Phoenix Real Estate Photography Tips

Az-home-270x250One of the most important steps to marketing Phoenix homes for sale are the pictures your real estate agent will have taken once you decide to sell your home. Your agent will then put the home pictures up on the MLS and online real estate sites. Your real estate agent or photographer will then set up a time to come and take pictures of your home for sale. First impressions are important, and the first place Phoenix area home buyers and real estate agents will see your home is online either in the agents multiple listing service or on an online real estate site. Please have your home ready at the time of the photography appointment.

When you are getting ready to sell your Phoenix home, here are some tips to get your house ready for sale. This will help for good home pictures and showings to show your home in it’s best light

General tips.

  • Clean the whole house, de-clutter
  • Turn all lights and lamps ON
  • Replace all burned out light bulbs, use same type of bulbs
  • Turn all ceiling fans OFF
  • Turn all TVs and computers OFF.
  • Open blinds/window treatments to let in outside light
  • Remove personal photographs
  • Make all beds
  • Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring
  • Use closets to store misc.items
  • Remove, change items that will not stay.

Front Exterior

  • Close garage doors
  • Remove cars from driveway and front of home
  • Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves)
  • Remove empty planters
  • Remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames
  • Remove visible water hoses
  • Remove toys, sports balls, basketball goals, soccer goals, etc.

Back, side yards.

  • Clean porch, tidy up outdoor tables/chairs/cushions
  • Pillows/cushions should be fresh, not faded
  • Clear out kid’s toys, balls, frisbees, etc.
  • Clean pool
  • Remove pool vacuum/cleaner hose
  • Hide pool cleaning supplies
  • Turn on pool fountains/water features
  • Remove visible water hoses
  • Remove trash cans


  • Clear countertops completely. No knife blocks, baking supplies, mail, etc.
  • Leave out max of one small appliance (ex. coffee maker)
  • Clear outside of refrigerator of magnets, papers, photos, etc.
  • Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet
  • Remove dishes from sink, place in dishwasher

Dining room

  • Clean, dust polish table.
  • Set table as if company is coming.
  • Push in chairs evenly
  • Remove childrens chairs

Living room.

  • Remove stacks of magazines, papers, mail, etc.
  • De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth (no more than 5 items, including art)
  • Clean interior of fireplace and re-paint if needed
  • Fluff and arrange furniture pillows
  • Remove kid’s toys

Master bedroom.

  • 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

Guest, kids bedrooms.

  • Remove personalized names from walls
  • Remove wall stickers/posters
  • Remove diaper genies
  • Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos


  • 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


  • Place food and water bowls in pantry or closet
  • Place pet beds/toys in pantry or closet
  • Use lint roller on furniture to remove pet hair
  • Contain pets in hidden crate or outside
  • Clear back yard of pet waste/toys