Prepping for aerial real estate drone photography

Prepping Your Home for Aerial Real Estate Drone Photography

Curb appeal matters! Buyers want their new home to look good both on the inside and out. The exterior of the home is one of the first things that a person will look at when they are viewing the listing, so it is important that you clean it up and make it look its best. Staging is always going to give you the most bang for your buck and help your pictures, aerial or not, to look professional! With aerial real estate drone photography and videography it is the exterior of your home, which will be highlighted. Below are some tasks to consider prior to a drone photography shoot: 

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How to Prep Your Home for Aerial Real Estate Drone Photography

Exterior tasks prior to an aerial real estate drone photography session:

  • Close garage doors
  • Remove cars from driveway and front of home
  • Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves)
  • Put away any items that may be laying around the yard, such as garden tools, garbage cans, toys, sports balls, soccer or basketball goals, empty pots or pots with dead plants
  • Cover garden bed dirt with mulch to make it look more attractive
  • Sweep the porch, sidewalks and driveway
  • Remove visible water hoses
  • Use a broom to remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames
  • Open or arrange all window treatments to same length for uniformity
  • If you will be having sunset or twilight imagery done, make sure all light bulbs (interior & exterior) are in working order and on and don’t forget landscape as well as the pool and spa lights too


Don’t forget the back yard, it should be a relaxing oasis: 

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  • Clean porch, tidy up outdoor tables/chairs/cushions
  • Pillows/cushions should be fresh, not worn
  • Clear out kid’s and pet’s toys, balls, etc.
  • Set the patio table with fresh linens to give a festive look
  • Open umbrellas
  • Uncover and clean your pool and spa
  • Remove pool vacuum/cleaner hose
  • Hide pool cleaning supplies
  • Clean and uncover BBQ
  • Turn on pool water slides/fountains/water features/lights
  • Remove trash cans

It may seem like common sense, but during filming, you’ll want to make sure that the house is clear of other people; such as other photographers, gardeners or landscapers, home stagers or the homeowners. If the homeowners wish to remain on site a security briefing can be given. The exception to this is the real estate agent who is required to be on site for the duration of filming/photography. Make sure to work with your agent and do your part to get the best aerial real estate drone photography footage possible by preparing the outside of your home before your professional drone photography team arrives.

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I grew up in the aviation community. At the age of 17, I enlisted in the Navy and quickly became in-flight engineer. I have been piloting full scale and RC aircraft for over thirty years. I am an FAA licensed pilot with a complex high performance rating and also hold a UAS remote pilots license. Along with my extensive military aviation background, I have a B.S. in Aviation Management. I am currently in the MBA Aviation program with Embry-Riddle. Since retiring from the Navy, I have done curriculum development for the US Marine Corps, a 3 year tour in Afghanistan with Lockheed Martin (unmanned systems) and started my own Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) aerial cinematography/data collection company founded on my love of flying and technology. I am the CEO and Chief pilot. Birds Eye Aerial Drones, LLC was among the first 500 coveted 333 Exemptions granted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), we are licensed, registered and insured. Film & Television Aerial Cinematography Social Event Aerial Photography Sporting Event Aerial Videography Real Estate Drone Photography & Videography Mapping, Surveying & Inspections #BirdsEyeAerialDrones