Home Preparation

Here are some helpful tips to be sure the best real estate photos are taken:

  Exterior

  • Sweep driveway, sidewalks, patios, and decks.
  • Mow lawn, trim trees and bushes, and remove any weeds.
  • Remove all vehicles from driveway and street in front of the house.
  • Move outdoor garbage cans so they cannot be seen from the street.
  • Storing them in the garage is a good idea as I normally do not photograph the inside of the garage unless it has special features.
  • Remove garden tools, hoses, sprinklers, toys, bicycles, and seasonal decorations from the yard.
  • Clean grill and remove cover.
  • Clean pool area.
  • Make sure outside lights are functional.
  • Remove any signage from the yard.
  • Spread fresh mulch in gardens.
  • Fill planters with flowers.

Interior

  • Contain pets and any evidence of pets (cages, food bowls, chew toys, etc.) out of sight.
  • Clean all floors.
  • Remove piles of magazines and newspapers.
  • Clear counters, tables, and desk tops.
  • Put bathroom and kitchen essentials in a cabinet or closet.
  • Make sure all light bulbs are working and replace any that aren’t.
  • Put indoor trash cans out of sight.
  • Remove any items on the refrigerator such as photos, notes, papers, magnets, drawings, calendars, etc.
  • Remove small rugs, especially in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Clean all windows, countertops, mirrors, glass fronts of aquariums, TVs, and any other reflective surfaces.
  • Remove any personal photos from sight.
  • Be sure all beds are made and check the neatness of bed linens.
  • Hang or put away all clothes.
  • Turn on all lights.
  • Turn off all TVs and ceiling fans.
  • Reduce clutter.
  • Open all curtains and blinds to allow as much natural light in as possible.
  • Neatly hang fresh, matching towels on towel racks.
  • Dust and remove cobwebs from all furniture surfaces, ceiling fans, light fixtures, etc.
  • Open all entry doors and close all closet doors.
  • Set dining tables with dinnerware and a centerpiece.
  • The biggest tip is to just declutter.
  • Get a storage space if you need to. Less stuff makes for better photos.