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Prepare your home for perfect photos

Wed 23 Mar 2022

Prepare your home for perfect photos

These days, most buyers browse for properties online, on their computer or mobile device. They’re used to scrolling through online content at speed, so your property needs to catch their eye quickly. Most buyers make their mind up about a property within seconds, based on the main photo they see online. First impressions count.

Most estate agents (including Bothams) have photographers that they often work with, and they’ll generally book an appointment with them on your behalf. But that’s only half the job. Your task is to make sure your home is looking picture perfect in advance of their visit.

If you get the photos right it could mean attracting higher offers and getting a quicker sale. So it’s vital to prepare your home to make sure those all-important photos show it off in the best possible light.


Speaking of light, try and make sure the photographer comes over at a time of day when the house is shown in a good light. A bright sunny day is always best, if possible. If you are flexible about the timescale of your sale, for example if you’ve decided to move but perhaps not until next year, it can be a good idea to get your photos done in spring or summer, when the sky is blue and your garden (if you have one) is in full bloom. You can then hang on to your photos until you’re ready to put your house on the market. Great lighting and a splash of colour will immediately make your photos stand out against other drearier images. 


The exterior shot of the house is usually used as the main image on listing websites, so pull out all the stops to make it a good one. Move your car from the outside of the property, and remove any clutter such as bins. Clean your windows, mow the lawn if you have one, do any weeding and replace dead flowers and shrubs with fresh, colourful ones.

Reception rooms

  • Tidy and declutter
  • Moving furniture around could help your home look more spacious
  • Open all curtains and blinds
  • Add a vase of fresh flowers
  • Set your dining room table
  • Arrange cushions to look smart and tidy
  • Any toys, mugs, magazines, DVDs etc should be out of sight


  • Make the bed and choose clean, neutral bedding
  • Again, tidy up and declutter
  • All drawers and wardrobe doors should be shut


  • The kitchen should look as pristine as possible – make sure worktops are clear and move any tea towels or chopping boards
  • Stow away any bin reminders or children’s artwork that you might have taped to the fridge, and remove any fridge magnets
  • Move bins out of sight
  • Close your cupboard doors
  • Hide pet food bowls and beds
  • A full fruit bowl can add colour, and a single colour can look very effective in a modern kitchen, for example a bowl of oranges.


  • The bathroom should be clean, shiny and clutter-free - remove any shampoo collections, toothpaste etc.
  • Choose attractive towels in a colour that complements your bathroom and fold neatly
  • Remove the bin and toilet brush if you have one
  • Keep the toilet seat down!


Don’t forget the back garden. It should look neat and well-kept, so mow the lawn, weed the beds and remove toys, gardening equipment and other outdoor detritus. Add a couple of attractive plants in pots for extra colour and appeal.  

As a general rule of thumb, you should invest the same amount of time, care and attention, to preparing your home for photographs as you would for viewers/ potential buyers.

Thinking of making a move in 2022? Come and talk to the expert team at Bothams.