Photography Tip Sheet

Photography is one of the most important parts of listing a house, and in most cases it will be the determining factor as to whether or not a buyer will decide to visit the home in person.  So it is critical to make the proper preparations before the photo shoot.  When it comes to photography, less is more. The best advice is to gather large boxes or plastic containers and de-clutter every room.  Put non-essential items in separate boxes and keep out of sight as long as your house is on the market. 

It is extremely important that the home be in “photograph-ready” condition prior to our arrival.  In the event a home is not ready for photographs, we will either shoot “as is” or charge a $125 fee and return at a later date and time.


  • Move cars out of sight
  • Close garage doors
  • Remove trash cans, gardening tools, etc. from sight
  • Stow childrens’ and pets’ toys
  • Coil hoses
  • Set out patio cushions (In many cases, patio umbrellas obscure views so use best judgment)
  • Uncover bbqs, pools, spas


  • Replace all burned out bulbs (we will take pictures with most lights on)
  • Turn ceiling fans off
  • Clean well and de-clutter
  • Valuables and medications out of sight or locked up
  • Open window coverings (unless they are concealing a less than desirable view)
  • Remove most, if not all personal photographs
  • Clear kitchen countertops of almost everything, with the exception of one or two decorative items
  • Conceal garbage containers
  • Remove everything from the top and sides of fridge (pictures, kids’ art, magnets, etc.)
  • Remove non-essential throw rugs (foyer, baths, kitchen, hallways)
  • Clear the bathroom countertops of all toiletries.  Leave only a few decorative items or a floral or plant arrangement.  Put out best towels
  • Empty the shower of shampoos, etc
  • Remove all signs of pets (bowls, rugs, pillows, etc)
  • Remove any table coverings
  • Declutter fireplace mantel