Tips to make your rental house feel like home

How to prepare your rental house for a photoshoot

Cleaning and staging need to be done before I arrive, preferably the day before your photoshoot. I may move a few items like flowers, small pictures, etc. to improve photo composition, but larger items need to be in place before I arrive, and staging accessories need to be in place as well (if possible)

 

HIDE PORTABLE FANS

Ceiling fans are selling items but portable fans can give the wrong impression. It’s best to hide all portable fans in closets or the garage.

 

HIDE CORDS AND REMOTES:

Sometimes electrical cords can’t be hidden, but you will have more appealing pictures if you can hide TV remotes, game consoles, and any noticeable cords.

Inside area

PUT THINGS WHERE THEY BELONG AND ORDER ALL ROOMS IN THE HOUSE

As you walk around the house, remove any items that should not be there.

 

Secret Hiding Places:

Do you have more clutter than places to put it all? Here are some tips on where to put all unnecessary things to create perfect photos.

  • Use the garage for storage. I normally don’t shoot garages, so this is a great place to store items you’d like to hide.
  • Use vanities and cabinets without glass windows. These areas are great because no one checks them and the camera can’t see through them.
  • Use laundry baskets to put all into.

 

Remember: the key is to do your very best and to put the house up for rent.

some ideas on how to prepare tables and make your house more homely:

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Organize inside areas:

Thoroughly clean the whole house (vacuum carpet, mop hard floors, clean countertops, clean windows)

Feature one centerpiece such as a bouquet of flowers

Fluff and arrange furniture pillows

Remove kid’s toys

Straighten all chairs and space them evenly

Remove personal items like personal photographs (or replace them with general landscape/object photographs), small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring, no knives, no dishes in the sink, leaving out a max of one small appliance (ex. coffee maker), no soap, shampoos, toothbrushes, medications, deodorant, etc

Clear off countertop

Place food, water bowls, and pet beds/toys in the pantry

Use a lint roller on furniture to remove pet hair

Contain pets in a hidden crate or outside

 

OPEN WINDOWS BLINDS:

Your indoor photos will show outdoor views if there are views, or just light/white if a window looks onto a neighbor or other unappealing view.

 

CLEAN WINDOWS/GLASS DOORS:

High-resolution photography captures a lot of details. Make sure that glass doors, floors, and windows are clean, especially in key areas. Photoshop can help sometimes, but It would never get as good as it is in real life, place I can focus on more important bits such as general color corrections, margins layers, or straight lines.

 

PREP BEDROOMS: 

All bedrooms should have their beds made and items put away. Make all beds and press bed linens and bed skirts

  • Hide trashcans: Trashcans can distract so it’s best to hide all of them in closets or the garage.

 

DECLUTTER KITCHEN

A few items on the counters are usually fine, but plastic bottles sponges, rags, etc. should be put away. It’s best to remove all magnets, pictures, etc. from the refrigerator and remove throw rugs from the floor.

Hide dish soaps, sponges, paper towels, and anything else around the sink.

Curate the kitchen or dining table with a nice set of dishes.

Place a bowl of fruit or a bouquet of flowers

Tuck away the trash can

 

DECLUTTER BATHROOMS

Toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, and other “personal” items should be hidden.

Decorative unused soaps, candles, flowers, etc. are preferred.

It’s also good to remove all throw rugs from the floor.

Make sure shower doors/mirrors are clean.

 

CLEAR ENTRYWAYS:

Remove all shoes, umbrellas, and similar items from entryways.

 

TURN ON SPAS AND REMOVE COVERS:


If you have a spa, remove the cover, and turn it off before I arrive. Turn on the lights in the spa as well.

Thank you for your time and patience to go through this checklist! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me anytime at

 

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Outside area

GARDEN SEATING IDEAS THAT WILL MAKE ANY GARDEN FEEL LIKE A STYLISH OASIS:

The garden has become an extra room and is just as important as any room in the home. Garden seating ideas can turn your outdoors into a space just as essential as your living room and create a cozy haven that will make you want to relax outdoors all year round. Here are some seating solutions that will take your garden ideas to the next level

PARK THE CARS SOMEWHERE HIDDEN:

Make sure no cars are in front of the house, in front of the entrance of the house/garden, and in the driveway. It’s better as clear a view as possible of your property. 

HIDE TRASHCANS: 

Trashcans can be placed on the side of the property or in the garage. Do this the day before the shoot since hoses can drip water onto the pavement when being moved, leaving puddles in your pictures. 

TURN OFF SPRINKLERS: 

Do not water the day of the shoot to prevent puddles on the pavement. 

PICK UP POOP: 

If you have a dog, make sure that all of their droppings are cleared from the garden/outdoor area. 

 

Preparation of the Pool

If you have a pool and/or spa, please have them cleaned with the covers removed. Sun umbrellas also can be opened. Ensure the water of the pool is clean and there are no toys or floating items around. 

 

CLEAN PATIO FURNITURE 

Dust and remove cobwebs from all outdoor furniture. Do not hose down your furniture the day of your shoot, since this can create puddles. Your ad is very important to get the traffic and the price that you want for your rental house so my goal is to photograph the house with the highest quality that will attract rentals. 

To ensure your photoshoot goes smoothly and you get the better results of it, tuck away personal items and put away things from the countertops in order to give a cleaner image. Make sure that the home will be shot in its best light possible.

 

 

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