Lights, Camera, Action – Preparing Your Home for Photography

Preparing your home for PhotographyOne of the most important aspects of marketing your home is the photography. Most buyers and agents will decide whether to visit your property simply by the photos they see on the internet or MLS.

The smallest of actions we take up front, can produce huge results! Here are some suggestions to help make your home a star. Please note that you do not have to do everything on the list, but whatever you do will pay off in dividends!


  • Remove cars or trucks from the driveway or in front of the house so we can get a clear view of the property.
  • Remove any trash cans, toys, or equipment from the front or visible side of the home.
  • If it is dusk, please turn on all the lights on the patio areas, pools, etc. If you have a firepit or waterfall – turn them on.
  • Hide pool nets along side of house. Remove pool skimmer prior to photographer arriving as it drips water on the pool deck.
  • Remove any debris with a quick sweep on the patios.


  • Turn on all the lights two days before the photo shoot to make sure they work and replace any burned out. On day of shoot, turn lights on and open blinds to make the space is as light as possible.
  • Hide personal photos or special memorabilia that you don’t want the world to see.
  • Clean windows if needed.
  • Hide pet bowls and litter pans.
  • Remove magnets/notes from refrigerators.
  • Remove appliances from the counters in the kitchen to show off as much space as possible.
  • Put some fresh flowers in a vase or citrus in a bowl for a splash of color in the kitchen and/or bathrooms.
  • Make all beds, put clothes in laundry.
  • Take used towels off the shower door, and toiletries off counters.Place fresh towels on the rack neatly folded.

If you have any spectacular photos of your home with stunning sunsets or views, we’d be happy to include them in our marketing. We look forward to the marketing and sale of your home! Please let us know if you have any questions.