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Homeowners and agents can help the real estate photography process go smoothly and help the home look its best in pictures by doing some preparation before the photographer arrives. The better the home shows in photographs to potential buyers, the more interested they will be. Read below for suggestions to make you space sparkle!

The entire property, interior & exterior, will be photographed in a way that will appeal to prospective buyers. The intent of this photoshoot is to show off the homeʼs best features; a lot of *stuff* can distract from those features.

If You Do Nothing Else, Do These Things:

  •  Replace all burned out light bulbs both inside and outside the house. Keep all bulbs in a room the same type; LED, incandescent, etc.
  • Remove excess furnishings and knick-knacks from rooms as large amounts of furniture and decorations can distract from the homeʼs features and make a room appear smaller.
  • Hide the clutter.
  • Remove throw rugs and runners from entryways, kitchens, and baths so the floor can be clearly seen.
  • Wash the windows.
  • Vacuum/mop floors and wipe dust from surfaces.
  • Turn off ceiling fans and open blinds/shades and curtains.


  • Remove all vehicles from driveway (cars, boats, RVs, motorcycles, etc) and do not park directly in front of the house.
  • Move garbage and recycling cans out of sight.
  • Remove all garden tools, hoses and clutter.
  • Pick up after your pets in the yard.
  • Remove all childrenʼs toys, bikes, etc from the yard and deck/patio.
  • Mow the grass, rake leaves and debris, pull weeds and remove any dead vegetation.
  • If you are feeling ambitious, plant some fresh flowers in empty planters and pots.
  • Sweep driveways, sidewalks and deck/patio.
  • Skim & vacuum pools and spas.
  • Straighten outdoor furniture and remove pool toys & cleaning tools.
  • Turn on pool lights, waterfalls and/or spa bubbles.
  • Schedule repairs well before photo shoot.


Living & Family Room

  • Remove newspapers, magazines and put away books.
  • Store remote controls out of sight and conceal exposed cables and cords.
  • Remove personal photos, kids toys, etc. from bookshelves, tables and floor.
  • Wash all glass surfaces including table tops, cabinet doors and windows.
  • Straighten pillows and throws.



  • Make the beds neatly, straighten the bedspread and pillows.
  • Pick up and put away clothes, toys and shoes.
  • Remove items from bedside tables – books, magazines, pictures, clock radios, etc.
  • Remove posters and drawings from the walls.



  • Move small appliances, knife blocks, paper towels and kitchen gadgets off the counters.
  • Remove photos, papers and magnets from the refrigerator.
  • Clean major appliances – refrigerator, oven, stove top, range hood, and dishwasher.
  • Wipe down sink and counter tops.
  • Remove all dirty dishes, sponges, dish towels, dish soap, etc.
  • Move trash/recycle bins out of sight.


Dining Room

  • Set the table with nice dinnerware, napkins and a centerpiece.



  • Clear counter tops of all toiletries, tissues, hair products, etc.
  • Remove all personal care products and childrenʼs bath toys from the shower/tub.
  • Fold towels neatly and hang straight on towel bars.
  • Close toilet lid.
  • Wash all glass surfaces including mirrors and shower doors.
  • Store toilet brush and plunger out of sight.
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