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How to Prepare the Home for Real Estate Photography

You don’t need to hire a stylist to make the house look attractive to potential buyers. Just read our tips and invest a little bit of time!

Blog | Home Sales
Living room real estate photography
Trine Bretteville

Are you selling a home and want some tips on what to prepare for the photography shoot?

Buyers often look at pictures and floor plans as the first step in their search. That’s why many sellers hire a professional real estate photographer to shoot beautiful pictures inside and outside their homes.

Before the photographer arrives, make sure to invest the time in preparing and styling the home. A few hours of cleaning, arranging, and decluttering can help you receive beautiful, appealing photographs for an attractive real estate listing and a faster sale!

Declutter Your Home Before Selling

Where to Start With Real Estate Photography?

While you do not have to show every part of the house in a real estate listing, most agents and photographers will prioritize these standard images:

General tips when preparing the home for real estate photography:

Are you selling your home?

Checklist: Top tips on how to prepare for real estate photography – area by area

Exterior, front yard, and backyard

Front door real estate photograph

Hallway and wardrobe


Kitchen real estate photography

Living room

Living room real estate photography


Bedroom real estate photography

Kids & guest bedrooms

Home office


bathroom real estate photography

When you have prepared the house, it’s a good idea to do a final walkabout to ensure all the details are in place. And then it's ready, and the photographer can start shooting.

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