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How to Prepare your Home for your Real Estate Photo Shoot

We know that getting your home ready to put on the market can be incredibly stressful. Don't worry though, we've got you covered. Here are some tips for prepping your home or listing for photo shoot day and making sure it looks incredible for showings:


real estate photography of a bedroom

The first thing you you'll want to do when preparing your home for photo shoot day and for showings is to declutter. Remove as many things from your counters, tables, desks and nightstands as possible. Clear products from showers and bathtubs, and hide your cleaning supplies and trashcans. Our goal at a real estate photo shoot is to show off the space to potential buyers. The less clutter there is, the easier it is showcase your beautiful home.


real estate photography of a two story entry way

The next thing you'll want to do to prepare your home is to depersonalize. The goal here is to present a home that potential buyers can see themselves in. We want buyers to be able to imagine how they will use the space. Does this mean you have to take down every family photo or clear the furniture out of every room? Absolutely not. The goal here is just to minimize your personal touch if possible.


real estate photography of a staged kitchen

Hiring a professional stager is a great way to make your home look fantastic for photos and for showings. However, we know this isn't always possible. Here are some things you can do to stage your home without breaking the budget:

  • get some fresh flowers (fake ones can work too) and vases for kitchen and bathroom counters and mantles.

  • throw blankets and pillows are a great addition to couches and loveseats, especially if you already have them.

  • replace family photos with artwork if possible.

  • use real or fake plants (if you have them) to add color and life to a space.

  • most of us have at least a few knickknacks. Add these to shelves to create depth and interest.

If you're unsure if something looks right, let us know when we get there to photograph your home. We can walk through with you, answer any questions you may have and make suggestions.


real estate photography of a staged open plan living room

Okay, we know you're busy, but when we say clean, we don't mean deep clean until every speck of dust is gone. We just mean clean at the surface level. Wipe counters down, clean the mirrors, tidy up the obvious messes, and maybe vacuum if you have time (we do love some good vacuum lines). For showings, you might have to clean a bit deeper, but for photos a good surface-level cleaning is really all we need.

And there you have it. If you've followed these suggestions, your home will be ready for photo shoot day! You can check out the full photo-ready checklist here.

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