Go The Extra Mile Before You Shoot

Services for Real Estate Pros with Evers & Co.

I try to clean rooms of clutter before I shoot.  Here is a shoot I did today.  I took about 8 minutes to go through the room and do what was needed to make a much more appealing shot. Here is some stuff I do to go that extra mile; remove all stuff off the fridge and range, hide all wires, remove hanging things, remove paper towels, soaps, drain stoppers and general little tzchatchkies (odds & ends). Again turn on all lights including under microwaves and stoves.  Leave the room simple, clean and staged. Take the time and the room will be worth more and so will the home.

Kit before after

Comments (11)

Kevin O'Shea
Coldwell Banker - White Plains, NY
White Plains, NY Real Estate

Just make sure it's ok with the homeowner first.  Some are a little sensitive  :)

Good idea though, it makes a big difference.

All the best!

Jun 03, 2008 08:29 AM
Lee Jinks
Jinks Realty - McAllen, TX

I don't think most people appreciate how much work goes into a good shot before you press the shutter.  Composition and lighting are important, but the scene must also be pleasing.  Good blog!

Jun 03, 2008 11:04 AM
Gene Allen
Fathom Realty - Cary, NC
Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate

My last shoot I did all the good things and thought I had pictures only to find out later I forgot to make the bed in the master bedroom but I picked everything up and it was neat.

Jun 03, 2008 12:17 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Wow, Piers!  I never knew how to spell tzchatchkies!  I started with "ch" and always set off the spell check thing.  It's amazing what you can learn in a blog post!  Blog on!

Jun 03, 2008 01:15 PM
Stephen D White, E-Pro, ABR Cape Cod Real Estate
SDW Realty of Cape Cod - Falmouth, MA

Yes Piers especially in a small kitchen like the one in your pic, space has got be an issue of concern and your after shot looks much more organized and looks like it has more space!

Jun 03, 2008 02:18 PM
James Downing - Metro DC Houses Team REALTORS®, CRS, GRI, ABR,MRP, MilRes
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
When Looking to Buy or Sell - Make the Right Move

Amazing what a few changes can do to a picture.  Wow... what an improvement

Jun 04, 2008 01:53 PM
Gene Hicks
Real Estate Masters, Ltd - Hastings, MN

I like your attention to the details. The new picture will bring a much more positive response.

Jun 06, 2008 01:18 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Piers:  This is something I normally do.  And sometimes, I may miss something and have to take a photo again when I notice, for instance, hand towels not hanging level with one another.  There are some houses, though, that I don't have the time to straighten.  Take for instance the in-home daycare I once listed.  I did what I could, but she had three kids and watched about four.  I would have needed a wheelbarrow and a dumpster.

Jun 08, 2008 04:16 PM
Beth Lester
Beth Lester Designs - Torrance, CA
Home Staging & Interior Decorating

Even as a stager I miss things that I see in my photos.  A rumpled bedskirt is enough to drive me to distraction in one of my photos!

Jul 18, 2010 12:33 PM
Barbara "Barb" Bodnar, Licensed Associate RE Broker
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Yorktown, NY
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

I love before and after photos as it helps clients see for themselves how their property is going to look and the kind of changes that would be helpful

Jun 10, 2011 03:25 PM
Reno, NV

It's the "little things" that can be the "big distractions": i.e. coffee cups, dish drainer, hanging basket, etc. Take the clutter away and the room appears!

Jun 10, 2011 06:15 PM