Your Eastern Shore Real Estate Marketing Partner
Preparing Your Home
for a Photo Shoot
during COVID-19
COVID-19 Work Flow Policy
We want to do our part to help keep the economy going while reducing chances for the spread of the virus in our community. We are consulting State and CDC guidelines to help maintain a safe working environment and ensure the safety of Realtors and homeowners.

We are taking the following precautions and ask for your help:

  • Gear (cameras, tripod, flashes, tablets) are wiped down with clorox wipes between houses

  • We will be wearing gloves and masks

  • Spraying our shoes with Lysol before entering each house

  • Using sanitizer before and after entering the house

  • We request each home to be on either Sentri lock or combo so we are not coming in contact or meeting with the owner or agent to unlock the property

  • We request each home to be ready as much as possible in this circumstances

  • We also ask that any trades, cleaners, handy person and agents not be in the home as well prior to our appointment

  • If there is a special circumstance, let's discuss ahead of time so we can safely plan accordingly


  • Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!
    Overview for Homeowners & Realtors
    Unless otherwise requested, these areas are NOT typically photographed. Instead, use these areas for storage during the photo shoot. Occasionally, laundry rooms include features that are compelling enough for photography. The realtor will typically decide if any of these areas should be photographed.

    Areas Not Photographed
    • Garage

    • Toilet Rooms (In Master Bathrooms)

    • Closets

    • Kitchen Pantry

    • Storage Sheds

    • Laundry Room

    Realtors
    • Remove the lock box during the exterior photo shoot

    • Install signage AFTER photo shoot
    General Prep
    General Prep
    • Thoroughly clean whole house (vacuum carpet, mop hard floors, clean countertops, clean windows)

    • Turn all overhead lights and lamps ON

    • Replace all burned out light bulbs

    • Use bulbs of the same temperature (ALL incandescent or ALL compact fluorescent)

    • Turn all ceiling fans OFF

    • Turn all TVs OFF

    • Turn all computer screens OFF

    • Open blinds/window treatments to let in outside light

    • If a window has a view, raise the blinds completely for a completely unobstructed view

    • Remove personal photographs (or replace with general landscape/object photographs)

    • Make all beds

    • Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring

    • Place all shoes/jackets in closets

    • Remove exterior flags that may blow in the wind
    Exterior
    Front Exterior
    The front of the home is usually the first picture buyers will see, and this picture will determine if they will look at additional property details.

    • Close garage doors

    • Remove cars from driveway and front of home

    • Remove trash cans from front of house

    • 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 / Decks / Docks
    • 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 if possible

    • Hide pool cleaning supplies

    • Turn on pool fountains/water features

    • Remove visible water hoses

    • Remove trash cans

    • Docked boats and/or jet ski?s should be clean

    • Fishing gear should be neatly organized

    • Fire pits should be lit if evening photography is being provided
    Kitchen
    Kitchen
    • Clear countertops completely. No knife blocks, baking supplies, mail, etc.

    • Leave out max of one small appliance (ex. coffee maker)

    • Clear outside of refrigerator of magnets, papers, photos, etc.

    • Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet

    • Remove dishes from sink, place in dishwasher

    • Clean stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops to ensure there are no fingerprints or smudges
    Living Room & Family Room
    Living Room & Family Room
    • 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

    • Do not block fireplace with furniture

    • Fluff and arrange furniture pillows

    • Remove kid?s toys
    Bedrooms
    Master Bedroom
    • 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
    Kid Rooms & Guest Rooms
    • Remove personalized names from walls

    • Remove wall stickers/posters

    • Remove diaper genies

    • Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos
    Bathrooms
    Bathrooms
    • Clear countertops completely. No soap, 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
    Pets
    Pets
    • Place food and water bowls in pantry or closet

    • Place pet beds/toys in pantry or closet

    • Use lint roller on furniture to remove pet hair

    • Contain pets in hidden crate or outside

    • Clear back yard of pet waste/toys
    Holidays
    Holiday Decorations
    Holiday decorations are not recommended for real estate photos. If a property listing has holiday decorations it can date the media, resulting in problems if the listing is active outside of the holidays. We strongly discourage our clients from displaying holiday decorations. Of course, we also understand the reality of decorating for the holidays. We will do our best to shoot around decorations, but we can?t guarantee that we can avoid decorations in the finished photos.

    • Remove yard decorations and visible lighting

    • Remove interior decorations including Christmas trees

    • Any decorations that are up should be kept to a minimum

    • Remove window decorations
    Twilight Photography
    Twilight Prep
    Twilight photography is impressive and creates a dramatic presentation. Here are some tips to help achieve the best results. These tips are in addition to the Front Exterior tips previously covered.

    • Turn on all exterior AND interior lights that are exposed to the shoot area

    • Open blinds and/or window treatments that are exposed to shoot area

    • Keep windows clean

    • Visible outdoor fire pits or fireplaces should be lit

    • Turn on landscape lights

    • Make sure pool lighting is operational

    • Ensure timers are working and operation prior to the shoot

    • Replace burned out bulbs or broken fixtures

    • Turn on pool lights and patio lights for pool/patio shoots

    • Test lights prior to arrival and reschedule if needed
    Svetlana Leahy Photography
    443-614-5957
    svetlanaleahy@gmail.com