Real Estate Photography Checklist - Real Estate Home Photographer

“How should I prepare the home for the photo shoot”? 

There are many things the Realtor and the homeowner can do to ensure their photos come out gorgeous! The photography will typically take no more than 1 to 1 ½ hour for most homes. Photo’s  may include secondary bedrooms, study, office, loft, and will include all main areas of the home. We will also include shots that we feel best show off the home, but will be happy to take any photos you or the homeowner request.

This checklist is a courtesy to both the realtor, and the homeowner. It’s also a wonderful tool to use in order to sell the home quickly! Below you will find the many tips we have accumulated through the years. Realtors, be sure to share these with your homeowners!


1. Have the lawn mowed, leaves raked, bushes trimmed.

2. When in season, flowers can add a gorgeous pop of color.

3. Remove all vehicles from the driveway and front of the house.

4. Make sure all garbage cans, hoses, garden tools etc. are put away.

5. If you will be doing any twilight photos, be sure to check all outdoor lights and change dim or broken bulbs.

6. Remove any “cute” yard decorations the owner may have put out.

7. Remove any “clutter” inside the home, and put away toys, clothing, dishes, towels, etc.

8. Make the beds.

9. The counter tops in the bathrooms and kitchen should be as clean and as empty as possible.

10. Make sure the kitchen sink is empty and all dishes are put away.

11. Hide the trash cans.

12. Hide personal photos.

13. Replace any light bulbs that are out.

14. Remove any decorations or magnets that are on the fridge.

15. Before the photographer arrives, turn on all lights and open all blinds in rooms to be photographed.

16. When necessary, shovel snow from walkways, driveways, patios, decks.

17. Remove/Hide any pet beds, water/food bowls, toys, etc.

18. If there is a pool, take the security gate down, uncover, and clean.

19. Put all the toilet seats and lids down.


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