Preparing Your Home for Real Estate Photographs


General Areas

  • De-clutter as much as possible, especially excessively furnished rooms – store excess in garage
  • Remove any seasonal decorations - Photos will look dated if you're selling in the summer, but there's a pumpkin in the shot.
  • Replace all light bulbs with matching bulbs (warm preferred)
  • Remove all personal items e.g. photos
  • Tidy / Hide all power leads / cables
  • Move garbage cans out of sight.
  • Remove piles of mail, newspaper and magazines.
  • Clean all windows inside and out.

Living Areas / Recreational Rooms

  • Turn off TV and put remotes away
  • Remove all toys, fans, game consoles
  • Remove Exercise bikes / equipment
  • Arrange DVDs, games, books neatly in shelves
  • Turn off and clean ceiling fan

Kitchen / Dining Areas

  • Clean and put away all dishes / cutlery
  • Remove all small appliances
  • Clean all splash backs, range hoods and large appliances especially if stainless steel
  • Remove all detergents, dish clothes, dish rack, tea towels, drain plugs.
  • Ensure range hood lights are working
  • Remove all objects from fridge e.g. magnets, photos
  • Remove bins and pet bowls
  • Minimize bench top clutter e.g. salt and pepper, coffee, cereal boxes
  • Set the dining room table to make it look more inviting


  • Make all beds. Solid color bed clothes photograph better than patterns.
  • De-clutter toys, books, games, tissue boxes.
  • Remove all personal items.
  • Ensure bedside lamps are working.
  • Remove posters / stickers from walls.
  • Clear away all clothes

Bathrooms / Powder Rooms

  • Remove all soaps / shampoo / face washers / bath mats / toys / scales / bins
  • Remove all tooth brushes / tooth paste / razors / hair dryers.
  • Make sure glass and mirrors are spotless
  • Remove all non-matching towels.
  • Remove toilet cleaning utensils.
  • Ensure toilet roll is not empty
  • Close all toilet lids

Outside Areas

  • Mow and rake the lawn and trim edges
  • Rake / sweep up leaves, sticks, papers
  • Remove all gardening equipment e.g. hoses, rakes, wheel barrows
  • Sweep or preferably pressure clean driveway and paved areas
  • Tidy garden e.g. weeds
  • Remove all cars / boats / bikes / trailers
  • Remove all toys

Pool/Spa Areas

  • Ensure pool is clean
  • Remove all pool cleaners and poles
  • Remove all pool toys
  • Open all outdoor umbrellas

60 Minutes before Photo shoot Checklist

  • Set the table (optional)
  • Place wine glasses and wine on outside table (optional)
  • Open all blinds
  • Turn on all lights
  • Turn off ceiling fans
  • Turn off TV
  • Put pets away
  • Put children away
  • Ensure vehicles can’t be seen (street in front of house should be clear of cars)