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Preparing Your Home for Listing Photos

First Impressions Count!


• Thoroughly clean the whole house (vacuum carpet, mop hard-surface floors, clean counter tops)​.

• Clean windows and all mirrors.

• Turn on all interior lighting. Make sure bulbs are same type and replace all burnt out bulbs.

• Turn all ceiling fans OFF.

• Turn all TVs OFF.

• Turn all computer screens OFF.

• Open all blinds & window treatments.

• Remove personal photographs (or replace with general art if possible).

• Make all beds and fluff the pillows. Every wrinkle will show in the photos.

• Remove small floor rugs in kitchen, bathroom and by front & back doors to reveal the flooring.

• Place all clothing items in closets.

• De-clutter rooms that may be excessively furnished. Clutter makes rooms look smaller. 


• Close garage doors.

• Remove cars from driveway and in front of home.

• Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves).

• Remove visible water hoses and garden tools.

• Remove toys, sports balls, basketball goals, soccer goals, etc.

• Clean porch, tidy up outdoor tables, chairs, cushions, etc.

• Remove all children’s toys.

• Clean swimming pool, fountains etc.

• Hide all trash cans.


• Clear counter tops completely. No baking supplies, dish soap, mail, sponges etc.

• CLEAN WINDOWS & ALL SHINY SURFACES including all appliances.

• You can leave out one or two small appliances e.g. a coffee maker.

• Remove magnets, papers, photos, etc. from refrigerator.

• Hide garbage/trash cans.


• Clear table, dust and polish the table top.

• Use decorative place setting if available.

• Feature one center piece such as a bouquet of flowers.

• Straighten all chairs and space them evenly.


• Remove stacks of magazines, papers, mail, etc.

• De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth.

• Clean interior of fireplace.

• Fluff and arrange furniture pillows.

• Remove all children’s and pet toys.


• Make bed, including decorative pillows/shams if available.

• Clear nightstands of all personal items.

• Hide phones, remotes and tablet charging cables.

• Remove all clutter from top of dressers. Hide jewelry and all personal items

• It is suggested to remove family photos from walls.

• Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos.


• Remove personalized names and photos from walls.

• Remove wall stickers & posters if possible.

• Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos.


• Clear counter tops completely.

• No soap, toothbrushes, perfume, medications, deodorant, etc.

• PLEASE put toilet seats & lids down.

• Remove shampoo, soap, loofahs, etc. from showers and tubs.

• Remove dirty towels – leave out only new, unused towels or no towels.

• Remove all floor mats.


• Hide pet beds, toys, water, and food bowls.

• Hide pet crates.

• Hide Pets!

• Do not allow your pets to wander loose while photos are being taken. This slows me down significantly!

• Secure pets in hidden crate or outside.

• Use lint roller on furniture to remove pet hair.

• Clear back yard of pet waste & toys.


I appreciate all your help and suggestions! I will ask for a simple walk-through before setting up my equipment. This will give you (and/or your listing agent) the opportunity to point out details and features of your home that you want included in your marketing photos. Once I begin, please try to stay out of the way as wide-angle photos can include adjacent rooms where you may inadvertently walk into the frame, which I will have to re-shoot. I love friendly conversation, but only before or after the shoot as I need 100% focus (pun intended) to get the best shots of your home.

Typical photo shoots average 1.5 – 3.5 hours depending on the size of the house and number of photos taken.

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