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Prepping Your House For Pictures

Prepping Your House For Pictures

As we get ready to have our photographer to your house, it’s important that we make sure your house is photographed as best as possible. Below is a checklist for you to use as you prepare for our appointment.


  • Thoroughly clean the whole house (vacuum floors, clean hardwood floors, countertops, and windows)
  • Turn on all ceiling lights and lamps
  • Replace all burnt-out light bulbs
  • Turn off ceiling fans
  • Turn off TVs and computer screens
  • Open all blinds letting all the light in
  • Remove personal photographs
  • Make all beds
  • Remove small floor rugs to show the floor
  • Place all shoes and jackets in the closet


  • Close garage doors
  • Remove cars from the driveway and front of the home
  • Tidy up the landscaping
  • Remove empty planters
  • Remove cobwebs from eaves and door frame
  • Remove visible hoses
  • Remove toys (soccer goals, basketball hoops, kids toys, dog toys, etc)
  • Clean porch and tidy up outdoor tables, chairs, and chair cushions
  • Clean pool
  • Remove pool cleaning equipment
  • Remove trash cans
  • Turn on any fountains
  • Remove pet waste


  • Clean off countertops completely. No knife blocks, baking supplies, mail, etc
  • At a maximum, you may leave out small appliances (coffee maker, etc)
  • Hide trash can in the closet

Dining Room

  • Clear, dust, and polish table tops
  • If available, you may use decorative table settings
  • Up to one centerpiece may be used
  • Remove kid’s chairs and booster seats
  • Straighten all chairs

Master Bedroom

  • Make bed
  • Clear nightstand of personal items
  • Remove cell phone charging cords
  • Remove clutter from the dresser
  • Remove family photos
  • Remove items from under the bed that will show


  • Make bed
  • Remove personal items
  • Remove any stickers and posters from the walls
  • Remove visible items from under the bed


  • Clear countertops completely
  • Remove soap, toothbrushes, medication, make-up, deodorant, etc
  • Close toilet lid
  • Clean shower and remove the shampoo, soap, razor, etc
  • Set out clean towels
  • Remove floor mats to show floor


  • Remove food and water bowls
  • Remove pet beds
  • Remove toys
  • Remove all waste and pet hair
  • Contain pets in a hidden kennel or outdoors

Family Room

  • Remove all magazines, papers, mail, etc
  • Remove kid’s toys
  • De-clutter fireplace mantel
  • Clean interior of the fireplace
  • Arrange pillows


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