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Help Sellers Prepare Their Home for Photography

Real Estate Agent with The Matt & Molly Team


We sat down and asked The Matt & Molly Team's long time photographer, Olivia Marone, to give us some tips to share with sellers in order to help them prepare their home for professional photography.  Below is what she offered.  We hope you and your sellers will find it helpful as well!


- Keep driveway free of cars
- Turn on outside lights
- Sweep / blow leaves away
- Clear yard of debris and cutter
- Be sure grass has been recently trimmed
- Porches/patios: arrange patio furniture, including cushions; remove covers from barbeque grills and fire pits; examine potted plants to be sure they are in good shape
- Remove holiday decorations (e.g. Halloween, Easter, Christmas)


- All lights turned on, including lamps
- All ceiling fans should be turned off
- Blinds should be open, unless you don’t want to showcase the view
- If possible use the same color temperature light bulbs throughout the house
- Straighten crooked photos and lamp shades
- Hide pet items (e.g. food, toys, litter boxes)
- Remove personal items / family photos if you do not feel comfortable having them photographed


- De-clutter counter space as much as possible, including paper towels, utensil containers, toasters, coffee makers, etc.
- Be sure sink is free of dishes
- Hide drying racks
- Do not hide items in microwave or oven if you can see through the glass doors
- Turn on under cabinet lighting
- Remove dish towels from stove and cabinet doors
- Remove pet food dishes from floor
- Remove area rugs, mats, etc. if you would like to showcase the floors
- Remove magnets from fridge



Living Room
- Arrange pillows on couches and chairs
- Be sure furniture isn’t blocking fireplace or any other important feature - Hide magazines, TV remotes, and coasters
-TV should be turned off


- If hiding items under the bed, push them far enough under the bed so they are no longer visible - Hide cords/chargers (often on night stands)
- Remove personal items from night stand (e.g. glasses, novels)
- Be sure no clothes are sticking out of dresser drawers


- Hide your toothbrush
- Close toilet lid
- Remove all items from shower (shampoo, razors, soap)
- Be sure towels are folded nicely (tri-fold preferred) with tags hidden - Hide toilet brushes and plungers
- Hide toilet sprays
- Check bathroom mirrors for tooth past splatter.

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

The duish towel on the stove is a peeve of mine and I see it far too often. How can they not see it when looking through the lens

Sep 15, 2014 01:01 AM
Rob Marken
Bend River Realty - Bend, OR
25+ years experience in Bend

Great tips!  I especially agree with moving cars out of the driveway.  A home photographs so well when there are no cars in the driveway. Thanks for sharing. 

Sep 15, 2014 03:11 AM