Prepping Your Home for a Real Estate Photographer

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Good listing photos can mean the difference between a quick sale and an epic fail. After all, the majority of buyers now begin their home search online where photos can be examined, compared, contrasted and discarded in mere minutes (sometimes only seconds!). That’s why many sellers choose to enlist the aid of a seasoned, professional real estate photographer.

If you’ve already hired a pro, you’re well on your way to sporting a SOLD sign on your front lawn. But don’t send out your change of address cards just yet—there are still a few simple steps you can take to stage your home for maximum impact during its big photo shoot.

Exterior tips
Want your home to make a great first impression? Here are some easy and inexpensive ways to boost its curb appeal for listing photos and showings:

  • Turn on all outdoor lights (be sure to replace burned out bulbs)
  • Mow the lawn
  • Pull weeds
  • Trim shrubs
  • Replace failing flowers
  • Add fresh mulch
  • Sweep walkway, porch and/or patio
  • Remove seasonal décor
  • Remove all vehicles from the driveway
  • Hide garden supplies, toys, bicycles and trash cans from view
  • Wipe down all surfaces
  • Clean and straighten porch/patio furniture
  • Clean swimming pool (if applicable)

Interior tips
If you prepare properly, interior photos of your home can generate a lot of interest from prospective buyers. Following are some simple steps to showcase the inside of your home in the best possible light (both literally and figuratively).

  • Clear away all clutter and personal items (e.g., extraneous furniture, family photos, knick-knacks)
  • Deep clean the entire home (or hire a service to do it for you)
  • Wash windows
  • Open all window treatments to let in natural light
  • Turn on all lamps and recessed lights (be sure to replace burned out bulbs)
  • Turn off all ceiling fans
  • Turn off all electronics (e.g., televisions, computers)
  • Make all beds
  • Remove throw rugs and runners to reveal flooring in entry, kitchen and bathrooms
  • Close toilet lids
  • Hide animal bowls, litter boxes and trash cans from view

Want to take your own real estate photos? Check out 4 pro tips for better real estate photography.

Interested in additional tips for selling your home? Read the other informative articles in the Selling a Home section of our blog.