In the classic movie (and later musical) Sunset Boulevard, the main character famously said, “I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille.”

That’s actually a good mindset to be in when preparing your home for photography. You want to make sure your property looks great for the camera. And, these days, potential buyers will zoom in on details (the close up) when viewing photos online.

Here are some tips that will help:

• Clear away anything that may be distracting. Those can include personal items (like family photos), excess furniture and accessories, and especially, clutter.

• Clean and tidy the entire house. Pay particular attention to bathrooms and the kitchen, as these rooms can make or break a sale.

• Make as much natural light available as possible. Natural light is often ideal in real estate photography. Make sure window coverings and blinds can be easily opened. If the natural light is too overwhelming in an area, the photographer can make adjustments.

• Stage key rooms strategically so they look their best in photos. Pay particular attention to the living room, family room, and kitchen. Consider such finishing touches as fresh flowers, a decorative bowl of fruit, or some new throw pillows to add pops of color and interest to your home.

Finally, take some test photos of your own with your digital camera or phone. That will help you identify any further changes you can make before the photographer arrives.