How To Prepare For Your Photoshoot

Prepping your home to MAXIMIZE your photo shoot!


Thoroughly clean whole house (vacuum carpet, mop hard floors, countertops, windows)

Turn all overhead lights and lamps ON

Replace all burned out light bulbs

Use bulbs of the same temperature (ALL incandescent or ALL compact fluorescent)

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 (or replace with general landscape/object photographs)

Make all beds

Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring

Place all shoes/jackets in closets



Close garage doors

Remove cars from driveway and front of home

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

Remove empty planters

Use broom to remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames

Remove visible water hoses

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



Clean porch, tidy up outdoor tables/chairs/cushions

Pillows/cushions should be fresh, not faded

Clear out kid's toys, balls, frisbees, etc.

Clean pool

Remove pool vacuum/cleaner hose

Hide pool cleaning supplies

Turn on pool fountains/water features

Remove visible water hoses

Remove trash cans



Sometimes the focal point, the kitchen deserves attention to detail -

Clear countertops completely. No knife blocks, baking supplies, mail, etc.

Leave out 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 sink, place in dishwasher



Allow buyers to imagine a nice family meal -

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



The space to enjoy conversation and spend quality time with family -

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



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



Remove personalized names from walls

Remove wall stickers/posters

Remove diaper genies

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



Clear countertops completely. No soap, 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



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



- Staging helps provide top dollar and a quick sale -

Selling your home is like selling a product - it must be marketed correctly to reach a specific buyer. Although your furnishings and decor are great for your lifestyle, it’s important to optimize your home for the future buyer.

All of the tips suggested in the previous sections were approved by professional home stagers from the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA).

A professional home stager can provide you with a consultation to help you prepare your home for sale and make sure your home shows at its best online through the photographs.

To find a RESA professional stager in your area, visit their website:



- Expectation During the Photo Shoot -

We want the photos of your home to be the best they can be. This requires teamwork and cooperation that will result in an outstanding online presence when your home goes LIVE on the market.

Although we would love to help you style/design your home, we unfortunately do not have the skill set required to do so. When we arrive to take photos of your property, we ask that all staging and cleaning be done prior to our arrival. To efficiently maintain our busy schedule and deliver the level of service our clients expect, we can not spend unnecessary time at the home waiting for it to be cleaned, dusted, de-cluttered, etc.

Please review the previous sections for tips on preparing your home for real estate photography, please do not turn off any lights until your photographer is done photographing the home, and note that we are not responsible and will not partake in any of the following duties while photographing your home:

We Do Not:

Move or re-arrange furniture

Make beds, clean, dust or de-clutter

Pick up toys or yard items

"Photoshop" vehicles, walls, damaged walls, power lines, wall pictures, cords, etc.

Touch personal bathroom supplies (shampoo, toothbrushes, deodorant, towels)


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