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How to Prepare Your Home for Real Estate Photos

Inside Your Home


Every Room

  • De-clutter. Put away toys, clothing, dishes, towels,
    papers, magazines, etc.

  • Replace burned out light bulbs.

  • Remove photos of family and children.

  • Put away seasonal/holiday decorations.

  • Hide trash cans.

  • Remove small area rugs and mats.

  • Hide pet food/water bowls, pet beds, and pet toys.

  • Consider putting out vases of fresh flowers.



  • Make beds, fluff pillows, smooth spreads, and ensure bed skirts hang properly.



  • Put toilet seats and lids down.

  • Clear bathroom counter tops. Put away personal items, products, combs and brushes, and toothbrushes.

  • Remove all products from the shower.

  • Hide washcloths and bath towels. Replace with guest towels, if available.



  • Clean kitchen sink and put away all dishes.

  • Clean and clear kitchen counter tops.

  • Hide countertop appliances, such as toasters, can openers, blenders, and coffee pots.

  • Remove magnets and decorations from the refrigerator.


Outside the Home


  • Put away garbage cans, hoses, garden tools, toys, bikes etc.

  • If there is a pool, hot tub, or spa, take any security gate down, uncover, and clean.

  • Open umbrellas on patio sets.

  • When in season, uncover grills.

  • Remove seasonal/holiday decorations.


Right Before Photo Session


  • Turn on ALL interior lights – including lights in furniture cabinets.

  • Turn OFF all ceiling fans.

  • Open all blinds, shades, and curtains.

  • Remove all cars and vehicles from the driveway and the street in front of the home.

  • Secure potentially aggressive animals in a safe location, away from all rooms being photographed.




Bob Sowder



Use these tips to prepare your home for photos that will attract buyer attention and help sell your home. Your real estate agent is responsible for ensuring your home is beautifully portrayed in real estate listings and marketing initiatives. He or she will hire a photographer and will coordinate the best time to shoot your home, based on your schedule and selling timeline.