Getting setup and ready for your interactive 360° virtual tour is very important when marketing properties online. To ensure the best most appealing tour, we offer the following tips for preparing your property for the virtual tour shoot. Remember, you want to create an environment that will allow future homebuyers to easily visualize themselves living here.  In general, you will want to do the same activities as if preparing for a home showing or open house.

PREPARING FOR A VIRTUAL TOUR OUTDOORS:

  • Close your garage doors.
  • Make sure there are no garbage cans on the side of the house.
  • Remove any hoses that could be laying around.
  • Pick up any toys, game equipment.
  • Have your lawn mowed and make sure shrubs are cleaned and edged. Remove any dead plants, shrubs, or empty planters.

LIVING AREA:

  • We encounter many family rooms with all kinds of memories and artwork covering the mantle above the fireplace. Remove everything, leaving only one or two things to highlight and give a pop of color.
  • Unplug chargers from the walls and turn off any televisions.
  • Couch should be fluffed and clean.
  • If you have any gas fireplaces, you can turn them on when the photographer arrives.
  • Make sure floors are clean of any dust or dirt.
  • Remove any pet products, children’s toys, remotes, games, or any electronic devices.

KITCHEN:

  • Counters should be clean; completely remove your toaster oven, coffee maker, paper towel roll, butcher knife block, etc.
  • Make sure you don’t have any dirty dishes in the sink. Make sure the sink is clean and no soap containers are left.
  • If you have under-counter lighting, confirm that they are working to enhance the features of the home. If there are any burnt-out lights on the ceiling, please replace them.
  • Pick up any mats you have in your kitchen. Make sure the kitchen floors are clean and wiped and look good.
  • Cabinets should be clean and stain-free.
  • Hide any pots and pans.
  • Remove any towels hanging on your stove or from any cabinet handles.
  • Clean your stainless steel surfaces, making sure there are no fingerprints or marks that would show up on a photo.

BEDROOMS

  • We always suggest to have light-colored covers on your bed, preferably ironed, and accompanied with some nice clean pillow covers. You can also add a pop of color with bright-colored pillow cases.
  • Don’t hide anything under the bed unless you have long covers that cover your entire bed on all sides.
  • If you have small rugs, pick them up and put them in your closet.
  • Open all shades, shutters, and curtains. If you have dark window curtains, we recommend swapping them out for brighter ones or completely removing them as they sometimes make the room look gloomy.
  • Nightstands should be free of any clutter, including books, reading glasses, clocks, phones. The only thing we should see on the nightstands is a lamp, if available.
  • If your bedroom is small and there is too much furniture in it, we recommend moving furniture out. If there are two small dressers, just keep one. It takes up space and makes the room look small.
  • Check your lights and make sure they are all working.
  • Vacuum and clean everything.

BATHROOMS:

  • Please clean your mirror, so that there are no fingerprints or spots.
  • In the vanity, clean the tops of your sinks. Clean the faucets of any dirt or spots, and make sure the vanity lights are working.
  • Put away any toothbrushes, soap, cotton swabs, shaving cream, razors, etc.
  • Remove any shampoo, soaps, brushes, and plastic caps from your showers and make sure shower-heads are clean.
  • Pick up any mats, allowing the floors to shine in the photography.
  • Remove any towels. Too many towels in the bathroom make it look cluttered.
  • Open up any shutters and shades and make sure windows are clean.
  • Clean the shower doors of any soap spots or fingerprints.
  • Remove any toilet cleaning brushes, bleach bottles, or cleaning supplies.
  • Add some flowers for a pop of color.

OVERALL/GENERAL:

  • Open window treatments, shades, or shutters.
  • Remove any pet products.
  • Remove any children’s toys.
  • Vacuum every room.
  • Clean windows.
  • Turn on as many lights as you can when the photographer arrives.
  • Try not to be in the room the photographer is photographing as you may end up in the photo.
  • For security reasons, hide any valuables you wish not to be included in photographs.

THE PHOTOGRAPHER CANNOT:

  • Move furniture
  • Clean or dust
  • Move garbage
  • Pick up/move clutter (toys, dirty dishes, dog toys, etc.)

The home MUST be ready for the photographer. Upon arrival our photographers can wait no longer than 5 minutes for additional home preparations. If a wait longer than this must happen we will have to move on to our next scheduled appointment and the virtual tour will be rescheduled. If this happens a rescheduling fee of $75.00 will apply.