The more attention your listing gets, the higher price your property will command, so it's essential you take time to prepare your property for photographs. At the very least, the whole environment should be clean and tidy with no distractions. "Too empty" is better than "too cluttered" every time. To ensure your property listing has the best images, and attracts the most attention, follow these guidelines. 

Driveways should be clear of vehicles
Hide your bins until the photos are done
Bicycles and toys should be hidden
Weeds, litter and other distractions should be removed
Ideally, gutters and roofing should be clear of moss and weeds

Declutter as much as possible
Lights should be on, and bins should be hidden
Hide any personal or valuable items such as jewellery, clothing, photos
Pets and pet paraphernalia should be removed
Clean mirrors and windows

Hide dishes, bins, soap, etc.  
No magnets or decorations on the fridge
Surfaces should be clean and clear
With few exceptions, the kitchen should essentially be empty

Clutter-free surfaces
Fresh flowers or a large candle can make a nice centerpiece

Clean surfaces, mirrors, sink, taps, etc.
Hide away soap, shampoo, toilet paper, etc.
Close toilet lids

Beds should be made, and clothes should be hidden

Typically, a photographer takes around one hour to shoot a property for a real estate listing. Vacating the home during this time is most helpful. 

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