Homes with high quality photos are shown to sell in a shorter time and for a better price. Here are some tips for preparing your home to be photographed.

  • Make any needed repairs before photography session. Photographers can edit photos to enhance lighting or contrast, but they are not allowed to do any edits that alter the condition of the house.
  • Open all drapes and blinds to let in natural light, and move any furniture that may be obstructing windows.
  • Turn all ceiling fans off. They will create a motion blur in photos.
  • Turn all Televisions off, and clean the screens.
  • Open doors between rooms to give an open feeling when possible.
  • Remove ALL evidence of pets, including food bowls, toys, leashes and the like.
  • Remove rugs from floors, especially tile or wood floors to create a feeling of larger spaces. Don’t forget kitchen and baths.
  • Replace any burnt out light bulbs and, if possible, replace with bulbs that give off natural light.
  • Clean up the entrance/mudroom area by removing all shoes, coats and umbrellas.
  • Unplug and conceal power cords.
  • Move vehicles from driveway and away from the front of home.
  • Move trash cans, and water hoses

Living Room

  • Remove piles of newspaper, magazines and other clutter.
  • Hide all remote controls.
  • Remove personal items, knick knacks, collectibles, toys and photos.
  • Kitchen
  • Clear all counter tops
  • Leave only one or two small appliances on the counter for size perception
  • Clear the refrigerator of magnets, photos, etc.
  • Clean stainless and shiny appliances
  • Remove the trash can.
  • Remove pot holders and dishtowels.

Dining Room

  • Set the table, and use a small colorful centerpiece
  • Clean and dust any chandeliers or lighting
  • Remove any extra chairs or small furniture


  • Make all beds
  • Don’t store items under bed
  • Hang, fold and put away all clothing
  • Remove items from bedside tables (lamps are OK)
  • Remove small furniture such as dressing chairs
  • Remove toys and clutter from children’s rooms.


  • Replace dirty shower curtains
  • Close the shower curtain. If your shower has special design features, leave the shower curtain half-open.
  • Replace toilet paper rolls with full rolls
  • Clear the countertops of toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, cleaners, etc.
  • Remove soap and products from the shower
  • Close the toilet lids
  • Remove plungers, trash cans and cleaning brushes
  • Remove hand towels, bathrobes, towels, etc.