Real estate photo staging - staging your home for great real estate photos

Photos will probably be the first impression for your real estate listing. One of the best investments you can make is a little time to make your property more photogenic. Follow the real estate photo staging tips below to get the most out of your real estate photos. Or, if you prefer, contact us and we’ll arrange professional staging for you.

Before the photographer arrives:


  • real estate photo stagingRemove clutter
  • Replace burned out light bulbs
  • Put all jackets and coats in closets
  • Remove clothes from doorknobs, wall hangers, etc
  • Remove seasonal/holiday decorations

In the kitchen

  • Clear counters
  • Remove magnets, papers, etc from refrigerator
  • Clear dishes from sink
  • Remove/hide trash cans
  • Straighten dining chairs
  • Remove child seats/boosters

Bonus points: bowl with fresh fruit, vase of flowers

In the bathrooms

  • Clear countertops of toiletries, medications, etc
  • Close toilet seats
  • Remove shampoo, soap, sponges, etc from bathtubs and showers
  • Make sure towels are clean and new-looking
  • Replace toilet paper with new rolls
  • Remove floor mats
  • Remove toilet brush
  • Remove trash cans
  • Clean mirrors

Bonus points: vase of fresh flowers

In the bedrooms

  • property stagingMake all beds – use bedspread sets if you have them
  • Arrange pillows
  • Remove TV remotes, tissues boxes, etc
  • Remove anything under beds that may show up in pictures


  • Remove or hide beds, toys, litter boxes, etc
  • Clear outdoor areas of pet waste and toys


  • Put away toys, bikes, etc
  • Remove cars from driveway and front of house
  • Mow grass, trim shrubbery, etc
  • Remove empty planters, hoses
  • Remove/hide trash cans
  • Clean and straighten outdoor furniture
  • Remove pool hose/vacuum
  • Turn on water features like fountains

When the photographer arrives:

  • Turn on all lights and lamps
  • Open all blinds/shades/curtains
  • Turn off ceiling fans
  • Turn off TVs
  • Keep pets out of sight
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