From Drab to Fab: Prep Your Home for a Photoshoot That Will Make Your Neighbors Jealous

How to get your house reaedy for a photographer

· Tips and Tricks

A winning deal, the buyer who will buy your house - will see what the photographer captures. To help you prepare for your photo session with a real estate photographer - Imagine a scenario where a wealthy buyer is in town and will be stopping by your house for a viewing. Even if your house isn't quite ready for the grand reveal, there are a few simple things you can do to ensure it shows well for this esteemed guest. After all, creating an inviting and visually appealing space can make all the difference when it comes to capturing the attention and interest of potential buyers. So, let's roll up our sleeves and dive into some tips and tricks to get your house ready for its close-up, even for the most discerning of buyers.

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To create visually appealing photos, start by decluttering and removing any unnecessary items from each room. Clear off countertops, minimize clutter on shelves, and de-personbalize space be removing photos, magnets, etc. Additionally, thoroughly clean each room, including windows, mirrors, and floors, to ensure a fresh and polished look.

  • Garage and Closets
    • Becasey we're all just kids. playing grown ups, you're likely to shove a lot of your stuff into a closet, or the garage, for this reason it is unlikely for a photographer to shoot your garage or inside of your closets. Therefore, please use this space to store unnecessary furniture or anything else that may be in the way.
  • Kitchen
    • Hide papertowel roll
    • Remove everything from the sink, all the sponges, dishsoap, etc - put under the sink.
  • All Bedrooms
    • Front/Back facing windows should have window dressing open for natural light.
    • Side windows facing neighboring houses - point the blinds up such that the light bounces up into the ceiling.
    • Turn off celiing fans
  • Lights & Windows
    • All lights should be on: lamps, under cabinetes, over the stove and sink, exterior lights on the garage and front door, back yard lights, etc.
    • Windows should be already open for those windows that we can see outside out of, usually front and back facing windows. Side windows are up to you becuase some people don't want to show neighbours house out of the window, in this case crack open the blinds pointing the blades up to bounce the light off the ceiling.
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Stage with Style:

Consider staging your home to make it more inviting and appealing. Rearrange furniture to create an open and spacious feel, add tasteful decor elements, and while we're at it - here's a lifehack: buy something from a store and return it after the shoot! Staging allows potential buyers to envision themselves living in the space and helps create an emotional connection.

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Enhance Curb Appeal:

Don't forget about the exterior of your home! Boost curb appeal by mowing the lawn, trimming bushes, and adding fresh flowers or potted plants. Repaint or touch up the front door and clean up any outdoor spaces to create an enticing first impression.

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Let There Be Light:

Maximize natural light by opening curtains and blinds to let the sunshine in. Replace any burnt-out light bulbs and turn on all available lighting fixtures to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Well-lit spaces make for more attractive and inviting photos.

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Highlight Key Features:

Identify the unique selling points of your property and ensure they are showcased in the photos. Whether it's a beautiful fireplace, a stunning view, or intricate architectural details, make sure these features are clean, well-presented, and easily visible to the photographer.

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When the photographer arrives:

Communicate with your photographer to discuss specific shots ideas if any. Share any unique aspects of your home or specific areas you want to highlight. By working together, you can ensure that the photographer captures the essence of your property and your vision.


Getting your house ready for a photographer is an essential step in the home selling process. By following these tips and guidelines, you can create a visually appealing and enticing listing that captures the attention of potential buyers. Remember, a little preparation goes a long way in showcasing your home's best features and maximizing its market appeal. Get ready to impress and attract buyers with stunning photos that make your house stand out from the competition.