Professional Real Estate Photo Shoot Preparation tips and suggestions.

Getting your property ready for a professional real estate photo shoot is important when marketing properties today, so doing a great job in making it look its best will certainly pay off in the end.

You want your property clean and clutter-free. Draw attention to the house, not your belongings.

xl visions real estate photo shoot preparation tips


Mow the lawn, spruce up your garden and lawn, trim shrubbery if necessary.

Make sure the driveway & entryway are free of clutter. Toys, bikes, cars, trash cans should be hidden in the garage, and the garage door should be closed.

Yard and patio should be neat. Patio furniture should be cleaned and set up.

During Fall and Winter keep the sidewalks cleared of leaves or snow. During cold months (off season) Patio furniture should be hidden.

Inside your home:

Living Areas: Remove personal items you do not want photographed. Remove clutter and tidy up the shelves, tables, couches etc. Move excess furniture out of rooms. (extra chairs, pet crates, tray tables, etc.). Replace burnt out light bulbs with matching bulbs (the photographer will need light in most rooms).

Kitchen: Clean off kitchen counters; remove spices, trays, pots, pans, food! Make sure dirty/clean dishes are out of the sink & put away. Hide the garbage cans for the time of the photo shoot.

Bathrooms: Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored away. Close toilet lid and hide the garbage cans. Clean mirrors & glass surfaces. Hang towels neatly from towel bar.

xl visions real estate photo shoot preparation tips
xl visions real estate photo shoot preparation tips

During the photo shoot:

If you’re not able to be home during the appointment, please make sure that your pet is either removed from the property or secured in a crate or in the part of the home that will not be photographed (garage or basement).

When photographer arrives check the basics around the house, inside and outside.

It takes just few minute to make sure the house is clutter-free and and ready for the photo shoot.

Turn on as many lights as you can, adjust window blinds and curtins. Try not to be in the room the photographer is photographing as you may end up in the photo. If you can see the camera then the camera can see you.

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for a professional photo shoot and open house.