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Prepare your home for real estate photos

The Ultimate Guide:

How to prepare your home for Real Estate Photos

At SnapSquirrel, we understand the importance of presenting your property in the best light possible.

To ensure a seamless and successful photoshoot, we’ve crafted a comprehensive Pre-Shoot Checklist Guide. This user-friendly guide is designed to assist both real estate agents and homeowners in preparing their space for stunning photography. From interior decluttering tips to enhancing curb appeal, our checklist covers every detail to help you make the most of your upcoming photoshoot. Elevate your property’s visual appeal with our guide and set the stage for captivating, picture-perfect results.

Download your Pre-Shoot Checklist Guide today and get ready to showcase your property in its best light!

FREE Printable Guide below

Day of Shoot Reminders

  • At your set appointment time, please have your home ready for pictures. Due to back-to-back appointments, we must reschedule if the house is not ready.
  • We are unable to take pictures of homes while homeowners are moving items in & out of rooms.
  • Please consider running an errand, taking a walk, or going outside during your appointment. This will help the photographer capture the best shots, from the best angles without distractions.



  • Pull weeds
  • Trim trees and overgrown shrubs
  • Rake up the leaves
  • Mow the lawn and edge
  • Put away garden hoses
  • Pick up any items that may be laying around the yard
  • Cover dirt with mulch to make it look more attractive
  • Move cars out of the driveway
  • Sweep the porch and sidewalks
  • If you have outdoor furniture, wipe it down & make sure that the cushions look clean

Living Room

  • Remove any magazines
  • If bookshelves are in the room, organize and/or arrange the books in a nice pattern
  • Fluff pillows, fold throws and arrange neatly
  • Hide shoes, remotes, and any visable clutter


  • Clear the counters 
  • Hide the soaps, sponges and rags 
  • Get rid of extra small appliances that are sitting around, as well as stacks of paper or dishes that may be placed at the end of the counter
  • Clear the school notices, crayon drawings, and magnets off of the fridge

Family Room

  • Make sure to pick up any clutter and rearrange furniture to suit aesthetics versus use
  • It is a good idea to pay attention to the way the electronic cords are arranged, and try to move them to a place so that they are out of sight
  • Fluff pillows, fold throws and arrange neatly

Dining Room

  • Make sure the dining table is wiped down and the chairs are arranged neatly
  • You might consider adding a nice centerpiece on the table, such as bowl of fresh fruit or a floral arrangement.
  • Don’t leave any leftover plates, waterbottles or dishes on the table
  • Wipe the table, sweep the floor, and mop the floor to remove any marks



  • These rooms can attract a lot of clutter and personality 
  • Try to store away anything “loud” and put away sensitive personal items
  • Remove box fans & standup fans
  • You want the bed to look beautiful and inviting. Use a nice bedspread and big, fluffy pillows that are neatly arranged at the head of the bed
  • If anything is sitting on the nightstand, organize it or remove


  • Besides matching towels and/or shower curtain, EVERYTHING should be put away
  • In the shower and tub, remove the shampoo, soaps, washcloths, and baby toys
  • The garbage cans, bathmats, laundry baskets, extra toilet paper, the toilet brush, and scales should also be moved out of the room
  • Finish it off by closing the toilet, and hang fresh towels on the towel rails

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