51 Tips To Prep Your Listing For A Photoshoot

As a real estate agent, one of the most important tools in your selling arsenal is great photography. But it’s not as simple as taking great photos. The area must be well-prepared or no matter how great the photographer, the photos won’t help you sell the house. Here’s a comprehensive list of ideas and tips to help get your listing ready for a photoshoot.

Front and Back Yards

  • Remove toys, bicycles, dead potted plants, yard tools, mowers and hoses.
  • Remove vehicles from the driveway unless one covers a serious stain.
  • Hide trash cans.
  • Wipe down patio furniture.
  • Add decorative centerpieces to tables.
  • Clear pet waste.
  • When in season, uncover grills.


  • Open or tie-back all curtains (keep them consistent throughout).
  • Turn on all lights; turn off all fans.
  • Make sure all lights have working bulbs.
  • Put items in a utility room, garage or closets to clear clutter.
  • Dust and vacuum thoroughly.
  • Burn scented candles.
  • Remove potentially offensive art.

Living Room

  • Use decorative pillows and drape throw blankets over a chair, ottoman or sofa.
  • Remove clutter, magazines and newspapers.
  • Add decorative touches: plants, a small stack of books, art, decorative candles.
  • Hide cords and electronic chargers.


  • Clear counters small appliances, paper towel holders, paper napkins, drain racks, soap dispensers, sponges, etc.
  • Clear dishes from the sink and dishwasher.
  • Hide trash cans and pet items.
  • Remove magnets from the refrigerator.
  • Highlight decorative items, such as wine bottle/glasses or baked goods on a serving tray.
  • Add centerpieces (plant, flowers, bowl of fruit).


  • Pull back shower curtain or glass doors.
  • Close toilet lids.
  • Remove all items from the sink and counters, except a decorative candle.
  • Fold toilet paper into a point.


  • Clear end tables and dressers of all clutter, except a candle or a few books placed neatly.
  • Make the bed with matching bed linens and decorative pillows.
  • Hide laundry baskets, clothes and small toys.

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