Photography | Real Estate Photography

Prepare Your Home for Real Estate Photography


– The First Impression Counts –

Buyers start their search online.

Most home buyers start their search online. It’s very important to make the first impression a great one! Follow these tips for real estate photos that show your home at it’s best.


– Tips for all areas in the home –

  • Thoroughly clean whole house (vacuum carpet, mop hard floors, clean countertops, clean windows)
  • Turn all overhead lights and lamps on (replace any burned out bulbs)
  • Use bulbs of the same temperature (ALL incandescent or ALL compact fluorescent)
  • Turn all ceiling fans off
  • Turn all TVs off
  • Turn all computer screens off
  • Open blinds/window treatments halfway to let in outside light
  • Remove personal photographs (or replace with non personal art/photographs)
  • Make all beds
  • Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring (it makes the room look bigger too!)
  • Place all shoes/jackets in closets


Online “curb appeal” – the front exterior is usually the first photo buyers see


  • Close garage doors
  • Remove cars from driveway and front of home
  • Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves)
  • Remove empty planters
  • Use broom to remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames
  • Remove visible water hoses
  • Remove toys, sports balls, basketball goals, soccer goals, etc.



The back yard should be a welcoming place to relax or play!

  • Clean porch, tidy up outdoor tables/chairs/cushions
  • Patio furniture pillows/cushions should look new, not faded
  • Clear out kid’s toys, balls, frisbees, etc.
  • Clean pool
  • Remove pool vacuum/cleaner hose
  • Hide pool cleaning supplies
  • Turn on pool fountains/water features
  • Remove visible water hoses
  • Remove/hide trash cans
  • Organize so that everything looks tidy and in its place


– Family and friends gather in the kitchen, it deserves attention to detail –


  • Clear countertops completely. No knife blocks, baking supplies, mail, etc.
  • Leave out max of one small appliance (ex. coffee maker)
  • Clear outside of refrigerator of magnets, papers, photos, etc.
  • Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet
  • Remove dishes from sink, place in dishwasher, or preferably have all dishes washed and put away



– Invite buyers to imagine a nice family meal –

  • Clear table, dust and polish the table top
  • Use decorative place setting if available
  • Feature one center piece such as a bouquet of flowers
  • Straighten all chairs and space them evenly
  • Remove child seats/booster chairs


– The room to enjoy conversation and spend quality time with family –


  • Clear stacks of magazines, papers, mail, etc.
  • De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth (no more than 3-5 items, including art)
  • Clean fireplace and re-paint if needed
  • Fluff and arrange furniture pillows
  • Remove kid’s toys


– Create a sanctuary –


  • Make bed, including decorative pillows/shams if available
  • Press bed linens and bed skirts
  • Clear nightstands of all personal items
  • Store away phone/tablet charging cables
  • Remove all clutter from top of dressers
  • Remove family photos from walls
  • Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos



Don’t forget about guest bedrooms


  • Remove personalized names from walls
  • Remove wall stickers/posters
  • Remove diaper genies
  • Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos


– To appear spa-like and sanitary, the bathroom must be clear of all personal items –

  • Clear countertops completely. No soap, toothbrushes, medications, deodorant, etc.
  • Put toilet seats down
  • Close closet doors
  • Remove shampoo, soap, loofahs, etc. from showers and tubs
  • Remove dirty towels – leave out only new, unused towels
  • Remove floor mats


– We love our pets, but their presence should be minimized –


  • Place food and water bowls in pantry or closet
  • Place pet beds/toys in pantry or closet
  • Use lint roller or vaccum on furniture to remove pet hair
  • Contain pets in hidden crate, outside, or off site during showing
  • Clear back yard of pet waste/toys

Similar Posts