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15 Ways to get your Next Listing Ready for Professional Photography

Getting a residential real estate listing ready for professional photography is essential in today’s competitive market. The photos that showcase your property are often the first impression potential buyers have, and they can make how much attention your listing gets with potential buyers. In Denver, Colorado, where real estate is booming, you want your photos to stand out and grab people's attention. Here are 15 tips for getting your residential real estate listing ready for professional photography.



  1. Clean and Declutter: The first and most important step is to clean and declutter your property. Remove any unnecessary clutter and personal items, and make sure the space is clean and tidy. This helps to create a blank canvas for potential buyers to envision themselves living in the space.

  2. Staging: Staging is an essential part of preparing a property for photography. Hire a professional stager to create a welcoming and inviting space. Staged homes sell faster and for higher prices than empty or cluttered ones.

  3. Outdoor Spaces: Don’t forget about your outdoor spaces! Make sure they are clean, tidy, and well-maintained. This includes your front and back yards, patios, decks, and any other outdoor spaces.

  4. Lighting: Proper lighting is essential for good photography. Make sure all of the light bulbs in the property are working and replace any that are burnt out. Open up window treatments to let in as much natural light as possible so the photographs can capture those amazing views!

  5. Paint: A fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference. Consider repainting any rooms that are showing wear and tear or that are painted with bright or bold colors. Neutral is key for allowing buyers to envision their ideas for your home.

  6. Repairs: Fix any minor repairs or issues, such as drywall holes, uneven cabinets and issues with flooring. These small issues can be distracting and turn off potential buyers.

  7. Curb Appeal: Make sure the exterior of your property is well-maintained and inviting, especially at the front of the home. This includes landscaping, exterior painting, and any necessary repairs.

  8. Kitchen and Bathrooms: Kitchens and bathrooms sell homes. Make sure these spaces are clean, tidy, and well-maintained. Clear off all countertops and make sure the sinks, tubs, and toilets are spotless. On the day of the shoot, put all the toilet seats down and make sure the bathrooms are organized and tidy!

  9. Pets: Pets can be distracting for photographers. If possible, arrange for your pets to be out of the property during photography and showings. Might not hurt to try and get as much hair removed as possible as well.

  10. Personal Items: Remove any personal items such as family photos, diplomas, and other personal memorabilia. These can be distracting and prevent potential buyers from envisioning themselves living in the space.

  11. Furniture Placement: Arrange furniture in a way that makes the space feel open and inviting. Avoid blocking windows or doorways and make sure the flow of the space makes sense. This can be done ahead of time with a stager or your listing agent.

  12. Rearrange Art and Decor: Reposition artwork and decor to create a cohesive and inviting feel. Keep things simple and avoid cluttered or overwhelming decor. Simple is almost always better!

  13. Deep Clean: A deep clean is essential for preparing a property for photography. Hire a professional cleaning service to deep clean the property, including carpets, windows, and surfaces. This cleaning would preferably happen within 24-48 hours of the photo shoot.

  14. Take Some Time Away: If you've done the proper prep for the photographer then your job is done! Get out of the house and let them work their magic without having to worry about getting you in their shots or asking about their equipment lol!

  15. Be Prepared: Make sure you are prepared for the photographer’s arrival. Have all lights on, all window treatments open, and all personal items removed from the property.




Preparing a residential real estate listing for professional photography can seem overwhelming, but with these tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating a stunning listing that will attract potential buyers. Don’t skimp on the details, and remember that a little effort can go a long way in creating a welcoming and inviting space. Loodle Lens is always happy to chat about how you can best prepare your home for listing so don't hesitate to contact us today!

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