The house should be shoot-ready when the photographer arrives. 

We want the photos of your home to be the best they can be so that your home has an outstanding online presence when it goes LIVE on the market!

WHY PREP FOR PHOTOS?

Online is where buyers start – make a good first impression!

Follow these tips to prepare your home for the best real estate photos possible.

GENERAL TIPS FOR ALL AREAS OF THE HOME

  • Thoroughly clean whole house (vacuum carpet, mop hard floors, clean countertops, clean windows)
  • Turn all overhead lights and lamps ON
  • Replace all burned-out light bulbs
  • Use bulbs of the same temperature (ALL incandescent {warm} or ALL compact fluorescent{cool})
  • Turn all ceiling fans OFF
  • Turn all TVs OFF
  • Turn all computer screens OFF
  • Open blinds/window treatments to let in outside light
  • Remove personal photographs you don’t want seen (or replace with general landscape/object photographs)
  • Make all beds
  • Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring
  • Place all shoes/jackets in closets

KITCHEN

This is usually a big selling point of a house- it deserves special attention.

  • Clear countertops completely. No knife blocks, baking supplies, mail, etc.
  • Leave out a max of one small appliance (ex. coffee maker)
  • Clear outside of refrigerator of magnets, papers, photos, etc.
  • Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet
  • Remove dishes from the sink, place in dishwasher
  • If pantry will be seen, group like items together (no more than two items stacked on top of one another) and separate small appliances so they are alone on a shelf and not clustered together

DINING ROOM / TABLE

Allow potential buyers to imagine a nice meal with friends or family. 

  • 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 child seats/booster chairs

LIVING / FAMILY ROOM

Stage the space so that potential buyers can imagine enjoying conversation and spending quality time with loved ones.

  • Remove stacks of magazines, papers, mail, etc.
  • De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth (no more than 5 items, including art)
  • Clean interior of fireplace and re-paint if needed
  • Fluff and arrange furniture pillows
  • Remove kid’s toys
  • Declutter shelves (no more than 3 items per shelf)

BEDROOMS

PRIMARY BEDROOM

  • Make bed, including decorative pillows/shams if available
  • Press bed linens and bed skirts
  • Clear nightstands of all personal items
  • Store away phone/tablet charging cables
  • Remove all clutter from top of dressers
  • Remove family photos from walls
  • Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos

GUEST / KID / SECONDARY BEDROOMS

  • Remove personalized names from walls
  • Remove wall stickers/posters
  • Remove diaper genies, kids toys, extra furniture or shelving
  • Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos

BATHROOMS

  • Clear countertops completely, with the exception of small plants/greenery and possibly a soap dispenser if aesthetically pleasing and not a plastic bottle. No toothbrushes, medications, deodorant, etc.
  • Put toilet seats down
  • Close closet doors
  • Remove shampoo, soap, loofahs, etc. from showers and tubs
  • Remove dirty towels – leave out only new, unused towels
  • Remove floor mats

PETS

  • Place food and water bowls in pantry or closet
  • Place pet beds/toys in pantry or closet
  • Use lint roller on furniture to remove pet hair
  • Contain pets in hidden crate or outside
  • Clear back yard of pet waste/toys