Why Prep for Photos?

Over 85% of home buyers start their search online.  it is imperative to make the first impression count. Follow these tips to prepare your home for the best real estate photos possible.


- Tips for all areas in the home -

Living Room 1D
  • Thoroughly clean entire house (vacuum carpet, mop hard floors, clean countertops, clean windows)

  • Turn all overhead lights and lamps ON

  • Replace all burned out light bulbs

  • Use bulbs of the same temperature (ALL incandescent or ALL compact fluorescent)

  • Turn all ceiling fans OFF

  • Turn all TVs OFF

  • Turn all computer monitors OFF

  • Open blinds/window treatments to perpendicular positions

  • Remove personal photographs (or replace with general landscape/object photographs)

  • Make all beds

  • Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring

  • Place all shoes & jackets in closets



Online “curb appeal” - the front exterior is usually the first photo buyers see

  • Use broom to remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames

  • Remove visible water hoses

  • Remove toys, sports balls, kid’s toys, etc.

  • Hide trash cans behind bushes or in garage

  • Close garage doors

  • Remove cars from driveway and front of home

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

  • Remove empty planters

Exterior Front 1A
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The back yard should be an oasis to relax

  • Clean porch and wipe clean outdoor tables, chairs & cushions

  • Pillows and cushions should be clean and not show sun fade

  • Clear out kid’s toys, balls, pet evidence and alike

  • Clean pool and remove vacuum

  • Hide pool cleaning supplies

  • Turn on pool fountains/water features

  • Remove trash cans

Exterior Rear 1C
Exterior Rear 1B


Sometimes the focal point, the kitchen deserves attention to detail 

  • Clear countertops completely

  • Leave out no more than one appliance, a fruit bowl, and a couple other decorative pieces, which include contrasting colors

  • Clear outside of refrigerator of magnets, papers, photos, etc.

  • Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet

  • Remove dishes from sink, place in dishwasher

  • Clean all stainless steel appliances and leave no wipe marks

Kitchen 1B
Kitchen 1B


Allow buyers to imagine a nice family meal

  • Clear table, dust and polish the table top

  • Use decorative place setting if available

  • Feature one center piece such as a bouquet of flowers

  • Remove child seats/booster chairs

  • Align all chairs uniformly with table and each other

  • Align table directly under over-lamp

  • Straighten all chairs and space them evenly

Dining Area 1A
Dining Room 1A


The space to enjoy conversation and spend quality time with family & friends

  • Remove stacks of magazines, papers, mail, etc.

  • De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth (no more than 5 items, including art)

  • Clean interior of fireplace and re paint if needed

  • Fluff and arrange furniture pillows

  • Remove kid’s toys

  • Center rug with furniture

  • Hide remote controls and electric wires

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Living Room 1B


A good night’s rest recharges the body and mind

  • Make bed, including decorative pillows/shams if available

  • Press bed linens and bed skirts

  • Clear nightstands of all personal items

  • Store away phone/tablet charging cables

  • Remove all clutter from top of dressers

  • Remove family photos from walls

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

  • Rotate bed lamps so stitching is facing towards wall

Bedroom Master 1A
Bedroom Master 1A


Every guest deserves a good night’s sleep

  • Remove personalized names from walls

  • Remove wall stickers/posters

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

  • Typically, secondary rooms are smaller, thus the importance of de-cluttering is more important to show the space and potential of new furniture

Bedroom 3
Bedroom 2


To be spa-like, the bathroom must be clear of all personal items


  • Clear countertops completely. No soap, toothbrushes, medications, deodorant, etc.

  • Put toilet seats down. PLEASE! 

  • Close all doors

  • Remove shampoos, soaps, loofahs, etc. from showers and tubs

  • Remove used towels – leave out only new,unused towels. Decorate towels with 1 hand towel over 1 large towel and place on rack. Fold outside edges in

  • Remove floor mats

  • Clean mirrors and wipe away any marks

Bath 2nd Floor 1A
Bath Master 1A


Most love pets as they’re loving and part of the family, but their presence should be minimized

  • Pets. What pets?

  • Place all food and water bowls in pantry or closet

  • Use lint roller on furniture to remove pet hairs

  • Contain pets in hidden crate or outside

  • Clear back yard of pet waste/toys

  • Be cognizant of the fact that a potential buyer might be allergic to pets or be put-off buying your home due to a potential scent you might be used to



Expectation During the Photo Shoot

Hi, I’m Gil Levy, Owner & Photographer of Framed Listings RE & Commercial Photography and Video Solutions. My only goal is to be an extension of your hard-working agent’s marketing efforts by making your home appear beautiful, realistic and pleasing to the potential buyer.

As I want the photos of your home to be the best they can be, I ask that you take some time and check off as many suggestions as I’ve written above. In order for you to get the highest offer possible, teamwork and cooperation from all parties involved is required in this process.

Although I would love to help you stage and design your home, I unfortunately do not have the skill set required to do so. When I arrive to take photos of your home, I ask that all staging and cleaning is complete prior to my arrival.

To efficiently maintain my busy schedule and deliver the level of service my clients expect, I only set aside a few extra minutes at every location. As I go above and beyond my call of duty on every location, I’d prefer to not have to touch your personal belongings or move furniture around if unnecessary.

I appreciate your cooperation and efforts in advance. You have my promise to showcase your home in the best light possible and I look forward to doing just that!

Shall you have any questions or concerns prior to our scheduled shoot, don’t hesitate to contact your agent or myself.

Kind Regards,

Gil Levy


Framed Listings RE & Commercial Photography and Video Solutions

info@framedlistings.com www.framedlistings.com