Lights, camera, action! Getting your space ready for the Google Street View shoot

Spending a bit of time checking off the items below will give your Street View tour that extra sparkle!

Spending a bit of time checking off the items below will give your Street View tour that extra sparkle!

Your Google Street View shoot is scheduled! Wondering what needs to be done to get prepared? In a 360° shoot, nearly everything is visible to the camera, from floor to ceiling. This means taking a fresh look at your surroundings and checking off a few small details. Don't worry, it should only only take about 10 minutes to do. This post outlines a few tips to make sure your business is ready for the Street View cameras to roll.

  • De-clutter and re-arrange to make rooms appear larger
  • Sweep or vacuum floors, carpets, and staircases
  • Replace any burnt out light bulbs
  • Remove posters and signage that may be date specific, or that you don't want to appear in the tour (promotional, sales, etc.)
  • Tidy up front reception / checkout areas (hide paperwork, cords, sign-in books, and clutter).
  • Ensure electrical, telephone and cable wires are hidden or barely visible
  • Store away unnecessary electronics and appliances (ignore if they are important to your business)
  • Remove any personal photos that you don't want visible in the tour
  • Clean windows and glass partition walls
  • Set up TV/computer screens with your business logo or website (either by accessing your website or with a USB key)
  • Ensure windows and reflective surfaces on the property are polished
  • On the exterior of the property ensure all clutter is removed or hidden away, including garbage cans, bins and other distractions
  • Hotels: for all bedrooms, use crisp linens and pillow cases, and keep end tables free of clutter
  • Offices/workspaces: ensure desks are cleared of all sensitive documents and kept neat and clutter-free

When we're on site, we'll do a walk through to ensure that things are in good shape before filming. See, that wasn't so tough!