Photography and Virtual Tour Preparation

Getting setup and ready for your interactive 360° virtual tour is very important when marketing properties for sale online. Remember that a 360° virtual tour will filter out many home shoppers and unnecessary cleanups, so doing a great job on the first pass will certainly pay off in the end.

Staged Living Room

Photography and Virtual Tour Preparedness Suggestions


– Spruce up your garden and lawn; trim shrubbery if necessary.

– Yard and patio should be neat; outdoor furniture should be in good shape.

– Mow the lawn; make sure the driveway & entryway are free of clutter (toys, bikes, etc.)

– Winter – keep the sidewalks cleared of snow.

Living Areas:

– Remove clutter and tidy up the shelves.

– Move excess furniture out of rooms. You want the space clean, open, and clutter-free (dog crates, tray tables, etc.).

– Replace burnt out light bulbs (the photographer will need light in most rooms).


– Clean off kitchen counters; remove any clutter.

– Make sure dirty/clean dishes are out of the sink & put away.

– Empty the garbage can.


– Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored away.

– Close toilet lid and empty the garbage.

– Clean mirrors & glass surfaces.

– Hang towels neatly from towel bar.


– Check the basics around the house (indoors & out). It takes just a minute to make sure the house is clutter-free and all is in order.

– Turn on as many lights as you can when the photographer arrives.

– Try not to be in the room the photographer is photographing as you may end up in the photo.

The photographer cannot:

– Clean or dust

– Move furniture or decor items

– Pick up/move clutter (toys, dirty dishes, dog toys, etc.)

– Move garbage

The home MUST be ready for the photographer when he/she arrives. Upon arrival, our photographers can wait no longer than 5 minutes for additional home preparations. If a wait longer than this must happen, we will have to move on to our next scheduled appointment and the virtual tour will be rescheduled. If this happens, a rescheduling fee of $50.00 will apply.

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Photography will tell the true story of your listing. What story do you want to tell?

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