How to Prepare a Home for Real Estate Photos


Prepare the home as you would for a showing. It’s time to shine!

Outside

  • Park vehicles away from the front of the house prior to the photographer’s arrival
  • Absolutely no contractors can be working outside or inside the property at the time of the shoot
  • Mow grass and remove all debris from the sidewalks and driveways
  • Power wash sidewalks and driveways if needed
  • Place garbage and recycling cans inside the garage
  • Remove all seasonal decorations
  • Remove pet waste
  • Hide children’s toys and pet-related items
  • Remove and store pool cleaner, nets and chemical bottles
  • Turn all fans off
  • Make sure water sprinklers do not run before or during the shoot
  • Roll up or store hoses
  • Neatly arrange patio furniture
  • Cover or clean grills

Inside

Overall Preparation

  • Have all light bulbs working and turned on prior to the photographer’s arrival
  • Turn all fans off
  • Blinds down and open/window treatments pulled back
  • Hide pet related items including bowls, kennels, beds, toys, etc.
  • Place pets in a separate room or garage
  • Remove all seasonal decorations

Kitchen

  • Remove all magnets, photos, etc. from refrigerators
  • Hide garbage cans in pantry or garage
  • Empty the sink and remove dish soap/cleaning supplies
  • Turn on lights above the sink, stove and under/above cabinets
  • Clear the kitchen counters, less is more

Bathroom

  • Hide all toiletries (shampoo/conditioners, toothbrushes, soaps etc.)
  • Hide robes, dirty clothes, hampers, garbage cans and scales
  • Remove all rugs in the master bathroom
  • Clean mirrors

Twilight Photos

  • Park vehicles away from the front of the house
  • Turn all lights on inside and outside the house including pool and spa (no flood lights)
  • Blinds down and open/window treatments pulled back
  • Turn off all inside and outside fans
  • Place garbage and recycling cans inside the garage
  • Spa and water features on
  • Outdoor gas fire areas lit (no wood-burning fire pits)
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