How to Prepare Your Home For a Real Estate Photographer.

Real Estate Photography

When it comes to having your home shot by a professional real estate photographer there are several steps that you as the home-owner can take to ensure that your property looks it’s very best. After all, a picture in real estate can be worth thousands of dollars so it is worth taking the time to get it right. A clean, uncluttered, and inviting home will help to create compelling images that will result in more potential home buyers viewing your listing.

The following suggestions are provided as a guideline for you to keep in mind when selling your home and having it photographed by a professional real estate photographer.

General Tips For Every Room:

  • Clean windows and all reflective/glass surfaces
  • Replace all burned out light bulbs
  • Remove cobwebs from wall/ceiling corners, dust visible surfaces
  • Fix/straighten/open blinds and shutters (to enhance natural light and views)
  • Make sure cabinets and dresser drawers are able to fully close
  • Make sure any artwork and mirrors are properly aligned
  • Remove any rugs or floor coverings that are in poor condition

Kitchen and Dining Areas:

  • Remove magnets/artwork/photos from refrigerator
  • Remove any items from the top of the refrigerator
  • Put away all unnecessary appliances, dish racks etc.
  • Make sure towels are clean and neatly folded
  • Clean stove-top and put away any pots and pans
  • Neatly organise any visible hanging kitchen utensils
  • Make sure the sink is empty, put all dishes and sponges away
  • Move calendars, mail, phone chargers, etc. out of view
  • Move paper towels, rubbish bins, pet dishes out of view

Living Rooms:

  • Move any pet toys, beds, food dishes out of view
  • Hide TV remote’s and game controllers
  • Hide exposed electrical cables if possible
  • Straighten and organize books and DVDs on bookshelves
  • Place fresh unburned logs in the fireplace, if possible
  • Remove extra pillows and blankets from couch and chairs
  • Remove any unnecessary furniture or exercise equipment (to enhance feelings of space)


  • Make sure all beds are well made and any items under bed are hidden from view
  • Remove as much as possible from dresser and bedside table tops
  • Make sure frames, posters etc. are not crooked
  • Remove excessive stuffed animals and arrange or hide kid’s toys
  • Move laundry basket out of view
  • Remove any temporary fans or heaters


  • Make sure towels are clean and neatly folded
  • Remove any used shower towels
  • Hide toothbrushes and other items from counter
  • Clean all spots and streaks from the mirror
  • Put flowers on the counter, if possible
  • Move cleaning supplies out of view
  • Move toiletries out of view
  • Move rubbish bins out of view


  • Be prepared to move any cars or trailers from driveway
  • Hide wheelie bins out of view from street
  • Put colourful flowers near the front door, patios and walkways
  • Move pet toys, crates, beds, dishes etc. out of view
  • Move shoes, kids toys, sporting equipment out of view
  • Neatly coil or remove hoses and temporary sprinklers
  • Neatly arrange patio furniture and BBQ equipment
  • Trim and remove dead or discoloured branches and leaves
  • Remove leaves from pool, walkways and patio areas