Justin Sheldon Photography


Prepare your home for real estate photos

When prepping your home for real estate photography, it would not be unwise to approach it as if it were a portrait session for yourself or family. Below is a checklist of very simple, yet crucial things that you can do to help assist the real estate photographer (me) with making your home look it's best. The less time spent on staging when I am on site, the more time can be devoted to focusing on capturing the best shot possible. Please use the tips to take pride in the preparation of your home and help create the best possible real estate photographs!

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- Remove cars from driveway and front of the property
- Eliminate empty planters
- Store any sprinklers or hoses
- Remove flags or items that may obstruct the view of the front of your home
- Tidy up patio areas and deck (arrange furniture, pillows, etc.)
- Clean pool and remove any debris (if applicable)




- Clean windows and mirrors
- Replace all burned out light bulbs
- Turn OFF all ceiling fans, televisions, and computer screens
- Place jackets and shoes in closets
- Remove large or noticeable personal photographs
- Hide away TV remotes, magazines, mail, etc.


- Minimize clutter on countertops to only a few items
- Conceal waste baskets or garbage cans into a closet or pantry
- Remove soap and any dishes from sink area


- Make all beds
- Clear nightstands and dressers of personal items and chargers for phones/tablets
- Store away large toys or obstructive children's items such as diaper genies


- Clear soap and personal hygiene items from countertops and sink
- Remove shampoo bottles and personal products from view
- Put toilet seats DOWN



- Clear yard of pet waste AND toys
- Hide away water and food bowls
- Place any pet beds and toys into closets
- Contain your furry loved ones into crates or outside during photo shoot

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