Properly preparing your home for photographs will go a long way in setting you up for a successful sale.

We have put together a list of tips from our years of experience that will help you and your clients best prepare for your upcoming shoot.


  • Replace all burned out light bulbs both inside and outside the house. Try to keep all the bulbs within a room the same type, LED, incandescent - the yellow/orange bulbs are not a good choice for interior lighting.

  • Hide the clutter.


  • Remove excess furnishings and knick-knacks from rooms. Large amounts of furniture and decorations do not generally photograph well and can distract from the homes features and can potentially make a room look smaller in photos.

  • Pick up throw rugs and runners in entryways, kitchens, and bathrooms so that the floor can be clearly seen.

  • Wash the windows (or have them washed).

  • Vacuum and/or mop the floors.


  • Remove all cars, boats, RVs, motorcycles etc. from the driveways and do not park directly in front of the house.

  • Move garbage and recycling cans out of sight.

  • Remove all garden tools, hoses, and clutter.

  • Pick up after your pets.

  • Mow the grass, rake up leaves and debris, pull weeds and remove any dead vegetation.

  • If you are feeling ambitious, plant some fresh flowers in empty planters and pots.

  • Sweep driveways, sidewalks, and patios.


  • Remove newspapers and magazines and put away books.

  • Tuck the remote controls in a draw to get them out of sight.

  • Conceal exposed cables and cords as best that you can.

  • Remove clutter, personal photos, the kids toys, etc. from bookshelves, tables and the floor.

  • Dust and vacuum. Dust can show in a photograph.

  • Wash any glass surfaces including table tops, cabinet doors, and windows. Smudges and dirt on glass will be noticeable in the photographs.

  • Straighten pillows and throws.


  • Put small appliances, knife blocks paper towels, and kitchen gadgets away and off the counters

  • Remove photos, notes, papers, and magnets from the refrigerator.

  • Clean the major appliances refrigerator, oven, stove top, range hood, and dishwasher.

  • Wipe down the counter tops.

  • Don't leave any dirty dishes in the sink or sponges, dish towels, dish soap, or the like near the sink.

  • Move trash cans out of site.


  • Dust the furniture and vacuum the floors.

  • Setting the table with nice dinnerware, napkins, and a centerpiece can give a homey feel.

  • If you have a China cabinet, make sure things are straight and tidy inside.


  • Make the beds neatly; straighten the bed spread and pillows.

  • Tidy up, dust, and vacuum.

  • Pick up and put away clothes and shoes.

  • Remove items from bedside tables books, magazines, pictures, clock radios, etc.

  • In the kids rooms, put excess toys out of sight, take posters and drawings off the walls, and straighten up overall.


  • Clear off the counter tops; toiletries, tissues, hair products, just about everything should be put away.

  • Remove personal care products and children's bath toys from the shower and tub.

  • Make sure towels are folded neatly and are straight on the towel bars.

  • Close the lid on the toilets.

  • Mirrors and shower doors should be clean.

  • Hide away the toilet brush and plunger.


  • Make sure they are clean. Sweep dirt off the bottom and skim off the debris floating on top.

  • Remove the cover, pool sweep, floating chlorine dispenser, and pool toys.

  • Straighten lounge chairs, put away cleaning tools, and set up the patio umbrella if you have one.

  • Turn on pool light(s), waterfalls, and spa bubbles. Verify several days prior to your shoot that these are working in case you need to schedule repairs.

  • If you want to add that extra touch, roll up some colorful pool towels and place them on the chairs and set up a pitcher of lemonade with some glasses on a table.


  • Turn on all the lights, inside and out.

  • Turn off the ceiling fans.

  • Open the blinds, shades, and curtains.