Preparing your house for the photographer might seem like hard work, but it’s worth it the effort.

Why? Because first impressions count.

Preparing a home for photography

When buyers are looking at properties online or in estate agent’s windows, their first impression is made in less than three seconds.

That’s why having the best photographs of your home is so important. Get the photos right and it could mean more viewings, higher offers and a quicker sale.

Preparing your house for the photographer might seem like hard work, but it’s an essential part of marketing a property.

The whole exercise is to promote the idea that the property is cared for, and by doing these things people will have a positive image of the property and be thinking of themselves and their furnishings in the home, rather than be leaving with a negative feeling and discussing the mess in the bathroom or the heap of rubbish in the garden. The key phrase throughout for the majority of properties is ‘Minimalist is Best’ & ‘Less is More’.

Getting the outside right

  • Move any vehicles from the outside of the property
  • Remove any clutter from outside the property such as bins and hoses
  • Mow the lawn
  • Clean the windows

Reception rooms

  • Remove throws from sofas
  • Arrange cushions to look smart and tidy
  • Set dining room tables
  • Remove rugs and mats, especially where you have wooden or tiled floors
  • Any children’s toys or piles of magazines, DVDs etc should be out of sight
  • Hide remote controls, and tuck cables out of sight where possible.

Set the scene inside

  • Moving furniture around may help to make a room look more spacious
  • Make sure your home is well lit, and replace any light bulbs that have gone out
  • Open all curtains and blinds fully
  • Fresh flowers help to breathe life into a property


  • Make the bed and choose bed clothes that compliment the room
  • Anything stored under the bed should be completely out of sight
  • All drawers and wardrobe doors should be shut
  • Remove anything stored on top of wardrobes
  • Remove clothes and gowns from the back of doors


  • Clear all work tops and make sure there are no tea towels or chopping boards on show
  • Move bins out of sight
  • Clear away appliances
  • Close all cupboards
  • Hide all fridge magnets
  • Clear the sink (no dirty dishes!)
  • If you have pets, hide their food bowls and beds
  • A full, fresh fruit bowl can add a flash of colour


  • Keep the toilet lid down
  • Remove clutter like shower gels, soaps and tooth brushes
  • Remove toilet paper from its holder
  • Any towels should be neatly arranged and folded, and chosen to compliment the room


When the photographer arrives, turn on all lights, lamps and kitchen underlighters if you have them. This helps create a warm, welcoming ambience.

Any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us.