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. 



 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 counter tops
 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


 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


 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