Northern Virginia Seller-Getting your Home Ready for Pictures/Photo Shoot

Real Estate Agent with Samson Properties VA0225077251

In this "I" OR "E" world pictures speaks and sells the home even before the buyers comes to preview your Northern Virginia home.

Here are some tips to get your home ready to be say cheeseeee:


  • Move any of your vehicles parked from driveway, curb/front of your home to a side street or near by parking lot.
  • Remove trash cans, recycling bins, toys and/or anything that is lying around your yard.
  • Give your grass a cut, trim the edges and low hanging tree brachnes, water the flowers and remove weeds from walk way or planters.
  • Clean the Windows!  Believe me... it really helps a home "POP"
  • Wet the patio or concrete walk way couple hours before the photo session.


  • Remove any Calendars, magnets from the refrigerator or walls.
  • Clear all counter tops. - No scrubbers, soap, coffee marker, microwave, toaster ovens.
  • Clear all the cereal boxes or any storage over the refrigerator.
  • Add fresh flowers that will pop the color in the picture.
  • Clean appliances, glass tables or displays and cabinets very well - Dirty appliances or furniture will look smudged with flash cameras.
  • Hide trashcan from Kitchen.



  • Toilet lids must be down.
  • Shin the mirror.
  • Replace all burnt out light bulbs and clean the light fixture.
  • Remove toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, lotion bottles and trashcans.

Through out the home:

  • Open all drapes and blinds on windows.
  • Move the furniture that obstructs windows or light coming into a room.
  • Turn all ceiling fans OFF. 
  • Turn all inside lights ON.  This will help balance the light in most areas.
  • Turn all Televisions OFF, and clean them very well.
  • Make Beds my personal preference is a clean, crisps white linen think about hotel room when you walk in.
  • Open doors between rooms to give an open feeling when possible.
  • Remove ALL evidence of pets and your pets from the picture.
  • Unplug hanging Cords!  Unless it is for security or light unplug the clutter.
  • Replace any burnt out light bulbs.
  • No shoes, umbrella , hand bag, book bags  by doors or anywhere... Place them in the closet.
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NVAR, Life Time Top Producer
NVAR,Multiple Million Dollar Sales Club Member
Samson Properties
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Residential real estate agent serving Northern Virginia in Fairfax & Loudoun county over a decade and almost $100+M in sales volume experience. 


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Allen Tate - Concord, NC

The tips you gave us for getting a listing ready for pictures is very helpful. The pictures are so helpful in getting showings from buyers if they are good.


Sep 18, 2012 12:07 AM #1
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ritu, what great advice for preparing for a photo shoot.     Those photos will make or break whether or not you get showings, and SO important.

Sep 18, 2012 12:17 AM #2
Ritu Desai
Samson Properties - Ashburn, VA
Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949

@Betty, I agree pictures speak so much by itself that buyers mentally connect to the home before they even preview it.


@Joan, thanks! Yes lately photos have made or break the deals.

Sep 20, 2012 11:15 PM #3
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