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Real Estate Photography - 5 Tips to Prepare before the Photo Shoot

You just hired me as your Realtor to market your Spring Hill home for sale and we are now scheduling a time for the photos of your home to be taken.

Remember these photos will be used in all the marketing materials that may include postcards and flyers, as well as the multiple listing service and a multitude of internet sites. These photos will be the first impressions that prospective buyers will have of your home before they decide whether they will make a real life appointment. 

Here are some tips in five areas to prepare ahead of time to ensure your home will be showcased from its best side:

1. General Preparation: this includes a good cleaning of the home including

  • vaccuuming of carpets,
  • mopping of hard floors,
  • dusting fan blades and base boards,
  • cleaning windows,
  • removing dirty dishes to name just a few. 


Real Estate Photography Preparing for Photos by Silvia Dukes


2. Remove Personal and other Excess Items: 

  • Put away jackets, shoes and other clothing,
  • remove most personal photos and knick knacks,
  • remove holiday decorations that you may have so the photos won't be dated by a particular season,
  • remove kitchen refrigerators,
  • hide garbage cans,
  • clear countertops in kitchen and baths, and so on.


3. Spruce Up if Needed: 

  • Open blinds and window treatments,
  • replace burned out light bulbs,
  • use decorative place settings and pillows,
  • feature a center piece on the dining room table,
  • make all beds,
  • organize/declutter bathrooms and place decorative towels. 


4.  Kids and Pets:

  • Store toys away in toy boxes or on shelves,
  • hide food and water bowls,
  • hide pet crates, beds, and litter boxes,
  • keep pets out of the way during the photo shoot


Real Estate Photography Preparation Photo by Silvia Dukes


5.  Exterior:  

  • Close the garage doors,
  • hide trash cans,
  • roll up/hide water hoses, 
  • clean entry area, lanais, porches, terraces of spider webs and leaves, 
  • clean pool area and pool and turn on water features if y ou have them,
  • arrange outdoor furniture
  • remove cars from drive ways during the photo shoot. 


As with everything, a little preparation can go a long way not only for the photo session itself.  Buyers love clean homes that appear loved and well maintained and all of these preparations will convey that. 

There will be many photos taken of your home during this session, at a minimum all rooms from all angles, sometimes with different cameras or lenses, in addition to special features. 

And while photos sometimes can be touched up to an extent, for example, to take out an unnoticed item on an otherwise uniform surface or background, it may not be perfect and may require a repeat photo session.  It will be simpler to take care of issues that may distract from your home before the photos are taken.  


If you are interested in finding out more about marketing your Spring Hill, Hernando Beach, or Brooksville home for sale, please contact me by email or call 352-584-7441. 






 For more information about Hernando County Homes and Land for sale including Spring Hill and the communities of Timber Pines, Glen Lakes Golf and Country Club, Silverthorn, and Hernando Beach , please call or visit my website!

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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate

Tropic Shores Realty, 3441 Deltona Blvd, Spring Hill, FL 34606

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Good evening Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES ,

Excellent post on tips before your photo shoot when selling your home! Thank you for sharing!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 1 year ago

A home needs to be  show ready for photo's if you espect them to look good

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 1 year ago

Yes, yes, yes to all your tips, Silvia Dukes!  I just ended a listing where seller would not follow my tips (your tips!).  A home that is cluttered and dirty will not impress buyers.

Posted by Sonja Patterson, Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou (Keller Williams - BV) over 1 year ago

Silvia excellent advice and it does not matter if you are taking the pictures or a professional same advice holds true... even like to have the same advice when showing the home to a buyer:)Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 1 year ago

Great tips Silvia.  Sellers have no right to complain about the clutter in their listing photos if they don't help out to allow great shots.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 1 year ago

Sylvia this are excellent tips.  All of them are easy to do, but can make a HUGE difference in how a house shows and the offers it receives.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 1 year ago

This is excellent advice to share!

Have a most productive month.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 1 year ago

We have a listing that goes live this afternoon. The seller has worked her tail off to get it ready for this moment. It's such a pleasure to work with people who understand the importance of first impressions. D 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 1 year ago

Dorie Dillard thank you, a clean house shows better in person and in photos. 

William Feela Exactly. Thanks for stopping in.

Sonja Patterson very true and in the end, it will sell at a lower price. 

Endre Barath, Jr. thanks, that is a good point!



Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 1 year ago

Gabe Sanders some sellers may be a little surprised to see what the camera reveals that the eye glances over. 

George Souto thank you, these are all fairly basic and no cost suggestions. 

Roy Kelley thank you and you too!

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD very true, good luck with your new listings, sounds like you are off to a great start!


Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 1 year ago


Your tips on preparing for a real estate photo shoot is right on point.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 1 year ago

Good mornng, Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES the bottom line is to "stage" before shooting those photos....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 1 year ago

Barbara Todaro thank you for your comment.  I agree, presentation matters!

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 1 year ago

Thanks for sharing great tips. Preparing is the important factor in creating the best real estate photography

Posted by Amy Quinns, Beat Color - the leading real estate photo editing (Beat Color) 12 months ago

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