etc.

  7. Clear all bathroom counter tops and put away all personal items.

  8. Remove all shampoos, conditioners, body-washes, etc. from the shower.

  9. Put out the guest towels and hide all the others.

  10. Remove all magnets and decorations from the refrigerator.

Stage Your Listing VIRTUALLY... Yes, that's a THING!

Want to spice up those vacant listing shoots?

Now you can, with beautiful virtual staging.

One of the most effective techniques to quickly sell a home is to let the buyer imagine how their new home will look like once they are all moved in. This can be harder than it seems, especially when looking through an empty home. However, there is a way to make this vision a reality, and it’s called virtual staging.


Full Frame Creative offers Virtual Staging Services which is the process of staging a home virtually, wherein graphic editors design the interior of a property based on the aesthetics and personality of the home. This is done by creating highly realistic furniture, decor and accent pieces then integrating them into an image of a vacant interior.

Buyers are more attracted to listings online that feature well-furnished interiors rather than photos of an empty home. Images of rooms with accent pieces, relaxing sofas, and decor give off a feeling of life and warmth. This makes Buyer’s more apt to imagine themselves and their things in the home.

For just $50/shot, or 5 shots for $225, we'll augment our already-fantastic photos to give viewers a much clearer idea of your listing's potential! 

To learn more about Virtual Staging call us today at (800) 877-8012 or visit our Virtual Staging Page for more info!

Requires order of listing photography package. Our Standard Listing Package include 35 photos with premium upgrades (blue skies, green grass, and other enhancements) including aerials, where allowed. The base price is $275 and $5/shot above 35.