How to prepare a home for real estate photos

Outside

  • Park vehicles away from the front of the house prior to the photographer’s arrival

  • Absolutely no contractors can be working outside or inside the property at the time of the shoot

  • Mow grass and remove all debris from the sidewalks and driveways

  • Power wash sidewalks and driveways if needed

  • Place garbage and recycling cans inside the garage

  • Remove all seasonal decorations

  • Remove pet waste

  • Hide children’s toys and pet-related items

  • Remove and store pool cleaner, nets and chemical bottles

  • Turn all fans off

  • Make sure water sprinklers do not run before or during the shoot

  • Roll up or store hoses

  • Neatly arrange patio furniture

  • Cover or clean grills

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Inside

Overall Preparation

  • Have all light bulbs working and turned on prior to the photographer’s arrival

  • Turn all fans off

  • Blinds down and open/window treatments pulled back

  • Hide pet related items including bowls, kennels, beds, toys, etc.

  • Place pets in a separate room or garage

  • Remove all seasonal decorations

Kitchen

  • Remove all magnets, photos, etc. from refrigerators

  • Hide garbage cans in pantry or garage

  • Empty the sink and remove dish soap/cleaning supplies

  • Turn on lights above the sink, stove and under/above cabinets

  • Clear the kitchen counters, less is more

Bathroom

  • Hide all toiletries (shampoo/conditioners, toothbrushes, soaps etc.)

  • Hide robes, dirty clothes, hampers, garbage cans and scales

  • Remove all rugs in the master bathroom

  • Clean mirrors

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Twilight Photography

  • Park vehicles away from the front of the house

  • Turn all lights on inside and outside the house including pool and spa (no flood lights)

  • Blinds down and open/window treatments pulled back

  • Turn off all inside and outside fans

  • Place garbage and recycling cans inside the garage

  • Spa and water features on

  • Outdoor gas fire areas lit.