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 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!
We recently had a real estate shoot for a house on Tournament Drive in Northville, Michigan. We had no idea when we got there how beautiful and breathtaking it would be! The sandy-toned stone house appears castle-like when you pull up to it. With five bedrooms, four bathrooms and almost 4,300 square feet, we had a lot of great content to shoot. Take a look at the high ceilings, spa-like bathroom, open-floor layout, and exceptional backyard. Did we mention the shoe closet?! Let’s take a look inside…
We had the pleasure of shooting a classic colonial home for sale on Kernway in Bloomfield Hills, MI. The house has four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a finished basement. The rest of the house has hardwood floors, and most of the walls are painted an array of grays that gives off a home-y, comfortable feel. The white borders and accents around the house are a stark contrast from the gray but gives the home a classic vibe. If you walk through the sliding glass door to the backyard, you will find a brick patio and extra privacy thanks to the surrounding trees. This house is ready to be a home, all it needs is you!
I had the opportunity to photograph this beautiful condo in South Canton for Jason Borregard from Clients First Realtors and used the shots to put together this informative slideshow video. The exterior of the condo is a combination of brick and stone, giving it a home-y, welcoming vibe. As soon as you walk in, you’re met with grand ceilings and natural light from the large window above the front door. The kitchen has been updated with modern stainless appliances and dark mahogany cabinetry. This condo has two bedrooms (one of which has a fireplace!), two bathrooms, two half bathrooms (the dream!), and a finished basement! Don’t just read about it, though. Check out this video to see for yourself what a charming place it is!
We did a shoot for a home on Etowah Avenue in Royal Oak, Michigan. It was a beautiful home with wood floors on the main floor, a carpeted second floor, and spacious basement. The master bedroom not only had a gorgeous bathroom (jetted tub, glass shower, granite vanity) but a good size walk-out balcony, as well. We love the aesthetics of this home – very warm tones, stone accents, and white trimming. We hope you enjoy checking out the photos from the shoot as much as we enjoyed shooting!