Home Prep

Here are some tips to prepare your home for real estate photography.

Throughout Home

De-clutter rooms which may be excessively furnished as they do not photograph well.
Throw rugs and runners in entryways, kitchen, and bathrooms should be removed.
Replace any burned out light bulbs in fixtures and lamps.
Conceal any exposed electrical cords.

The Home Exterior

Remove all vehicles from driveway(s) and do not park directly in front of the house.
Move garbage cans out of sight.
Remove all garden tools including hoses and sprinklers.
Remove all children’s toys, bikes, etc. from the yard or driveway.
If you have a pool, remove the pool sweep, cleaning equipment and any pool toys.
Mow and rake yard.
Sweep driveway, sidewalks and patios.


Clear off countertops and remove any small appliances and clutter (i.e.: toaster, coffee pot, knife block)
Remove photos, notes and papers from the refrigerator
Clean the major appliances (refrigerator, oven, range hood) and wipe down countertops


Clear all personal items off countertops (i.e.: toothbrushes, soap dishes, tissue, lotion, makeup, etc.)
Remove shampoo and other products from the shower/tub area.
Close the lid on all toilet seats.
Clean mirrors.
Hang fresh linens.

Living Room

Remove piles of newspaper and magazines.
Hide all TV/stereo remote controls.
Conceal all exposed cables as best as possible.
Remove clutter and personal photos from bookshelves, tables and cabinets! Move trash cans out of view to a closet or cupboard.


Make all beds and tidy shelves.
Clothes should be hung, folded and put away.
Remove items from bedside tables ~ books, magazines, pictures, clock radios, etc.

Dining Room

Set the table with your best China and dinnerware.
Add a colorful centerpiece such as candles or flowers.

Finishing Touches

Contain pets in the garage or out of sight Turn on all interior lights.
Turn ceiling fans and televisions off.
Try to hide electrical cords behind couches or objects.