Preparing Your Home For Photos

General Tips

Please clean the entire home (vacuum carpet, mop hard floors, clean countertops, clean windows, dust shelves).

Turn on ALL overhead lights and lamps.

Replace all burned out light bulbs and use bulbs of the same temperature (ALL incandescent or ALL compact fluorescent or ALL LED).

All ceiling fans should be turned OFF.

TV and computer screens turned OFF.

Open blinds/window treatments to let in outside light. 

Make all beds.

Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring.

Place all shoes/jackets in closets.


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.

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Front Exterior

Put trash & recycle bins in garage.

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.

Backyard Exterior

Clean porch, tidy up outdoor tables/chairs/cushions.

Tidy up BBQ grill area.

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

Clean pool.

Turn on pool fountains/water features.

Remove visible water hoses, gardening, and lawn equipment.

Remove trash & recycle bins.

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Dining Room/Kitchen Table

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.

Living/Family Room

Remove stacks of magazines, papers, mail, etc.

De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth (no more than 5 items, including art).

Fluff and arrange furniture pillows.

Remove kid's toys.

Hide TV remotes/tablets/laptops.

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Make bed, including decorative pillows/shams if available.

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, as well as stickers/posters.

Remove baby supplies.


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.

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Place food and water bowls in pantry or closet.

Place pet beds/toys in pantry or closet.

Place pet crates in garage.

Use lint roller on furniture to remove pet hair.

Contain pets in hidden crate or outside.

Clear back yard of pet waste/toys.

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