Prep List For Photography

Preparing A Home For Real Estate Photography

Preparing your home for real estate photography is crucial to making a positive impression on potential buyers. High-quality photos, a video, a virtual tour, and other visual assets can attract more interest and help you sell your home faster. Here are some steps homeowners can take to ensure their home looks its best for real estate photography.

1/What Not To Worry About

The Closets – We don’t photograph or scan closets so use the closets to stash stuff to declutter. The only exceptions are master closets, kitchen pantries, etc. that you would like to feature.

The Garage – The same rule for the garage. We don’t normally photograph the garage unless it is a selling feature. The garage is another great place to temporarily store excess furniture and other stuff to declutter and open up the rest of the house.

2/Must Do Shortlist A

Turn all overhead lights and lamps on; Open blinds and window treatments to let in outside light; All ceiling fans off; All toilet seats down; Remove real estate sign from the front yard; Remove cars from the driveway; Remove trash cans inside and outside; and Keep pets away during the photo shoot.

3/Must Do Shortlist B

Place all shoes, jackets, backpacks, etc. in closets; Completely remove countertop clutter in kitchen and bathrooms; Remove clutter from bedroom nightstands; Make all beds; Hide any interior hampers or trash receptacles; and Conceal or neatly organize cables and cords from electronics and appliances.

4/Recommended Where Appropriate

Replace any burned-out light bulbs; Remove small area rugs to reveal flooring; Hide pet crates, toys, food, and water bowls; and Remove clutter from showers and bathtubs.

5/Generally – Clean and Declutter

Invest in a thorough cleaning of your home, including all rooms, floors, and surfaces. Pay attention to details like windows, mirrors, and appliances.  Declutter each room by removing excess items, personal belongings, and unnecessary decor. Keep surfaces clear and tidy.


You don’t need to go overboard but where appropriate remove family photos, personal memorabilia, and highly personalized decor. Buyers should be able to envision themselves living in the space.

7/Make Easy & Simple Repairs

Don’t overinvest but repair any simple, inexpensive painting or other quick-fix visible issues.

8/Enhance Curb Appeal

The first impression starts at the curb. Trim the lawn, hedges, and trees. Plant fresh flowers or add potted plants for a welcoming look.  Clean the home’s exterior, including the siding, windows, and front door. Consider giving it a fresh coat of paint if needed.

9/Arrange Outdoor Spaces

Clean and arrange outdoor spaces like patios, decks, and gardens. Set up outdoor furniture to showcase the potential for outdoor living and entertaining.

10/Coordinate With Your Photographer

Communicate with your real estate photographer in advance. Discuss any specific shots or features you want to highlight.

11/Stay Out of The Photographer’s Way

The photographer uses 360-degree cameras and scanners so even when you don’t think the camera is pointed in your direction it may be. During the photography session, homeowners and their belongings should be out of the frame. Let the photographer work efficiently.

12/Attract More Potential Buyers

By following these steps, homeowners can present their home in the best possible light for real estate photography, attracting more potential buyers and increasing their chances of a successful sale. A well-prepared home showcases its full potential and helps buyers visualize themselves living there.