Tour Preparation

Getting setup and ready for your Professional Property Photography is very important when marketing properties online. Preparing for the photo shoot is of utmost importance. Preparation should take place prior to the arrival of the photographer, while the photographer will normally move or adjust a few items if needed, we have a schedule to keep, arriving at a property that is ready to shoot is greatly appreciated. There are potentially hundreds of people that will view the listing online. Remember that a photo and virtual tour will filter out many home shoppers, so doing a great job on the first pass will certainly pay off in the end.

Real Estate Photography Preparedness Suggestions:


  • Spruce up your garden and lawn; trim shrubbery if necessary.
  • Yard and patio should be neat; outdoor furniture should be in good shape.
  • Mow the lawn; make sure the driveway & entryway are free of clutter (toys, bikes, cars, etc.)
  • If trash cans are in view, please move them to the garage or store out of site along with any hoses.

Living Areas:

  • Remove all clutter and tidy up the shelves. Put extra "stuff" away. Furniture should be dusted.
  • Move excess furniture out of rooms. You want the space clean, open, and clutter-free (dog crates, tray tables, etc.).
  • Replace burnt out light bulbs (the photographer will need light in most rooms).
  • Clean windows and patio doors.


  • Clean off kitchen counters; remove any clutter.
  • Make sure dirty/clean dishes are out of the sink & put away.
  • Empty the garbage can or hide in garage.


  • Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored away.
  • Close toilet lid and empty the garbage.
  • Clean mirrors & glass surfaces.
  • Hang towels neatly from towel bar.


  • Check the basics around the house (indoors & out). It takes just a minute to make sure the house is clutter-free and all is in order.
  • Turn on as many lights as you can when the photographer arrives. All ceiling fans should be off and clean.
  • Bulbs in a multi light fixture should be the color of light. 
  • If there are rooms that have excessive decorations/furnishings, please remove as much excess as possible.
  • Magazines, literature, etc. If you have places in the home that have reading material or other similar items please put them away.
  • On occasion a home will have a few things that need to be repaired or touched up, now would be a good time to consider taking care of those things.
  • Try not to be in the room the photographer is photographing as you may end up in the photo.

The photographer cannot:

  • Move furniture
  • Clean or dust
  • Move garbage
  • Pick up/move clutter (toys, dirty dishes, dog toys, etc.)

These will be high quality images and things you might not consider will be seen. Look at the home as if you were buying it with "Fresh Eyes". If you see it then the Camera and potential buyers could see it also.

The home MUST be ready for the photographer when he/she arrives. Upon arrival our photographers can wait no longer than 10 minutes for additional home preparations. If a wait longer than this must happen we will have to move on to our next scheduled appointment and the photography will be rescheduled. If this happens a rescheduling fee of $20.00 will apply.

Download the Virtual Tour Prep Checklist

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us by phone or e-mail.

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