f8 REAL ESTATE MEDIA

1165 Lincoln Ave, Suite 208

San Jose, CA 95125, USA

(855) 382-3873

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  • Home Preparation Checklist

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Home Preparation Checklist

This Checklist provides you with instructions on how to prepare your home for photography. Preparing the home for photography is like preparing the home for your most important guest. In this case, your most important guest is the potential buyer who is deciding whether to visit the home based on the photos they see online. Please note that insurance requirements limit the photographer’s ability to handle personal property, so the home will be photographed in the condition the photographer encounters when he or she arrives. To ensure the best results from the photo shoot, please prepare the property using the checklists below.

 

Before we arrive:

  • All home improvement projects should be completed and cleaned up

  • All landscaping projects should be completed and cleaned up

  • Staging should be completed in advance of the appointment

  • The driveway should be clear of cars, trash cans, debris, etc.

  • In the yards, ensure that garden hoses are rolled up and loose items are put away

  • Kitchen counters should be cleared of clutter, soap, sponges, dishes, small kitchen appliances, etc.

  • Refrigerators should be free of magnets and items should not be placed on top

  • Bathroom counters should be cleared of toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, soaps, shampoos, etc.

  • Washers and Dryer areas should be cleared of loose laundry, detergent, etc.

  • Trash cans should be hidden and toilet seats should be down

  • Beds should be made and dressers cleared of clutter

  • Loose items laying on floors should be stored in closets or the garage

 

When we arrive:

  • Turn on all lights in the home

  • Turn off all TVs and ceiling fans

  • Put all toilet seats down

  • Open all window treatments

  • Turn on any water features

  • For twilight shoots, turn on all interior and exterior lighting and light any gas firepits

  • Provide any special instructions to the photographer

 

Once the photographer is oriented to the home, please allow him or her to perform the job without unnecessary interruptions. This includes asking to see images on the camera during the photo shoot. If you have any questions about preparing the home for photography, please don’t hesitate to contact us for additional guidance.

Working with Zip Files

Photos are available for download from the f8 Client Center. When photos are downloaded, they are delivered as a Zip File. This is a standard way of delivering photos and the Zip File is nothing more than a folder. Following are instructions on working with Zip Files.    

Windows Users

When you download files from a website, the destination of the files on your computer is determined by the settings in your browser. f8 Real Estate Media recommends using the Chrome browser by Google. In the Settings for Chrome, you are able to determine the destination for the files by clicking Advanced Settings and checking the box that says, “Ask where to save each file before downloading” in the Downloads section. There are similar settings on all browsers so check with your company's IT Support if you need help with these settings.

 

When you download photos from the f8 Client Center, the system will generate a Zip File. If your browser is set to ask you where you want to save the Zip File, you can assign the location when prompted. Otherwise, locate the Zip File on your hard drive. This is  usually in the same location as other files you download from the Internet (usually in folders like "Downloads" or "Desktop").  

The Zip File will be named with the property address for the project to help you identify it. Right click on the zip file and select the Extract All command. Select the location where you would like to store the individual photo files. At this point, the photos are downloaded from the f8 Client Center to your computer. Make note of the location you chose so that when you need to upload them to the MLS, you know the location of the files.

You are now ready to upload your photos to the MLS and other websites. For help with uploading photos to the MLS, please contact your local MLS organization’s Support Desk for assistance with their upload procedures. 

 

Mac Users

When you download files from a website, the destination of the files on your computer is determined by the settings in your browser. f8 Real Estate Media recommends using the Chrome browser by Google. In the Settings for Chrome, you are able to determine the destination for the files by clicking Advanced Settings and checking the box that says, “Ask where to save each file before downloading” in the Downloads section. There are similar settings on all browsers so check with your company's IT Support if you need help with these settings.

When you download photos from the f8 Client Center, the system will generate a Zip File. If your browser is set to ask you where you want to save the Zip File, you can assign the location when prompted. Use Finder to locate the Zip File on your hard drive. This is  usually in the same location as other files you download from the Internet (usually in folders like "Downloads" or "Desktop").  Double Click on the Zip File to open the folder. 

You are now ready to upload your photos to the MLS and other websites. For help with uploading photos to the MLS, please contact your local MLS organization’s Support Center for assistance with their upload procedures.