Prepare Your Home

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Real Estate / MLS Photography

With over 85% of buyers now using the internet to search for their next home, the importance of good photography has never been so critical. Good photography starts with good preparation.

Our List

We have put together this checklist to assist you in preparing your home for a successful photo shoot. You may also Download this list as PDF file.


Throughout Home

  • Reduce any clutter in the main rooms to help make them look larger and more “neutral”
  • Take down any family portraits you do not want in the photos
  • Throw rugs and runners in entryways, kitchen, and bathrooms should be removed
  • Replace any burned out light bulbs in fixtures and lamps
  • Energy saving light bulbs. We do understand the savings these bulbs provide over time, but in digital photos they produce some very unwanted color casts. They tend to make a room look dated and smaller in size. We recommend standard bulbs at the highest wattage the fixture will allow


  • Clear off countertops and remove any small appliances and clutter (i.e. toaster, coffee pot, knife block)
  • Remove photos, notes and papers from the refrigerator
  • Clean the major appliances (refrigerator, oven, range hood)


  • Make all beds and tidy bedrooms
  • Clothes should be hung, folded and put away
  • Remove items from bedside tables ~ books, magazines, tissues, clock radios, etc.


  • Clear all personal items off countertops (i.e.: toothbrushes, soap dishes, tissue, lotion, makeup, etc.)
  • Remove shampoo, soaps and other products from the shower/tub area
  • Clean mirrors
  • Hang fresh linens

The Living & Family Room

  • Remove piles of newspaper and magazines
  • Hide all TV/stereo remote controls
  • Conceal all exposed cables as best as possible
  • Remove clutter and personal photos from bookshelves, tables and cabinets
  • Move trash cans out of view to a closet or cupboard

Final Touches

  • Turn on all interior lights
  • Turn ceiling fans and televisions off