Preparing Your Home for the Photographs

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Preparing Your Home for the Photographs


We all know the importance of preparing a home to sell. Making sure everything is in top-notch condition and scrubbed clean are very important. There are however, a few more steps to take care of when getting your home ready for the photographer.


Pictures take on an entirely different angle than actually being there. It really is important to go room by room and evaluate what needs to be moved, de-cluttered or added. A little prep-work prior to the pictures being taken can and will make a big difference in the way your home is viewed via photographs.


These TOP TEN TIPS will assist you in getting the very

best home photography shots:


  1. Turn ON EVERY light! The more lights the better. For the night shots, do the same thing.
  2. Look at your windows. Are the shutters all opened and even? Do you need to raise the blinds? Are the cords visible?
  3. In each room, remove the everyday items such as pencil cups, excessive decorations, shampoo bottles in the shower, toiletries on the counters, and basic clutter. Did I mention clutter? Yes, please de-clutter every room.
  4. Remove any furniture or items that might detract from the pictures. Just take it out for the shot and then move it back in afterward.
  5. Remove bath towels & other clothing hanging on a hook or on the shower.
  6. Keep decor as simple as possible. Over-decorating can really detract from the effectiveness of the pictures which are meant to feature the home.
  7. Clean up the exterior of your home by putting away garden hoses, old pots, tools, toys, pet cages, etc.
  8. Fresh flowers and mulch always make for great pictures.
  9. Try to avoid having pictures made with seasonal decorations. This will ensure that your pictures look great no matter what time of year it is.
  10. Hide every electric cord that you can. This might involved simply taping them to the bottom of a table. Pictures look so much nicer without the distraction of cords.


Remember, simply going room by room with a keen, critical eye is best. Sit down with the latest issue of a home magazine and pay attention to the details in the photograph. What appeals to you?


As the old saying goes, "A picture is worth a thousand words." is very true. In this digital age, great home pictures are a must. As your potential buyer is searching the Internet, making sure your pictures pop and grab their attention will make a difference.


Preparing your home for the photographer is as important as preparing your home to list. A little work early on will help your pictures show your home in the very best way possible. Good luck as you prepare to sell your home.


CHEVAUX Group, PLLC is always ready to help you with your next real estate transaction. Give us a call today. We love what we do.


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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Paula, great advice!  The online photos make up that all-important first impression.  

Sep 08, 2016 10:39 AM #1
Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     Good tips, Paula.  The house should be in showroom condition, on a sunny day.

Sep 08, 2016 11:16 AM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Good advice, Paula!  An important part of marketing homes is preparing them for photographs and showings.

Sep 08, 2016 11:59 AM #3
Joyce Marsh
Regal | Christie's International Real Estate - Ormond Beach, FL
Regal Christie's International Real Estate

Preparation, staging and professional photos are key elements to a successful marking campaign. 

Sep 08, 2016 12:14 PM #4
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Proper preparation for photos is key since that is the first open house that the buying public, and agents, will see. These are great suggestions that sellers should be aware of. I often take some photos of the house first, or suggest sellers do so because, as you say, things look different in person than in a photo.  It;s hard, sometimes to look at your home and figure out the right way to make it look it's best. Yet another reason for a staging consult.



Sep 08, 2016 01:06 PM #5
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Thank you Paula McDonald. I have been looking for a tip list for Sellers and so I bookmarked this for that reason. 

Sep 08, 2016 01:38 PM #6
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

A great check list of things that I need to pay attention to, thanks for the tips Paula!


Sep 08, 2016 02:30 PM #7
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Sally Crane and Nicholas Crane will want to read this post too since they take many of my pics.

Sep 08, 2016 02:31 PM #8
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

It makes the impression that gets people in the door and I completely agree with you.  When I see new listings pop up on the MLS I know the ones I will get appointment requests for vs those that will linger on the market until enough price reductions happen from the photos.

Sep 08, 2016 02:42 PM #9
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