Pre-Photography Checklist

Pre-Photography Home Checklist

We at Realty and Architecture Photographers want your property to be showcased in the best light possible. This list should help you prepare the property for the shoot and set your listing apart from the crowd:

Exterior :

• Move vehicles from drive and away from the front of home

• Place trash barrels and anything that is not attached to the home in the Garage or out of sight

• Cut grass, and remove all weeds from cracks in concrete.

• Clean windows and mirrors

• Remove the Realtor yard sign (Just for the shoot.)

• When possible, water the grass 4-5 hours prior to shooting - Even a brown lawn will look better

Kitchen :

• Remove any Calendars - Calendars make a listing dated if it goes over 30 days

• Clear all counter tops – No scrubbies, soap, knives or cutting boards

• It is okay to leave 1-2 small appliances for size perception, but more than that can be distracting

• Clear the Refrigerator completely. – No magnets, pictures, lists etc…

• Clean shiny appliances very well – Dirty appliances will look smudged with flash cameras

• Remove or hide Trashcan

General :

• Make sure all dust, dirt, and grime have been removed from all surfaces (fans, lights, appliances, walls, windows, ceilings, floors, doors, etc.)

• Open all drapes and blinds on windows with a good view – An exception would be Baths and some Bedrooms

• For security, remove any expensive artwork and Firearms from view (Even if they are decorative)

• Move/Remove any furniture that obstructs windows

• Conceal Cords! Unplug them from the wall if needed (Except lights)

• 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 and Close Closets. If you showcase a closet, do so separately if possible

• Open doors between rooms to give an open feeling when possible

• Remove ALL evidence of pets

• Remove rugs from floors, especially from tile or wood floors

• REPLACE any burnt out light bulbs

• No shoes by doors or anywhere… Please place them in the closet

Bathrooms :

• Toilet lids should be down

• Clear the Counter-top of absolutely every item considered to be personal

• Remove cleaning brushes and trashcans

• Close Shower Curtains. If custom tiled bath, showcase with shower curtain half-open


Depending on the size and value of the home, it is a good idea to consider staging the home you wish to sell if the house is empty. You wouldn't necessarily have to have every room staged, but often only the main selling points of the house can do the trick.There are many other items to consider when preparing a home for Real Estate Photography, however by just following the above guidelines, your listing should stand out from the crowd. You only get one chance to make a first impression.