Meri Light Photography: Blog https://www.merilightphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Meri Light Photography (Meri Light Photography) Wed, 05 May 2021 15:50:00 GMT Wed, 05 May 2021 15:50:00 GMT https://www.merilightphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u265879779-o965270870-50.jpg Meri Light Photography: Blog https://www.merilightphotography.com/blog 120 67 Preparing for a Real Estate Photography Appointment https://www.merilightphotography.com/blog/2021/5/preparing-for-a-real-estate-photography-appointment Preparing your home to present it in the best way is the most important thing you can do achieve your best results for price and ease!

Here is a checklist to assist you: Please have this checklist complete before my arrival.

 

General

  • Do a thorough surface clean
  • Turn all lights & replace any bad light bulbs
  • Keep all windows closed and open blinds to the same height/width. 
  • Remove extra furniture
  • Turn all TV screens/PC monitors off
  • Remove all personal photographs, or framed personal keepsakes
  • Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring unless there is a stain
  • Place all shoes/jackets in closets (Declutter)
  • No plastic or paper showing 

Outside

 

  • Remove all cars from driveways and away from the property
  • Close garage doors
  • Remove trash bins
  • Mow and edge grass front & back, trim overgrown trees and brushes
  • Remove any toys and sports equipment
  • Remove visible water hoses and empty planters and garden tools
  • Sweep up cuttings and leaves
  • Clean pool area

 

Kitchen

  • Straighten/push in chairs
  • Have nothing in your sink and wipe it dry
  • Clear countertops of clutter
  • Remove any small appliances that are easily stored
  • Remove fridge magnets and photos
  • Store dishes and put away draining rack
  • Hide soaps and cleaning items
  • Remove visible rubbish bins
  • Add a center piece such as flowers or candles to the tables
  • Hide hand towels unless they are for display only

Living Areas

 

  • Arrange the furniture to make room look large
  • Remove magazines and papers
  • Remove any gym equipment
  • Clear clutter from shelves and tables
  • Hide all remotes
  • Hide loose home theater cables


Bathrooms
 
  • Clear countertops completely
  • Remove toothbrushes and shavers
  • Clean all mirrors and bench tops
  • Hang fresh towels
  • Remove all items from bathtubs and showers
  • Clean toilet and CLOSE LIDS
  • Remove floor mats

 

Bedrooms

 

  • Remove any visible clothes and clutter
  • Hide personal items and visible cables
  • Close all closets
  • Make beds and straighten pillows
  • Remove items from bed side table
  • Close drawers
  • Clean under bed, remove items which might show
  • If possible remove personal images and wall stickers

 

 

 

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(Meri Light Photography) marketing real estate Selling https://www.merilightphotography.com/blog/2021/5/preparing-for-a-real-estate-photography-appointment Wed, 05 May 2021 15:39:14 GMT
Starting up (again) in a new area. https://www.merilightphotography.com/blog/2017/5/starting-up-again-in-a-new-area So much of my business is based on referrals. When I first started out I gave away my sessions to local friends and family. Over time, the word got out and my fees became an addition to the household income. Unfortunately, I moved away from my client community and now I am squeezing in time to see them when I return home for a wedding and/or obligations back in that area. 

I have been here since September and have had only a handful of local sessions. My photography business is my bread and butter. Recently, I began target marketing with this area in mind. My hopes are to eventually become a full time photographer.  A3 GirlsStarted with just one when she was 3 years old. Now there are 3!

 

Nothing is harder than starting over. I already gave away my work and started from the beginning. Now, I have to focus on doing this all over again. I have to for my family. 

 

 

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