Prepare your property for photography

Preparing your property for photography

Whether you’re renting out your home or listing for sale it should be presented in the best possible light and to do so we recommended that you use a professional photographer.

Below is a guide to preparing your property for photography, if you are renting out a property, particularly if it is unfurnished, some of the listed points will not apply.


  • Declutter as much as possible. Put away toys, clothing, dishes, towels, shoes etc.
  • Do a general clean and tidy-up.
  • Make all the beds, fluff all the pillows, and check the bed skirts.
  • Clean the kitchen sink and put away all the dishes.
  • Clear all kitchen bench tops.
  • Clear all bathroom counter tops and put away all personal items.
  • Remove all shampoos, conditioners, body-washes, etc. from the shower.
  • Straighten towels on towel racks.
  • Put away bath mats.
  • Hide all rubbish bins.
  • Remove all magnets and decorations from the fridge.
  • If there are pets, hide all food/water bowls, pet beds, and pet toys.
  • Put all toilet seats and lids down.
  • Replace light bulbs that are not working.
  • Consider putting out vases of fresh flowers.
  • Tidy bookshelves.
  • Straighten scatter cushions.
  • Tidy electrical cords.
  • Check for items under beds and furniture that may show in photos.
  • Put away tv remotes.


  • Have the lawn trimmed, leaves raked, bushes and trees pruned, weeds removed.
  • Put away all rubbish bins, hoses, garden tools, toys, bikes etc.
  • Remove pool covers and ensure the pool is clean.
  • Pack away pool equipment including the pool vacuum.
  • Replace light bulbs that are not working.
  • Clean up after any animal.
  • Remove visible junk mail from the letter box.

Before the Photographer Arrives

  • Turn on all interior lights.
  • Open all blinds and curtains.
  • Clear all cars and vehicles from the driveway and the street in front of the home.
  • Close garage doors.