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Tips on taking the best photos when selling your home by owner



Selling a home is like entering a competition, buyers will always compare like for like on price and your photos could help win the deal.

No doubt that photos which are included on your listing at are one of the most important aspects to selling a property online. Your photos should serve to entice the potential buyer to look at your listing in more detail. Unfortunately, when we review our owner's listings we see some photos that could serve to put buyers off so it's important to get them right.

You want to show off the space, not what’s in it remember to appeal to wider audience don’t try and sell your personal style. Make sure your home is clean, and clear out distracting items like toys, refrigerator magnets and the like before taking photos. Too many ornaments, photos and stuff just hides what you are selling. Consider staging the house with flowers, to get the house appeal. Empty houses are harder to sell so consider furniture so the buyers can visualise how each room could be used for.

Top tips to help you get the most from your real estate photos  

Outside Photos

Choose the time of day when the front of the house is shown in a good natural light

  • Try to choose a clear, bright day
  • Remove any clutter from outside the property such as bins and hoses
  • Mow the lawn
  • Clean the windows 
  • Close garage doors
  • Remove cars from driveway and front of home
  • Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves)
  • Remove empty planters
  • Use broom to remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames
  • Remove visible water hoses
  • Remove toys, sports balls, basketball goals, soccer goals, etc.

Inside the property

  • Thoroughly clean whole house (vacuum carpet, mop hard floors, clean countertops, clean windows)
  • Turn all overhead lights and lamps ON
  • Replace all burned out light bulbs
  • Use bulbs of the same temperature (ALL incandescent or ALL compact fluorescent)
  • Turn all ceiling fans OFF
  • Turn all TVs OFF
  • Turn all computer screens OFF
  • Open blinds/window treatments to let in outside light
  • Remove personal photographs (or replace with general landscape/object photographs)
  • Make all beds
  • Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring
  • Place all shoes/jackets in closets
  • Remove scruffy throws from sofas
  • Arrange cushions to look smart and tidy
  • Set dining room tables
  • Remove rugs, especially where you have wooden or tiled floors
  • Move out sight children’s toys or piles of magazines, DVDs etc should be out of sight

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
  • 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
  • Make bed, including decorative pillows/shams if available
  • Press bed linens and bed skirts
  • Clear nightstands of all personal items
  • Store away phone/tablet charging cables
  • Remove all clutter from top of dressers
  • Remove family photos from walls
  • Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos


Clear all worktops 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
  • Hide recycling rubbish and garbage bins
  • Close all cupboard doors 
  • Remove dishes from sink, place in dishwasher


  • Keep the toilet lid down
  • Remove clutter like shower gels and toothbrushes
  • Close the shower curtain
  • Remove toilet paper from its holder
  • Any towels should be neatly arranged and folded and chosen to compliment the room
  • Clear countertops completely.
  • No soap, toothbrushes, medications, deodorant, etc.
  • Put toilet seats down
  • Close closet doors
  • Remove shampoo, soap, loofahs, etc. from showers and tubs
  • Remove dirty towels - leave out only new, unused towels
  • Remove floor mats


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