Prep Listing for Photoshoot

How to Prep Your Listing For a Video and Photoshoot

The pictures and video of your listing make a huge impact on how quickly the listing gets sold. Great pictures can help buyers imagine themselves and their family in the home, making them even more excited to view the home in person and make an offer. Even if your property is neat and clean, there are still several things you can do to ensure the shoot goes smoothly and your pictures and videos look awesome. Let’s take a look at a few ways you can prepare your listing for a video and photoshoot.


Prep Your Clients

There’s only so much you, as an agent, can do to ready the house for a photoshoot. The best thing to do is to educate your clients on what they can do to make the most impact. 

  • Have your clients clear any and all clutter. Since photos won’t be taken in most closets or the garage, your clients can put extra items in those spaces to make it quick and easy
  • Make sure the landscaping is updated. The lawn should be freshly mowed, and toys should be cleared out of the yard. 
  • Remove super personal items, such as family picture galleries, wedding photos, etc. This helps buyers picture themselves in the house instead. 
  • On the day of the shoot, make sure pets are kennelled where they won’t be in photos. 


Prep The House

To make the process easier for everyone, there are a few things you can do to get the house ready on the day of the shoot:

  • Make sure the house has electricity, and turn on all the lights. Bonus: Make sure all the bulbs are working and of the same color.
  • Open all the blinds
  • Close shower curtains and toilet lids
  • Move all cars out from in front of the house. Be sure to park at least 1 house down or pull into the garage and close the door.  
  • Move outdoor trash cans to the back yard or into the garage for the shoot
  • Turn off the ceiling fans
  • Remove things from the kitchen and bathroom counters. Bonus: Move all trash cans out of the kitchen and bathrooms


A lot of times, clients get used to having items on the counters, mail on the desk, and laundry on top of the washing machine, and don’t really notice how cluttered and messy that can look in photos. This can make even a large house feel really small. So to really emphasize the space, keep every room as clear as possible. 


It is also most ideal to have your clients leave before the shoot to follow CDC guidelines regarding COVID19 safety. 


Some things to consider if you think your listing needs a little something extra:

  • Pressure wash driveways, sidewalks, siding/bricks of the home, and decks/patios.
  • Remove any outdoor signs or flags from the front of the home. 
  • Agents should be sure their sign is not placed until after the photos are finished. 


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