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How to Increase Your Home's Sales Appeal

Tips on How to Prepare Your Home for a Real Estate Listing Photo Shoot.
The Home Seller’s Guide to Preparing a Home for Photography


Thoroughly clean whole house (vacuum carpet, mop hard floors, clean counter tops, clean windows)​


Turn on all interior lighting. Make sure bulbs are same type.

Don't mix LED's, fluorescent, halogen, CFL's and incandescent in the same room. Use all same type of bulbs.

Turn all ceiling fans OFF

Turn all TVs OFF

Turn all computer screens OFF

Open all blinds & window treatments.

Remove personal photographs (or replace with general art)

Make all beds and fluff the pillows.

Remove all small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring

Place all clothing items in closets


Close garage doors

Remove cars from driveway and in front of home

Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves)

Remove visible water hoses

Remove toys, sports balls, basketball goals, soccer goals, etc.

Clean porch, tidy up outdoor tables, chairs, cushions, etc.

Remove all children's toys

Clean swimming pool, fountains etc.

Remove trash cans


Clear counter tops completely. No knife blocks, baking supplies, mail, etc.


You can leave out one small appliance e.g. a coffee maker

Remove magnets, papers, photos, etc. from refrigerator

Hide garbage/trash cans


Clear table, dust and polish the table top

Use decorative place setting if available

Feature one center piece such as a bouquet of flowers

Straighten all chairs and space them evenly


Remove stacks of magazines, papers, mail, etc.

De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth

Clean interior of fireplace and re-paint if needed

Fluff and arrange furniture pillows

Remove all children’s and pet toys


Make bed, including decorative pillows/shams if available

Press bed linens and bed skirts

Clear nightstands of all personal items. No clocks, cell phones etc.

Store away phone and tablet charging cables

Remove all clutter from top of dressers

Remove family photos from walls

Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos


Remove personalized names from walls

Remove wall stickers/posters

Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos


Clear counter tops completely. No soap, toothbrushes, medications, deodorant, etc.

Put toilet seats & lids down

Close closet doors

Remove shampoo, soap, loofahs, etc. from showers and tubs

Remove dirty towels - leave out only new, unused towels

Remove all floor mats


Place food and water bowls in pantry or closet

Hide pet beds, toys, water and food bowls.

Hide pet crate.

Use lint roller on furniture to remove pet hair

Secure pets in hidden crate or outside

Clear back yard of pet waste & toys

Do not allow your pets to wander loose while photos are being taken.

Large and/or aggressive dogs must be secured


I appreciate all help and suggestions! I will ask for a simple walk-through before setting up my equipment. This will give you the opportunity to point out details and features of your home that you want included in your marketing photos. Once I begin, please either vacate the premises or try to stay out of the way, as wide-angle photos can include adjacent rooms where you may inadvertently walk into the frame, which I will have to re-shoot. I love friendly conversation, but only before or after the shoot, as I need 100% focus (no pun intended) to get the best shots of your home.

"We use Ken for almost all of the homes we stage. He has an amazing, artistic eye for making the homes, and our staging, look fantastic! Photos are the first impression of a home for sale and great photos are key to getting more showings so the cost of a professional is worth every penny. Ken is reliable with a quick turn around, and I would recommend him highly to anyone needing to get their home sold."
-- Cindi S, Showhomes Western NC

"I received tons of compliments on the photos and the sellers were very pleased/impressed. THANK YOU!"
-- Mahalia Kennedy - Appalachian Realty Associates

"Ken did a great job taking photos of my 1940 house. He made everything look perfect! Nice man, prompt and very professional!"
-- Jen Posnak

"Ken was absolutely fabulous. Professional, personable and talented! I recommend him to anyone looking for quality real estate photography"

-- Marquesa Hotchkiss