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Checklist Before You Take Real Estate Listing Photos

Things to remember prior to listing photos being taken


  • Trim lawn, bushes, yard cleanup – don’t display seasonal decoration.
  • Power wash siding and walkways if needed.
  • Put all trash cans, toys, etc in garage or shed.
  • Park cars inside the garage or far enough away to remove them from photos.
  • Close doors and windows.


  • Remove personal items and photos – plan to store anything of value.
  • Clean and declutter – kitchen and bathroom counters should be as empty and open as possible. Hide the items you use frequently in cabinets or closets.
  • Evidence of pets – like beds and dishes – should be removed.
  • Carpets should be professionally cleaned if needed.
  • Beds made.
  • Closets can be used to store things for photos, but remember people will open cabinets and closets during showings, so getting things organized prior to listing is always a good idea. Yard sale, donate or throw away things that you will not be moving to your new home.
  • Turn off all ceiling fans and turn on all lights – replace any bulbs that need replacing.

Your listing photos are your first impression – make a good first impression!