Your property must look perfect before you consider taking any photos or videos. Start by mowing your lawn, pruning trees, trimming shrubs, revamping your garden, fixing your fence and getting rid of fallen leaves. You can plant flowers and paint garden poles as well. In the winter, make sure your driveway is clear of snow and ice before the shoot.
Your front yard should also be free of clutter. Remove empty planters, water hoses, toys, balls among other items that may be distractive when taking photos i.e. garbage cans and sprinklers. You should also remove your car/s from your driveway and close garage doors. Front door frames and eaves should also be free of cobwebs. Paint your exterior if you have too. You should also consider cleaning your windows before the shoot. In a nutshell, your front yard should look perfect. You can go as far as adding some garden lights for perfect nighttime photos.
Your backyard also needs to look perfect. Before you stage your backyard, arrange any furniture that is present. You can consider changing the furniture pillows or cushions if they are faded. You should also clean and cover backyard stoves and sweep debris from the deck. Also, don’t forget to get rid of any personal belongings like toys, balls, etc. Home buyers want to envision your property as their own so, make sure the exterior space is spotless and free of personal belongings.
Your pool should also be clean. Remember to remove your pool cleaning supplies, trash cans, and water hoses. Lastly, turn on any water features you may have such as fountains.
Finally, avoid putting up real estate signs until AFTER the photoshoot as most boards don't allow any signs in photos.