Preparing for the Photo Shoot

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  • Mow and rake yard.
  • Contain pets in the garage or out of sight.
  • Remove all vehicles from driveways and do not park directly in front of the house.
  • Move garbage cans out of sight.
  • Remove all garden tools including hoses and sprinklers.
  • Sweep driveways, sidewalks and patios.
  • Straighten deck furniture and open umbrellas.
  • Clean grill and remove cover.
  • Clean pool area.
  • For extra appeal, fill planters with flowers and spread fresh mulch.


  • Remove piles of newspaper and magazines.
  • Make sure all light bulbs work and that grouped lights are the same color/type.
  • Turn on all interior lights including lamps
  • Turn ceiling fans off.
  • De-clutter rooms which may be excessively furnished.
  • Remove personal photos.
  • Turn off televisions and computers.
  • Vacuum carpets and sweep hard floors.
  • Remove pet toys, dishes, beds, cages etc.
  • Wash windows, glass doors, etc.
  • Open all shades and blinds.
  • Hide trash cans.


  • Place trash cans out of view in a closet or cupboard.
  • Remove magnets, photos, notes and papers from the refrigerator.
  • De-clutter stove and counter tops.
  • Stow small appliances.
  • Hide soaps and other cleaning items.
  • Hide dish towels.
  • Clear sink of dishes.
  • Put away draining racks.
  • Organize open shelves.
  • For extra appeal, place a fruit bowl on the counter, and display fresh pastries or fruit.

Dining Room

  • Straighten dining chairs.
  • Add centerpiece, candles
  • For extra appeal, set the table.

Living and Family Room

  • Hide all remotes.
  • Conceal exposed cables as well as you can.


  • Make beds.
  • Arrange decorative pillows
  • Put away clothing, shoes, charging cords, catch alls etc.
  • Clean under bed.
  • Clear surfaces of clutter.


  • Make the bathroom sparkle.
  • Hang fresh towels.
  • Clear counters of toiletries.
  • Clean mirrors.
  • Close toilet lid.
  • Remove shampoo and other products from shower/tub.
  • Remove floor scales, trash cans, and laundry hamper.


  • Remove pool hose.
  • Turn on water features.
  • Remove all children’s toys, floats, etc.


  • Pets should be taken on a walk are well hidden for the photo shoot.
  • Pets in the backyard will generally be seen from the inside.
  • Pet toys, beds, and bowls should be hidden


  • Hiding from the camera is impossible; please keep the number of people present during the shoot to a minimum.
  • Contractors should be scheduled on other days.
  • Remaining people should retire to a bedroom while the home is being photographed.

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