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Preparing Your Home for Stunning Listing Photos: Tips for a Picture-Perfect Impression

Selling your home is a big step, and first impressions are crucial. One of the most powerful ways to capture a potential buyer’s attention is through striking listing photos. These photos can make or break a sale, so it’s essential to showcase your home in the best possible light. To help you get your house ready for those all-important listing photos, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide with tips and tricks to make your home shine.

1. Less is Better

When it comes to preparing your home for listing photos, remember the golden rule: less is more. Clear out unnecessary clutter and personal items. The goal is to create a clean, inviting space that allows potential buyers to visualize themselves living there. 

2. Showcase Your Floors

Great flooring can be a selling point for any home. To make your floors shine, remove small rugs that might obscure them. This allows potential buyers to see the quality and beauty of your flooring.

3. Opt for Neutral Paint Tones

While you might love vibrant and bold colors, it’s best to go with neutral paint tones when preparing for listing photos. Neutral colors create a clean, cohesive look and make it easier for buyers to imagine their own style in the space.

Room by Room Tips


The kitchen is often the most important feature to a buyer, so pay extra attention to this space. 

  • Remove all counter top appliances.
  • Refrigerator should be completely clear of any magnets, post-it’s, stickers.
  • Remove trashcan.
  • Remove all sponges, soap and dish washing related items.

Living Room

  • If living room has blankets, fold neatly or remove all together.
  • Freshen up the space with neutral throw pillows, neatly arranged.
  • Put away TV removes.
  • Turn TV off.


  • Make beds with neutral or white bedding if possible.
  • Hide away dirty laundry.
  • Fluff pillows.
  • Clean under beds so unwanted items don’t show.


  • In bathrooms, remove dirty towels, laundry bins, and all soap and hygiene products. 
  • Replace all hand towels with clean bright white towels.
  • Clear countertops of items (including toothbrushes, hair dryers, etc.).
  • Remove all trash cans
  • Clear everything from shower (shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc.)


  • Ensure the lawn is freshly cut, and plant some flowers to add curb appeal.
  • Fresh layer of mulch does wonders for curb appeal!
  • Clear the back deck and patio of any unnecessary clutter.
  • Hide trash cans either down the street or in the garage.
  • Close garage doors and remove cars from the driveway.

Day of tips:

  • Ensure your home is thoroughly cleaned before the photoshoot.
  • Turn on all interior lights and replace any burned-out bulbs.
  • Adjust blinds to let in natural light.
  • Turn all ceiling fans off.
  • Remove any pet items and be sure to remove pets from the home during the photoshoot.

In summary, preparing your home for listing photos is a vital step in the selling process. By following these tips and presenting your home in the best possible light, you increase your chances of attracting potential buyers and making a lasting impression. Happy selling! 🏡✨


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