Preparing for Real Estate Photography

To make the most of your professional photo shoot, it is important to prepare your house using these tips:

First, turn on all the lights!


  • Clear countertops of food, dish racks and cutting boards.
  • Remove fridge magnets and other items off the fridge.
  • Remove dish liquids, tea towels, soaps and plugs.
  • Put away garbage bins, brooms, mops and cleaning products.
  • Add a bowl of fresh fruit or a vase of fresh flowers.


  • Clear countertops of toothbrushes, soaps, razors and plugs.
  • Remove shampoos, soaps and cleaning products from showers.
  • Remove scales, bathmats and laundry baskets.
  • Close toilet lids, remove toilet brush and spare toilet paper rolls.
  • Put out fresh towels, folded and hung neatly on rails.


  • Clear away clothes, shoes and laundry baskets.
  • Remove magazines, tissue boxes and jewelry from bedside tables.
  • Remove portable fans, heaters and trash cans.
  • Tidy up study desks, remove excess toys and posters.
  • Make your beds with your best bed linen and thickest pillows.

General Interior Preparation

  • Remove door mats, floor mats and pet bowls.
  • Clean windows, dust surfaces, vacuum or mop floors.
  • Open curtains and blinds and turn off ceiling fans.
  • Make sure all light bulbs are working and turn on all lights.
  • Straighten tables and chairs, arrange cushions attractively.

Outside the house

  • Remove vehicles from driveway and house front.
  • Move garbage and green bin so they are not visible from the street.
  • Put away garden hoses, tools, toys and bikes.
  • Remove pool toys and skimmers.
  • Mow lawn and collect clippings.