Property Preparation - Justin Reilly

The more attention your listing gets, the higher price your property will command, so it's essential you take time to prepare your property for photographs. At the very least, the whole environment should be clean and tidy with no distractions. To ensure your property listing has the best images, and attracts the most attention, follow these guidelines.


OUTSIDE
Driveways should be clear of vehicles
Hide your bins until the photos are done Bicycles and toys should be hidden
Weeds, litter and other distractions should be removed Ideally, gutters and roofing should be clear of moss and weeds


INTERIORS - GENERAL
Declutter as much as possible Lights should be on, and bins should be hidden
Hide any personal or valuable items such as jewellery, clothing, photos
Pets and pet paraphernalia should be removed Clean mirrors and windows


KITCHEN
Hide dishes, bins, soap, etc.
No magnets or decorations on the fridge Surfaces should be clean and clear


LIVING ROOMS & DINING ROOMS
Clutter-free surfaces
Fresh flowers or a large candle can make a nice centerpiece


BATHROOMS
Clean surfaces, mirrors, sink, taps, etc.
Hide away soap, shampoo, toilet paper, etc.
Close toilet lids


BEDROOMS
Beds should be made, and clothes should be hidden


Typically, a photographer takes around one hour to shoot a property for a real estate listing. Vacating the home during this time is most helpful.

Post Production.
If for any reason, you cannot prepare your property to a standard you're happy with, keep in mind, certain aesthetic improvements can be made in post production.

Clicking the shutter is not the last step in the story of an image. Quite often, it's just the beginning. All properties shot by myself or my team benefit from fast, professional photographic editing. This ensures the property looks it's best, while presenting it authentically. Structural elements cannot be changed, but it's common practice to enhance exterior photos with an appealing sky, and removing temporary distractions such as litter, bicycles, etc. Have a look at the interactive image below for a recent example.