How to Prep a House for Real Estate Photography

Even in the hottest seller's market, it's well worth your time to prep your house for real estate photography. Not only does help it us to capture great photos, but it means your house will make the best first impression on future buyers. While these steps are not all required, they are highly recommended and greatly appreciated!


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Recommendations from a real estate photographer
How to Prep a House for Real Estate Photography

GENERAL - Clean and vacuum the entire house - Turn on all lights in the house - Replace any missing or burned out light bulbs - Turn off all ceiling fans - Turn all TVs and computer screens off - Open blinds/window treatments to let in as much light as possible - Remove small area rugs to reveal the actual flooring - Hide pet belongings in garage or closet (bowls, beds, cages, litter boxes, etc.) - Please keep all pets in a kennel or offsite during your appointment​ ​ EXTERIOR - Close garage doors - Remove cars from driveway and front of house - Remove visible water hoses, trash cans, and other miscellaneous items - Sweep/remove leaves and other items in patio areas and walkways - Uncover pools and hot tubs

- Open patio umbrellas and uncover any outdoor furniture or grills ​ ENTRYWAY - Place all shoes and jackets in closets - Remove all mail and clutter from entryway tables ​ KITCHEN - Clear countertops completely. Remove small appliances like toasters & blenders - Clear the refrigerator of magnets, photos, etc. - Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet - Remove dishes from sink ​ DINING ROOM - Clear off table and remove clutter - Straighten all chairs and space them evenly - Remove high chairs/booster seats ​ LIVING ROOM - Remove kid toys - Minimize clutter on surfaces like the mantel, side tables, and coffee table ​ BEDROOMS - Make all beds - Clear nightstand of all personal items (photos, toiletries, etc.) - Store away phone/tablet charging cables - Remove all clutter from top of dressers - Check under beds and remove any items that may show in photos ​ BATHROOMS - Clear countertops of all personal items (soap, toothbrushes, deodorant, etc.) - Remove all personal items from showers and tubs (shampoo, razors, etc.) - Remove bath mats - Remove towels or replace with brand new, unused towels - Hide trash cans in closet - Put toilet seats down ​ ​ For vacant houses, staging can make a huge difference in maximizing your home's appeal to future buyers. In Spokane, we recommend Affordable Home Staging.