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how to prepare your property for photography

Published: 09/12/2022

A property search starts online, and the average time someone spends on a Rightmove listing is 1.7 seconds. That's how fast people swipe past properties that don't grab their attention. At that first stage, it has nothing to do with nicely worded descriptions and everything to do with good photography. Images must inspire someone to move their lives and families into making your property their home.
We believe bringing a property to market with creative, beautiful, and inspiring images is essential. Our photographs and videos don't just show space; they bring a space to life with original compositions and moods. We feel our photographers are best in class with their unique styles, setting them apart by miles.

Here are some valuable tips on how to prepare your property for photography to make sure your property appeals to the broadest possible audience:


  • Remove laundry baskets, fans, heaters, bins
  • Clear surfaces of clothes, shoes, medication, and general clutter 
  • Clean and declutter bedside tables 
  • Turn on bedside lamps 
  • Make beds neatly with cushions plumped
  • Blinds and curtains open and straightened to let in as much external light as possible

If any room should come across as minimal in photos, it's the kitchen.

  • Remove all washing-up paraphernalia 
  • Polish and wipe down appliances such as ovens, microwaves, and hobs
  • Declutter the work surfaces and ensure bins, brooms, mops, ironing boards, and pet products are out of view 
  • Remove fridge magnets, children's 'stunning' artwork, and any other out-of-place items 
  • Tea towels, aprons, and any laundry should be hidden
Living and Dining Rooms:

A property picture's goal is to promote the illusion of space, especially in living and dining rooms.

  • Let in as much light as possible
  • Remove any pieces of decor that make the room appear smaller
  • Hide television remotes and electronic devices, cables, and children's toys
  • Open blinds and curtains, making sure they are straight 
  • Turn on lamps, sidelights, and spotlights 
  • Plump cushions and arrange throws decoratively
  • Arrange magazines and books in neat piles making certain bindings match up. 
  • A quick hoover and a mop always helps
  • Clean windows in and out 
  • Place fresh flowers and indoor plants as they elevate a space
Bathroom and shower rooms:

  • Clear away toothbrushes, soaps, shower gels, and other unsightly items
  • Put the loo seat down and remove toilet brushes, loo rolls, mats, and scales
  • Fluffy towels work if they're matching and neatly folded nicely over a towel rail
Check out our outstanding property imagery on @circalondon and call us to discuss your property - we are a leading central London Estate Agents.
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