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Why Prep For Photos ?

Online – It’s where buyers start

 “Prep My Home For Sale” PDF download

The majority of home buyers start their search online, so it is important to make the first impression count! Follow these tips to prepare your home for the best real estate photos possible.



Front Exterior – Curb Appeal, Curb Appeal, Curb Appeal

Online, the front exterior is usually the first photo your buyer sees


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.


 Back Yard

 The Back Yard should be an oasis to relax 

Clean porch, tidy up outdoor tables/chairs/cushions

Pillows/cushions should be fresh, 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 trash cans


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 all burned out light 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 to let in outside light

Remove personal photographs (or replace with general landscape/object photographs)

Make all beds

Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring

Place all shoes/jackets in closets




Sometimes the focal point, the kitchen 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.


Dining Room Table

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



Make it look like a Spa, 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




Owners Suite

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



Child / 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





Place food and water bowls in pantry or closet

Place pet beds/toys in pantry or closet

Use lint roller on furniture to remove pet hair

Contain pets in hidden crate or outside

Clear back yard of pet waste/toys



I want the photos of your home to be the best they can be. This requires teamwork and cooperation that will result in an outstanding online presence when your home goes LIVE on the market.

When I arrive to take photos of your property, I ask that all staging and cleaning be done prior to my arrival. To efficiently maintain my busy schedule and deliver the level of service my clients expect, I can not spend unnecessary time at the home waiting for it to be cleaned, dusted, de-cluttered, etc.

Please review the previous sections for tips on preparing your home for real estate photography, and note that I am not responsible and will not partake in any of the following duties while photographing your home:



I Do Not:

Move or re-arrange furniture

Make beds, pick up laundry items, clean, dust or de-clutter

Pick up toys or yard items

“Photoshop” vehicles, walls, damaged walls, power lines, wall pictures, cords, etc.

Touch personal bathroom supplies (shampoo, toothbrushes, deodorant, towels)