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Preparing your home for a photo shoot

Bye, Bye Clutter. The most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of clutter. Make a house rule that for every new item that comes in, an old one has to leave. One of the major contributors to a cluttered look is having too much furniture.

When professional stagers descend on a home being prepped for market, they often whisk away as much as half the owner's furnishings, and the house looks much bigger for it. You don't have to whittle that drastically, but take a hard look at what you have and ask yourself what you can live without.

Thank you, Gene Moretti

Inside The Home

. Turn on all lights and lamps

. Replace burned out light bulbs

. Turn off ceiling lights and fans

. Bathrooms, put away toiletries, toothbrushes, toothpaste, towels, shampoo and

  take up rugs and bath matts

. Kitchen - remove dishes from sink and counter, garbage cans, clutter, magnets

  from refrigerator, and pet bowls

. If homeowner does not want child's name or personal photos shown, please

  take  down before photo shoot

. Take down holiday items so photos are not dated

. Store all workout and medical equipment

. Make sure items stored under beds are not visible

. Put pets away, out of photography areas

Outside The Home

. Have the lawn mowed

. Make sure leaves are blown

. Put away all outside trash cans, recycle bins, water hoses, security signs

. Remove pool equipment from pool

. Remove all vehicles from the driveway

. Make sure garage doors are closed

. Hide all children's toys

. Sweep and prepare decks, picnic tables and other outside areas

Note: Photographers are not allowed to move furniture, clean, move garbage cans, pickup or move clutter or toys.

Gene Moretti

C: 973-479-3360

Email: gene@genemoretti.com

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