Tips for realtors and home owners

To make a home look its best in photos, here's a list of suggested items to prepare beforehand for a perfect photo shoot. Double checking this list before a photographer shows up will yield the best results.

  • staging a home for a photo shoot yields much better photos
  • turn on every light inside and outside the house, even during daylight hours
  • check lights and replace any burnt out bulbs before the photo shoot
  • turn off all ceiling fans so they don't blur in the photos
  • close all windows and outside doors
  • clean glass surfaces to a spotless shine: windows, mirrors, tables, etc.
  • all interior doors should be fully open
  • garage doors should be closed for exterior shots
  • extend window blinds all the way down and leave them open to see outside
  • curtains should allow at least a partial view through windows
  • turn on pool, spa, and garden lights, water fountains and waterfalls
  • turn on fireplaces if possible, live flames greatly enhance photos
  • move cars out of garage and driveway
  • cars parked along street should not be visible from inside the house
  • keep city garbage collection cans out of view
  • unlock all access gates
  • keep personal items and any identifying objects out of view
  • close toilet lids and bathroom doors
  • arrange and position all furniture as desired before the start of the shoot
  • anything with a rectangular shape on walls needs to be perfectly level
  • tidy and hide electrical cords as much as possible
  • kitchens should be spotless, appliances must look like new
  • bathrooms should sparkle and look inviting to new residents
  • laundry areas need to look clean and ready to use
  • double check neatness of patios, one of the most overlooked areas
  • add plants and flowers of any kind to add life to photos inside and out
  • keep all pets out of view during a photo shoot
  • in general, everything in view should look appealing to a potential buyer
  • stay out of sight of the camera and away from any mirrors and windows visible to the camera