How to Prepare Your Home for Home Staging and Real Estate Photography


You’ve done it. You’re ready to sell your home and move on to the next stage of life. But there’s just one small problem: It’s not exactly ready for prime time yet. You need to do some staging! If you’re not familiar with the term, here’s what it means: Staging is any kind of work you do on your home before photographing or showing it off publicly in order to make it look its absolute best. Staging doesn’t just mean putting a few throw pillows on your couch (although that would be super helpful). Instead, staging is about improving upon what already works well—and hiding anything else that might detract from how great your house looks in its current state. So if you’re thinking about selling your place soon but haven’t had time/money/opportunity/whatever to spruce up before getting an agent involved…read on! Here are some easy ways for anyone with minimal DIY skills or budget constraints can get started with their own home-staging project today!

Wipe down all surfaces

When you’re preparing your home for a photographer, it’s important to wipe down all surfaces – this includes walls, cabinets, fixtures and furniture. Use a good quality all-purpose cleaner that will leave your home smelling fresh and clean.

Wipe down the floors as well. This might seem like an obvious step, but there are two reasons why it’s necessary: firstly, because dust particles can negatively affect the appearance of your photos; secondly, because dusty floors may be an indication of poor air circulation or ventilation in your house – which could impact potential buyers’ decision-making process when they see these photographs online later on (and we all know how much people love their air ducts).

Of course if you don’t have time to clean every room in your house before staging it for real estate photography purposes (and who does?), then focus on those rooms that are more likely to be photographed such as living rooms and kitchens.

Clean floors

Cleaning your floors is a must to ensure that your home shows well. You want to make sure that they are clean and free of dirt, scuffs, stains and other marks of wear. If you have hardwood floors, you should sweep or vacuum them first and then use a damp mop to wipe down the floor. For tile and other stone surfaces, use a damp cloth with mild soap and water.

Clean windows, inside and out (including window frames)

There are a few basic things you need to do before you start photographing your home. One of these is cleaning your windows, inside and out.

  • Clean all window panes with a squeegee or newspaper folded in half (or whatever you’ve got on hand). This will make sure they’re as clear as possible when the photographer takes pictures. If there’s too much water on them, the photographs won’t look great!
  • You’ll also want to clean any windowsills, frames and sills (the wood around the frame) so they don’t distract from a beautiful view outside.

Clean mirrors and glass

The first step to cleaning a mirror or glass is to use a glass cleaner. This will help remove any fingerprints or smudges that may be on the surface. Next, you should wipe down the mirror/glass with a microfiber cloth and squeegee if it’s a mirror. Microfiber cloths work great at removing dirt, dust, and grime from surfaces because they have such fine fibers that allow them to pick up anything they come into contact with—even microscopic particles. Finally, you can use your vacuum cleaner if there is still something left behind after washing with soap and water (like smoke residue).

Organize closets so that the empty space is visible.

The most important thing to do is to organize your closets. You want to make sure that the empty space is visible and obvious, so you don’t want clothes and shoes hanging all over the place.

If you have a lot of clothing, organize it by color or type. For example, if you have jeans and slacks, hang them on hangers in one section of your closet; if you have sweaters and blouses, hang them in another section; if you have skirts and dresses, put those in another section. If there are any items that don’t fit into any of these categories (like men’s underwear), keep those separate from everything else as well.

If it’s easier for you to see what’s inside each bin when they’re labeled with letters or numbers instead of having everything mixed together alphabetically or chronologically (or however else), feel free to label each bin individually with whatever makes sense for its contents—just make sure not too many different things get placed into any one bin!

Take down curtains or valances to show window size and bring in more light.

If you have curtains or valances on your windows, take them down. If you have blinds, open them evenly for maximum effect. You want to show off the size of your windows and make sure light is hitting all sides of each room so it looks larger than it is.

Remove photos and personal items such as diplomas, collections, trophies, and awards.

Removing photos and personal items such as diplomas, collections, trophies, and awards will help the buyers imagine their own things in your home.

If you want to keep a photo of your family or pets, consider removing it from the wall and putting it in an album or frame.

Good photography is an important part of marketing your home for sale

Good photography is an important part of marketing your home for sale. It’s a key factor in helping buyers see the home as their own. Great photos can also help them visualize how they would use the space, which can be especially helpful if you’re trying to sell luxury homes or high-end properties.

While you may not have the budget to hire professional photographers, there are some things that you can do as a homeowner to create better photos for all types of real estate photography projects:


We hope this article has helped you get your home ready for staging and real estate photography! We know that it can feel overwhelming to have strangers in your home, but we’re here to help sell your property and make sure that everything looks its best.

Published by Sarah Ness

Based in Rochester, Minnesota, Nesst Companies is owned and operated by Sarah Ness, M.B.A. Not only does Sarah have experience staging residential homes, she works closely with local and national facility design and furnishing companies for the public sector in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota and has a successful track record of selling and staging luxury senior apartment homes. With experience from first time home buying to downsizing, Nesst Companies provides a wealth of knowledge and value to clients no matter where they are in their home buying and selling journey. Strengths Finder: Maximizer. Achiever. Communication. Woo. Activator.

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