How to Prepare a Property for Shooting?

How to Prepare a Property for Shooting?

Home is not a place… it’s a feeling!

De-cluttering your home makes it easier for potential buyers to imagine themselves living there. Allow viewers to see floor space in each room, dress your table and add flowers to add a pop of color to a neutral room. Thoroughly tidy all exterior and interior spaces of your house!

A neat and organized place always attracts more potential clients and this is why I always recommend every owner kindly tuck away personal items and put away things from the countertops in order to give a cleaner image. The majority of home buyers start their search online, so it is important to make the first impression count!

Prepare Every Room You Plan to Shoot

Give agents and their clients a checklist on how to prepare a home for its photo shoot. You rarely get a second chance to make a good first impression. The list helps sellers get their space what he calls “wedding day ready.”

For outstanding advice on how to take real estate photos, I compiled a room-by-room guide demonstration on how to prepare for a photo shoot. Here are a few tips for preparing your home for the best real estate photos possible:

Before my arrival:

Interior- the heart of the house

For me, the most important is to put in order every single room in. Thoroughly tidy all exterior and interior spaces of your house!

  • Open window shutters treatments to let outside light.
  • Unplug or conceal power cords!
  • All pets hidden during the shooting!

Turn all television, computer screens, and fans OFF. Images on a screen can turn up as a blur. Make sure they’re all switched off when it’s time to snap some photos.

Turn ON all interior lights. Check if there are mismatched light bulbs. You can have an eclectic taste in lamps and lighting fixtures, just not the
bulbs. Both “warm” and “cool” lightbulbs can clash in a picture. The best way to avoid it is to simply buy all the same types of bulbs for a room.

Remove all pet toys and dishes.

Make all beds and press bed linens and bed skirts. Flip around bed pillows so that the opening of the pillowcase isn’t visible to the camera. It looks just terrible in pictures.

Put in order your furniture pillows. Making throw pillows stand to attention. 

Straighten photo frames.

Clear off the countertop. Clear and wipe off the counters so they look polished and clutter-free.

Remove everything from the top and doors of the fridge, including magnets, business cards, photos, and so on.

Hide dish soaps, sponges, paper towels, and anything else around the sink.

Clean mirrors and any glass surfaces.

Put toilet seats and lids down.

Hide toiletries that are on the counter or in the shower or bath.

Remove old towels from doors, showers, and bathtubs, and hang a new set of towels that coordinate with the paint or tiles.

Put a fresh roll of toilet paper in each bathroom.

Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring, no knives, no dishes in the sink, leave out max of one small appliance (for example coffee maker), no soap, shampoos, toothbrushes, medications, deodorant, etc.

Tuck away the trash can.

Straighten all chairs and space them evenly.

Remove personal items like personal photographs. You can replace them with general landscape/object photographs.

Place food, water bowls, and pet beds/toys in the pantry. Contain pets in a hidden crate or outside.

Clean the whole house. The entire room needs to be clean and free of clutter. Vacuum carpet, mop hard floors, clean countertops, and clean windows.

Curate the kitchen or dining table with a nice set of dishes.

Place a bowl of fruit or a bouquet of flowers on the kitchen counter if it doesn’t detract from the finishes.

Feature one centerpiece such as a bouquet of flowers.

Remove kids’ toys. Neat, tidy, and without toys all over the place. Notice how spacious the room looks, even with a large bunk bed occupying much of the frame.

Use a lint roller on furniture to remove pet hair.

Hide calendars (they can date a listing).

Like with any other space in a home, the details matter when photographing a bedroom. While wide shots and having the bed as the focal point are important, so too is highlighting any details that make the bedroom a unique space.
The angled ceilings and beams in the photo above, for example, are a wonderful subject to highlight.

Fireplaces, balconies, large windows, and the view out the windows are suggested subjects as well.

Depending on the space, place flowers or a potted plant on the counter.

Tall Vases
Big floral arrangements might look impressive in person, but they can be distracting in a two-dimensional photograph. “In real estate photography, we’re trying to show the space,”, noting that a huge vase can actually hide the depth of a home. “We want to try and maximize that viewpoint and the whole layout,” I recommend low-profile arrangements.

Small Rugs
There’s nothing wrong with keeping larger area rugs out, but floor mats and runners tend to make a space look smaller. “You want to be able to see the original flooring, and if you remove tiny rugs and floor mats, it makes the space look bigger,”, especially if you’ve got hardwood floors or tiles.

Too Many Appliances
No, you don’t have to make your refrigerator or oven pull a disappearing act. But smaller appliances should be stored away to keep counters clean and open as much as possible. It all depends on the size of the kitchen, your aim should be to declutter countertops, keeping just a coffee maker or perhaps a knife block tucked away into each corner.


Exterior- The front exterior is usually the first photo buyers see

  • Close garage doors
  • Remove cars from the driveway and front of home!
  • Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves)
  • Use a broom to remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames
  • Remove visible water hoses, toys, sports balls, basketball goals, soccer goals, etc.
  • Make sure the garbage cans are not visible!

Backyard- an oasis to relax

  • Clean the porch, and tidy up outdoor tables, chairs, and cushions
  • Pillows and cushions should be fresh, not faded
  • Clear out kids’ toys, balls, frisbees, etc.
  • Clean pool
  • Remove pool vacuum/cleaner hose
  • Hide pool cleaning supplies
  • Turn on pool fountains/water features
  • Remove visible water hoses
  • Remove trash cans

Remember! The goal of your photos is to help potential buyers envision themselves living in the home. With the tips I’ve outlined above, you will be able to do just that!

Thank you for your collaboration!