Suggested Before The Real Estate PhotoShoot

Suggested Before The Real Estate PhotoShoot

What Should We Do to Prepare the Home for the Photoshoot?


  • Park vehicles away from the house or in the garage.
  • Freshen up landscaping.
  • Remove trash, branches, leaves, etc.
  • Remove dead plants, trees, etc.
  • Sweep outdoor space and walkways.
  • Remove visible foliage from the roof and gutters.
  • Spread fresh mulch.
  • Remove debris, hose, and toys from the pool.
  • Store outdoor trash and recycling bins – it is best to place them in a garage area in an outside shed for the photoshoot.
  • Store garden hoses and caddy.
  • Store outdoor tools, equipment, and so on.
  • Store toys, bikes, etc.
  • Store BBQ and accessories or clean it.
  • Wash windows and glass doors.
  • Clean outdoor furniture.
  • Place pillows, umbrellas, etc., on outdoor furniture.
  • Straighten outdoor furniture.
  • Store seasonal decor.
  • Mow the grass, rake up leaves, pull weeds, and remove any dead vegetation.


Lights off, please. Artificial lighting will skew the colors for the home to yellow or blue. Natural outside light is the best. In rooms with no windows, the photographer will adjust the lighting accordingly.

Window Shades Shutters and Blinds:

  1. Horizontal blinds and shutters – it is best to keep horizontal blinds down. However, open the blades in a flat position to see the exterior. The exception is when you do not want to see outside the window (side of a house when a neighbor’s house is visible.) In those cases, turn the shutter blades up a little.
  2. Vertical blinds – usually look best fully open. The most important thing is that any wall with multiple window coverings is adjusted all the same.
  • Clear all countertops and remove clutter.
  • Depersonalize home with photos, names, etc.
  • Turn off fans; store portable fans.
  • Clean mirrors and windows.
  • Vacuum carpets and polish floors.
  • Store wastebaskets in laundry baskets out of sight.
  • Store pet dishes, toys, beds, etc.
  • Turn off televisions, computers, and dust screens.
  • Display attractive books, magazines, etc.
  • Store remote controls and chargers.
  • Straighten furniture.
  • Hide electrical cords and cables.
  • Store toys and video games.
  • Store seasonal decor.
  • Remove rugs and runners in kitchens, entryways, and bathrooms so that the floor can be seen clearly.
  • Remove excess furnishings and knick-knacks from rooms.


  • Remove dirty dishes, food, etc.
  • Store food.
  • Clear counters of clutter and small appliances.
  • Remove refrigerator magnets, photos, etc.
  • Clean surfaces and appliances.
  • Hide soaps, towels, cleaning items, etc.
  • Store draining racks.
  • Organize open shelves.
  • Sweep and mop kitchen floor and rug.


  • Minimize photos and personal items.
  • Organize bookshelves.
  • Minimize knick-knacks.
  • Set tables with simple place settings.
  • Remove excess furniture and accessories.


  • Make the beds correctly and remove wrinkles.
  • Arrange decorative pillows.
  • Store clothing and shoes.
  • Remove items underneath the bed if they can be seen.
  • Remove all clutter.
  • Tidy master closets.
  • Declutter and depersonalize bedside tables.
  • Organize children’s rooms and remove clutter.
  • Remove laundry and stow hampers.


  • Close toilet lids.
  • Remove countertop items.
  • Remove bath and shower items.
  • Store toilet brushes, plungers, and wastebaskets.
  • Store towels.
  • Store soaps and candles.
  • At a minimum, the house should look clean and organized.
  • Decluttering countertops go along way in making a home look open and inviting.
  • Smaller things, such as removing visible garbage cans, can also make the house look cleaner.
  • Perhaps most important, check to ensure every light fixture in the home turns on with a working light bulb.


  • Ensure their cleanliness.
  • Get rid of dirt off the bottom and remove debris floating on top.
  • Remove the cover, floating chlorine dispenser, pool sweep, and pool toys.
  • Straighten lounge chairs, stow cleaning tools, and set up your patio umbrella if you have one.
  • Turn on pool light(s), spa bubbles, and waterfalls.

Typical Photo Shoot List (in order)

  • 3 or 4 Photos in front of the property
  • 2 Photos Entrance
  • 4 Photos Living room
  • 2 Photos Dining room
  • 4 Photos Kitchen
  • 1 Photo Hallway bathroom
  • 3 Photos Master bedroom
  • 2 Photos Master bathroom
  • 1 All other Bedrooms
  • 1 Hallway Bathroom
  • 4 Photos of the backyard



We do not photograph inside closets and unfinished areas including inside the garage or storage sheds unless requested by the real estate agent.

Feel free to use these areas to keep items out of sight.

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