Get Your Home Photo Ready With These 25 Simple Steps!

You only get 3 seconds to make a first impression online. This is why having professional photography is so important. It separates you from the herd.

This is also why it's important to be prepared for when your photographer arrives. The better prepared, the better the photo, the better the impression.

So how do we get prepared you ask? I think we should start with the Must-Do's on the day of your shoot.

Must-Do's On The Day Of Your Shoot

  1. Turn on all interior and exterior lighting on the day of your shoot. This includes lamps and furniture lighting (china closets, bookshelves, etc.). This helps provide light and a more dynamic feel to the photos.

  2. Turn off ceiling fans. They become a (whatever color fan blade) blur in the photos given how fast they spin.

  3. Shut the lids on all your toilet seats... I don't think you need a reason why.

  4. Light fireplaces and candles. Same as the lights, it gives the photos a more alive and dynamic feel.

  5. Move all the cars from the driveway/front of the house. Makes for cleaner exteriors.

  6. Hide all animals and animal related items. (Dog/ cat bowls, litter boxes, etc.). Not everybody loves pets the way you and I do.

  7. Hide or remove your valuables during the shoot. These photos will be available to the public, it's best to protect yourself.

Now we'll look into how we can get prepared in the time leading up to your shoot.

Inside Of Your Home

  1. De-Clutter. Put away kids toys, clean up any papers or mail, shoes, dishes, etc.

  2. De-Personalize. Remove family photos, offensive art pieces(things like taxidermy). You might love your things, but not everyone will.

  3. Hide trash cans.

  4. Dust and Vacuum.

  5. Remove all decorations and magnets from the refrigerator.

  6. Make all the beds.

  7. Remove toiletries and personal bathroom items. (Shampoo, conditioner, used towels, etc.)

  8. Remove seasonal items/decorations. You don't want the photos to look aged if your house takes awhile to sell.

  9. Replace all burned out light bulbs. This goes with the appeal of the picture, al the lights will be on. So try to have them ALL on.

  10. Clean kitchen counter tops. (Put away toasters, coffee pots, etc.)

Outside Of Your Home

  1. Mow grass, rake, trim bushes. These things provide a clean appearance.

  2. Open patio umbrellas. It helps people envision using the space.

  3. Put away garbage cans, kids toys, bikes, etc.

  4. Clean up after any animals. This is nice for the photos and the photographer.

  5. Uncover grills and patio furniture. (Unless its snowing, nobody grills in the snow).

  6. Uncover and clean you pool/hot tub. (Same as 5 for the pool, nobody swims in December).

  7. Replace non-working exterior light bulbs. Lighting is everything.

  8. Hide your yard decorations. Like before, not everyone loves the things you do.

These simple things will help your house look great on it's big day!

If you have any questions about home preparation, photography or the marketing of listings you can reach out at 888-405-RNDR(7637) or direct chat with us at We'd love to help you in any way we can.

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