CHECKLIST to Prepare Your Property for Photography

The photo session will take from one to two hours depending on the size of the home. I will be photographing both the inside and outside of your home. Inside, I will be photographing all of the major rooms. I normally do not photograph closets or the garage unless there are special features. Standard photos include: front exterior, back exterior and all the major rooms such as living room, dining room, family room, kitchen, master bedroom, master bath and bedrooms. If you have special features of your home that are not obvious, please let your agent know about these so I can include them. You can check out our Blog on this subject by clicking here...



Close the windows Park on the street or in a closed garage Rake the yard Remove all children’s or pet’s toys Put away any garbage cans Put away all tools and supplies Close the gates and garage doors Remove all pool toys, visible cleaning supplies and equipment Keep the pets out of the yard during the photo shoot


Clear the Clutter… Put it away in a closet or cabinet; don’t just stick it in another room. Clean the House… All the nooks and crannies. Turn on all the lights and lamps. Close the windows and open the curtains and blinds Hide any visible cords Put away all children’s or pet’s toys


Clear the mantle of personal photos Turn off the television Light a fire in the fireplace Replace any large family portraits with generic artwork Straighten the book shelves Straighten the rug and throw pillows


Set the table or clear everything but a small centerpiece


Remove all refrigerator magnets, photos, artwork, etc. Clear the top of the fridge Clear the -countertops.  Put away all appliances Put away all cleaning supplies Put away all towels including wash rags and dish towels Hide the garbage can in a closet or pantry Put away any water or food bowls for pets


Make the bed Remove anything stored under the bed if there is no dust ruffle to cover it Put away all shoes and clothing Clear the bedside tables. Leave only the lamp, clock, and one or two books. Clear/ straighten the dresser Straighten the book shelves WALK-IN CLOSET Tidy-up the closet by organizing/ sorting clothing and shoes Matching hangers are a nice touch


Open the shower curtains Put down the toilet seat Put out fresh, matching towels Hide all bath products from the tub/shower including bars of soap, shampoo & conditioner, washcloths, etc. Hide all bath products from the sink including hand soap, makeup, etc. decorative soaps can stay Hide all appliances including the hair drier, curling iron, etc. Hide all air fresheners including those that plug in Hide all cleaning products


Hide any visible cords Put away all paperwork Hide the facial tissue PETS It is the homeowner’s or agent’s responsibility to keep the pets out of the shot Put away all toys, food and water bowls, and litter boxes

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