We photographed this totally cute mid-cetury modern farmhouse in Plymouth, Michigan last week. The property is backed to a wooded area that provides privacy to the yard. The interior had plenty of updates including a shiplap accent wall, a sliding barn door, and double sliding glass patio doors that lead to the back patio.
Your house or condo is up for sale and your Realtor suggested you have nice, professional photos taken to entice buyers to check it out. After all, in this day and age people seem to do more research online than anywhere else. Now what? It’s important to attract people with quality photos, but first, your house needs to be made camera-ready. It’s all about the first impression and making it count. Houses that are empty are obviously easier to get ready, but there are some easy ways to make furnished houses shoot-ready. Keep in mind that the photographer and camera are there to capture things as is – we are NOT interior decorators. Here are six simple ways to get your house camera-ready:
Say goodbye to the piles of “stuff” around your house. Everything has a place and it needs to be there. The camera will catch even a minimal amount of clutter. That stack of old newspapers needs to be recycled. The empty cans on the kitchen counter need to be thrown away. Let’s not forget about the pile of shoes by the front door. In simple terms: anything that is sitting out, put it away.
This should go without saying, but…here we are. Run a vacuum on the carpets, wash the wood or tile floors, do some dusting. To make your house presentable, you must first make it clean. The camera catches every wrinkle and rumple.
This part can be tough. All of the aspects of your house that make it “yours” need to be taken down and put away for the shoot. Family photos, achievements, awards. A photo of your three children in matching Christmas pajamas is cute, but not for a real estate shoot. We want the buyer to picture themselves in the house and imagine the life they can create there. If your personal photos are visible, it will make it hard for the potential buyer to picture themselves in this house.
4. Yard work
Take a look at your house from the outside. Does your grass need to be cut? Is your roof missing shingles? Are there weeds growing up the side of your house? Whatever needs to be done to make the exterior attractive, add it to your to-do list. If people don’t like the outside, they likely won’t make it inside. This can be tough come winter time when snow is covering your yard and the trees are merely standing sticks. It’s important to keep the weather in mind when scheduling your shoot.
We recommend a construction-free house for shoots. Sometimes homeowners like to have renovations completed before they move in order to add value to the house, but wait to schedule your shoot until after it’s finished. The tarps, equipment, and the overall messy “under construction” vibe doesn’t look great on camera.
6. Stage It
Some people choose to stage their houses to make them look homier, bigger, or brighter. You don’t need to hire someone to do this. Some simple online research can give you tons of ideas on what to add to make your house a home. For example, a vase full of flowers is never a bad idea.
We photographed an older home in Detroit that’s on the market. It was built in the 1930’s and is 1,450 square feet. The single family home has a detached one car garage and a partial basement. The exterior of the home is beautiful with high pointed features and warm brick. The interior of the home has a more modern feel and everything is painted a calming light gray. Let’s take a look inside!
We stopped by a beautiful walk-out ranch in Whitmore Lake, MI that was For Sale By Owner (FSBO). This brick home has three bedrooms, three baths and sits on just over 11 wooded acres in addition to being 4,700 square feet. The main floor of the home has an open concept feel with an encompassing kitchen, living, dining, and family rooms. There are two fireplaces, a spacious finished basement, a 4.5 car garage, and a jacuzzi tub in the master bathroom. From the main floor, you have access to the deck that overlooks the wooded property, and from the basement, you can walk-out onto a Trex patio. There is also a fire pit in the backyard, which can be used any time of year in Michigan! If you’re selling your house and want professional photography done, don’t be hesitant to reach out!
We recently had a real estate shoot of a ranch on Steephollow Dr. in White Lake, Michigan. The best part is the 180 degree view that you have of Tull Lake. Yes, the house is right on the lake! It has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 2,500 square feet of space, making it the largest property in the subdivision. The home has had many new improvements, including a roof and siding, fresh paint job inside and outside, two new furnaces, and new front landscaping. The quaint home comes with an over-sized garage, perfect for extra storage or holding a boat. Inside the house, the walls are painted a comfortable cream, and a stone fireplace stands in the middle of the open floor plan. The house was undergoing some work when we came to shoot, so excuse the tape and plastic coverings. Now, let’s check it out!