So you've decided to take the plunge and hire a professional to provide your photos and/or video tour of your listing. When you have a professional come to shoot a home it is different than you going over to take the photos. As a professional, my pricing is based on how long a typical house of a certain size takes to shoot. The size also affects how much footage there is to edit afterwards.
There are things you and the seller can do to make things go very smoothly and quickly for both you and the photographer.
Ways to Prepare for a Professional Photographer/Videographer
Do not have parked cars in the driveway or in front of the house (unless it is a very long driveway and then park at the end).
Remove all garbage pails from outside/next to the garage.
Do not schedule other service providers: plumbers, painters, landscapers, cleaners, chimneysweeps, etc. at the same time as the photographer - I cannot stress this enough!
Have all cleaning done BEFORE the photographer arrives
Have all major staging done BEFORE the photographer arrives. Moving a vase here and there is fine, but now is not the time to rearrange furniture.
In bathrooms, remove clutter from counter and have toilet seat down.
In the kitchen, have counters fairly clear, no dish towels on oven/fridge handles.
Remove large fisher-price type toys, high chairs etc.
Outside, remove ladders and hoses.
Do not walk past doorways or stand watching from a hall - if you can see the camera, the camera can see you.
Remember, the photographer wants your listing to look as good as possible, just as you do. If you share these tips with your seller and have the property ready to shine, it will benefit everyone.
Amy Hunter, Hearth & Home Videos/Photography in the Metrowest area of MA