Daily Listing Photo Tip: Clear the Counters in the Kitchen & Bathroom

Real Estate Agent with Resident Realty FA.100079118

We've all been there. The sellers have cleaned their house and are ready for the photos to be taken, or at least in their minds.

Take a few minutes to remove the dish soap, dish towels, lotion bottle, etc from the counter tops. Put the paper towel holder out of view of the camera lense. I didn't do it in this example, but maybe even go so far as to move the coffee machine and fruit bowl. Honestly even I missed that when setting up this shot, the fuit bowl does not bring anything to this photo... so move it out of sight.

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Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula
House Match Inc - Poway, CA
Excellent Sales and Property Management

Cood.  And looking by the clock, it only took 2 minutes to spruce up!

Aug 03, 2017 08:11 AM #1
Paul Antonelli
Antonelli Realty - Saint Cloud, FL
Broker Owner; Antonelli Realty

I agree. Clearing the counters its such a simple way to make a big difference. Good cathc Christina, didnt even notice the time. 

Aug 03, 2017 08:22 AM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Kevin- I couldn't agree more. I tell my clients to snap a photo and see what the camera will see. It seems like a little but editing the extras takes away the visual clutter. 

Aug 03, 2017 06:05 PM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


                                  Thank you Kevin Ray 

Aug 05, 2017 06:17 PM #4
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Wonderful kitchens are always a good idea for all homes of this kind of way! Totally on board!

Aug 05, 2017 11:23 PM #5
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Kevin Ray,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week in her Sunday series! Love the before and after shots. I always email my sellers photos of other homes I've listed and what their photos look like..always an "Ah-ha" gotcha moment!

Aug 06, 2017 06:08 AM #6
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Kevin, I'll be out shooting photos today. I dropped by Friday to do them, and the house was a mess, but it was "ready" according to the owners. Hopefully, the "ready" will actually be ready today.

Aug 06, 2017 06:47 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Kevin. So simple and logical and yet you are right, few pay attention.

Aug 06, 2017 06:55 AM #8
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I can see why Kathy chose to highlight your blog post today!  Great stuff!

Aug 06, 2017 08:21 AM #9
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kevin

So often it's those details that can make such a difference. It can be hard to look past the way the sellers live normally.


Aug 06, 2017 08:34 AM #10
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Clean counters are essential.  Another one is getting the collections of bottles, roosters, whatever on top of the cabinets down.  A nice clean look that invites others to bring THEIR stuff and not focus on yours.

Aug 06, 2017 09:48 AM #11
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I recently read an article by a professional photographer who said "Get rid of EVERYTHING on the kitchen counter." Then he went on to say you'd better have it done before he got there, because he wasn't going to touch a thing.

(Yes, the tone was just a bit arrogant.)

Aug 06, 2017 12:28 PM #12
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Yes, moving things out of the way seems to always be necessary. Especially in the bathrooms!

Aug 07, 2017 03:32 AM #13
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

That gorgeous stove should be the focus....not the red dish towel! Great advice!

You have to be careful when giving sellers this advice though because they can take it to the other extreme and end up with a very cold looking kitchen!

Aug 07, 2017 10:44 AM #14
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA


Yes! The most important when you are preparing house for sale: keep your counter-tops and the whole kitchen clean and uncluttered. 

Oct 06, 2017 02:13 PM #15
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