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Ultimate Real Estate Photoshoot Preparation Guide

When listing a property for sale, first impressions are everything. High-quality, appealing photos can make a significant difference in how quickly your property sells and even in the final selling price. This guide provides comprehensive steps to prepare your property for a real estate photoshoot, ensuring it looks its best in every frame.

Exterior Preparation:

  1. Lawn and Garden: Mow the lawn, trim hedges, and clear away dead plants or weeds.
  2. Driveway and Walkways: Remove vehicles, clear away toys/tools, and sweep clean.
  3. Front Door and Porch: Clean the area, add a welcoming mat, and consider a potted plant for appeal.
  4. Windows and Screens: Ensure windows are clean and screens are intact.

Interior General

  1. Declutter: Remove personal items, excess furniture, and knick-knacks to create a spacious feel.
  2. Clean Thoroughly: Dust surfaces, vacuum carpets, and mop floors.
  3. Repair: Fix any visible damage like holes in walls, broken fixtures, etc.
  4. Neutralize Decor: Aim for a neutral and appealing decor to reach a wider audience.
  5. Lighting: Replace all burned-out light bulbs and turn on all lights during the shoot.


  1. Countertops: Clear off all appliances, utensils, and clutter.
  2. Appliances: Clean appliances inside and out.
  3. Sink: No dishes in the sink or drying rack.
  4. Refrigerator: Remove magnets, photos, and papers.


  1. Countertops: Remove all personal items.
  2. Toilets: Close lids and ensure the area is spotless.
  3. Mirrors and Glass: Clean to remove spots or smudges.
  4. Towels: Hang fresh, matching towels for a cohesive look.


  1. Beds: Make beds neatly with coordinated bedding.
  2. Closets: Tidy and partially empty closets to show space.
  3. Personal Items: Remove personal photos and items for privacy.

Living Areas:

  1. Furniture Arrangement: Arrange for easy navigation and spacious appearance.
  2. Cables and Remotes: Hide TV cables and remote controls.
  3. Decor: Neutral and minimal decor works best.

Final Touches:

  1. emperature: Set a comfortable temperature for the shoot day.
  2. Pets: Arrange for pets to be out of the house.
  3. Odors: Neutralize any strong odors; consider mild air fresheners.

On the Day of the Shoot:

  1. Access: Ensure the photographer has clear access to all areas.
  2. Final Check: Do a last-minute walkthrough to ensure everything is in place.



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