Do you have an upcoming photoshoot and you don’t know how to prepare the home for real estate photography?
Here are some of the lists that I created based on my experience and thorough research. It is important to make the first impression count. And I hope that you run through this as you prepare the home that you’re about to shoot.
Real Estate Photography Checklist
Kitchen, Dining, Living
- Remove inappropriate, non-decorative items that don’t contribute to the home itself.
- Remove newspapers, nick-nacks, rags, pet-related items, cleaning tools, etc.
- Check all light bulbs for consistent color and make sure they’re all working.
- Turn ON all the lights and turn OFF the fans.
- Remove everything from the exterior of the refrigerator, such as magnets, photos, etc.
- Remove everything from the sinks, including dish racks, scrubbers, towels, and dishes.
- Organize any cabinets that are visible, such as glass-front cabinets or open cabinetry.
- Clean the stove and remove extraneous items.
- For added appeal, set out a bowl of fresh fruit or a cutting board with some avocados in the kitchen.
- Add a tasteful centerpiece on the dining room table or set the table with nice dishes and flatware.
- Hide all TV remotes, shut off the TV, and close off any TV furniture.
Beds and Baths
- Declutter! Remove items from the bedside tables such as glasses, books, c-pap machines, etc.
- Remove any exercise equipment like bikes.
- Make the beds with military precision.
- Make sure nothing is visible under the bed.
- Remove any pet-related items such as kennels, doggie steps, or toys.
- Takedown any posters or strange decor in children’s/teenagers’ rooms.
- In the bathrooms, make all shiny surfaces shine! Especially mirrors.
- Hang fresh towels that match the color motif of the room.
- Clear ALL toiletries, lotions, potions, soaps, etc. from the countertops and hide them.
- Remove shampoo, soap, loofas from bath or shower.
- Remove all small floor mats or rugs, and remove colorful toilet covers.
- For added appeal, light candles or carefully fold a hand towel on the counter.
- Hide any items that distract, such as garden hoses, yard art, kids toys, trampolines.
- Mow and trim the yard several days before your appointment and blow off clippings.
- Rake the yard the morning of your appointment and blow off any porches and patios to remove leaves and debris.
- Park cars down the street or in the garage so they don’t appear in ANY photographs.
- Hide garbage cans in the garage.
- Straighten deck/patio furniture and place cushions or other decors that are usually stored inside.
- Clean the barbecue grill and remove its cover, but hide the tools and supplies such as propane bottles, lighter fluid, brushes, etc.
- Clean the pool of any debris, remove all floats and toys, and remove the automatic pool cleaning device plus any hoses. Hide the long poles such as the leaf nets.
- Turn on all exterior water features or poo