How can my clients best prepare their homes?

Easy to answer – if you don’t want it in the picture (or video), put it in a room that won’t be photographed.  Hiding stuff around a corner may work for one shot, but since I move through the home shooting from multiple views with a wide-angle lens, that pile of stuff you don’t want to see will often end up in the camera frame. 

For video, if it can move, turn it on.
This goes for ceiling fans, motorized chandeliers, deck awnings, dumbwaiters, water features etc. It’s great to demonstrate those handy gadgets, and adds a touch on interest to the scene.

For photos – if it’s moving, turn it off.
(Except for water features.) Blurred fans don’t look that great in a still shot.

If you’ve got a big screen TV, it’s a great idea to find  some neutral programming or cast some neutral video to the screen. A lot of smart TVs have apps or screensavers built in that  feature scenery or artwork. As TVs get bigger and bigger, it’s a great idea to turn that big black rectangle into something livelier.

Can a drone always be used?

Not always. Drone use is dependent on two conditions – whether the subject property is in permitted airspace, and whether weather conditions provide for safe flight.

Flying in more restricted airspace can require special permission, so it’s good to check with me first to see if that permission needs to be applied for.

Of course, if the weather is bad one day, I am happy to return on a day when the conditions are safe for flight.

Do I need professional staging?

That’s entirely up to you. As a realtor, you already know what looks good, what sells a home, and what’s appropriate for presentation given the listing.

Do you provide staging?

No. Your job is to get it to look the way you want – whether that’s done by yourself or with the help of a professional. Whatever you give me, I will shoot. 

How long does photography/video take?

It’s best to let your clients know that photography and video together can take as long as three hours. Photos alone, maybe an hour to 90 minutes. And video alone, maybe two hours, less for smaller homes.

Again, having everything ready in advance really helps move things along.

What does “Zillow Certified Photographer” mean?

As a Zillow Certified Photographer, I’ve passed Zillow’s quality inspection and have access to your listing’s Zillow page where I can upload your video directly to Zillow’s system. This’ll place your video tour front and center on the listing, attracting the biggest audience you can.

Can owners/kids/pets be present?

Absolutely. But keep in mind that the more family members and animals we’ve got wandering around the house, the slower it could take. So, generally, the fewer involved the better.

(Dogs can really slow things down, only because I might spend a bit too much time petting them…)

How long will it take to get my products?

Photos can be delivered as soon as the following day, but video can take as long as three or four days to complete, so it’s best to get a jump on the shoot as soon as we can before you list.

How will I receive my products?

For photos…

I will provide you with a gallery hosted at Google Photos. Check out an example here –  

I’d recommend getting the Google Photos app for your phone. It’s an easy way to view & share the gallery. 

You can download the entire gallery from Google Photos in a zipped file.  After you click the link I give you and open the Google Photos gallery, point your cursor at the “more” icon on the upper right hand side, click it, and then click the “download all” link. All the photos will be downloaded in a zipped file to your computer.

The individual photos will be the right size to upload immediately to your MLS listing.

Check out some quick download and share tips here –

For videos…

The video will be uploaded to Vimeo, where you can preview the it, share it, and download it.  Again, the Vimeo app will be helpful for you to preview the video.

The video will be hosted at Vimeo & YouTube, but the MLS link I give you will feature the video embedded into a distraction-free page at my own website.  Here’s an example –

The problem with simply pasting a direct link to the MLS of a Vimeo or YouTube hosted video is that the potential buyer sees not only the video you want them to see, but a myriad of links to other videos or ads. My website page dedicated to your listing’s presentation keeps the viewer focused on your virtual tour and ONLY your virutal tour.

Will vu-real upload my photos/video for me?

Sure. Just give me you MLS login credentials, and I’ll be happy to upload the photos to your MLS and insert the virtual tour link.