Digital Media Staging Tips

Exterior Photography

FRONT EXTERIOR
Online “curb appeal” – the front exterior is usually the first photo buyers see

  • Close garage doors
  • Remove cars from driveway and front of home
  • Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves)
  • Remove empty planters
  • Use broom to remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames
  • Remove visible water hoses
  • Remove toys, sports balls, basketball goals, soccer goals, etc.

BACK YARD
The back yard should be an oasis to relax

  • Clean porch, tidy up outdoor tables/chairs/cushions
  • Pillows/cushions should be fresh, not faded
  • Clear out kid’s toys, balls, Frisbees, etc.
  • Clean pool
  • Remove pool vacuum/cleaner hose
  • Hide pool cleaning supplies
  • Turn on pool fountains/water features
  • Remove visible water hoses
  • Remove trash cans

Interior Photography

 DINING ROOM and TABLE
Allow buyers to imagine a nice family meal

  • Clear table, dust and polish the table top
  • Use decorative place setting if available
  • Feature one center piece such as a bouquet of flowers
  • Straighten all chairs and space them evenly
  • Remove child seats/booster chairs

LIVING and FAMILY ROOM
The space to enjoy conversation and spend quality time with family

  • Remove stacks of magazines, papers, mail, etc.
  • De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth (no more than 5 items, including art)
  • Clean interior of fireplace and re-paint if needed
  • Fluff and arrange furniture pillows
  • Remove kid’s toys
  • Have a billiard table? Remove the cover and rack the balls and place a couple of cue sticks on the table.

BEDROOMS
MASTER BEDROOM
A good nights rest recharges the body and mind

  • Make bed, including decorative pillows/shams if available
  • Press bed linens and bed skirts
  • Clear nightstands of all personal items
  • Store away phone/tablet charging cables
  • Remove all clutter from top of dressers
  • Remove family photos from walls
  • Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos

OTHER/GUEST BEDROOM
Don’t forget about guest bedrooms

  • Remove personalized names from walls
  • Remove wall stickers/posters
  • Remove diaper genies
  • Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos

BATHROOMS
To be spa-like, the bathroom must be clear of all personal items

  • Clear countertops completely. No soap or soap dispensers, toothbrushes, medications, deodorant, etc.
  • Put toilet seats down
  • Close closet doors
  • Remove shampoo, soap, loofahs, etc. from showers and tubs
  • Remove dirty towels – leave out only new, unused towels
  • Remove floor mats
  • Clean mirrors and windows

We’re just there to photograph the home so what’s not included:

  • Move or re-arrange furniture
  • Make beds, clean, dust or de-clutter
  • Pick up toys or yard items
  • “Photoshop” vehicles, walls, damaged walls, power lines, wall pictures, cords, etc.

We will make small adjustments to things like blinds, curtains, pillows lights, etc. but we will not touch:

  • Personal bathroom supplies (shampoo, toothbrushes, deodorant, towels)
  • Medications
  • Purses, wallets, etc

Aerial Photography

Close up and bird's eye view
Allow buyers an unique and informative view of a property

  • Notify if there is more than one lot
  • All vehicles should be in garage or street
  • Clean gutters
  • Clean or sweep roof