Real Estate Photos

Real Estate Photography Prep

If you are interested in selling your home, you MUST take 10 minutes out of your day to read this! Although there are many steps that go into selling a home, what many people do not know is real estate photography is one of the most important. According to the National Association of Realtors®, 97% of home buyers look at properties online. Homebuyers are looking for a warm & inviting place to call their own. The right photos can make your home feel just that. Resulting in more buyers in your door!

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If you’re wondering how to prep your home for your upcoming listing photos look no further! This is the ultimate guide of what to do and what not to do to best prepare your home for real estate photography. Do not waste your time or your photographer’s time! Make sure your home is immaculate and ready for the shoot!


  • Hang a wreath and add a welcome mat to the front door
  • Turn all lights on
  • Make sure all pets/guest are gone
  • Remove all objects that you do not want to be seen in the images
Welcome mat


  • Clear countertops of all appliances
  • Empty sink and put always all dishes. Put all sponges, brushes, and dish soap under the counter
  • Empty the garbage and move cans & bins to the garage
  • Remove all artwork/magnets from the fridge
  • Put animal dishes and kennels out of sighs
  • Remove rugs, potholders, and dish towels
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  • Make beds and clean rooms
  • Put all clothes and toys away
  • Remove family photos


  • Declutter
  • Organize
  • Stow seasonal items elsewhere
  • Remove clothes if necessary


  • Clear countertops of all personal items
  • Clear shower
  • Clean mirrors and other surfaces
  • Remove plungers & other cleaning items
  • Put toilet seat & lid down


  • Freshly mow lawn and trim bushes
  • Neatly coil/hang hoses
  • House number should be clean and visible
  • Pressure wash driveway
  • Remove any yard clutter
  • Remove all vehicles from driveway & front of house


Going step-by-step down this checklist will ensure your home is ready for your real estate photographer. Once this list is completed, your photos will be sure to dazzle future home buyers! It’s time to get photo-ready!

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