How to prepare your home for professional photography

Preparing your home for pictures

You only get one chance to make a first impression. Most buyers will preview your home online before they ever see it in person. That’s why we use professional photography to highlight your home’s best features and impress potential buyers right from the start. Before the photographer arrives, it is important that everything looks inviting, comfortable, and simple. 

Please follow these easy tips to get your home ready to photograph.


    • Remove all cars (do not park directly in front of home as cars can be seen through windows on interior photos), bicycles, boats, garbage bins, hoses, alarm signs, empty pots or pots with dead plants.
    • Sweep off patios, decks and walk-ways.
    • Remove fallen limbs from yard.
    • If you have patio cushions, please arrange them neatly on the furniture.
    • Remove grill covers.
    • If you have a pool, please make sure the Polaris or cleaner has been pulled out.



  • Open all blinds, curtains, sheers (including in garage).
  • Turn on all ceiling lights, lamps, under counter lights, and turn OFF all ceiling fans. Replace any non-working bulbs.
  • Kitchen: please remove all soaps, sponges, drying racks, dirty dishes, food, such as snacks and cereal, off of counters and top of refrigerator, hide the garbage can, take towels off of the fronts of appliances, and remove everything from exterior of refrigerator.
  • Bathrooms: remove all personal items from countertops (razors, toothbrushes, soap, perfumes, personal photos, etc.) In the shower, hide shampoos, razors, sponges, soaps, squeegees, etc.
  • All pet beds, toys, bowls, food and supplies should be hidden. Also, please plan to confine your cats or dogs in a room.
  • Please attempt to hide cords for your electronics as best you can – if you don’t wish to unplug them, move a big plant or some other decorative item to help do the job.
  • Clean mirrors and shower doors, removing any smears.
  • Please assess lighting in each room. If you feel a room is too dark, bring in a few lamps to compensate.
  • Remove small area rugs. If you have wood floors or nice tile, it is better to show those than “hide” them with rugs.
  • Put all remote controls in drawers or under pillows.
  • Please make sure items hidden under beds do not show at a distance.