Before the Photographer is Scheduled


Clean everything and make it sparkle. This includes carpets, windows, ceiling fans, blinds, walls, baseboards, kitchen appliances, etc. Once you think you have everything put away and clean, walk into each room and ask yourself, “Is everything I see something I want a buyer to see?” If the answer is no, keep removing things until the answer is yes. Turn on every single light in your home. Check for burnt out light bulbs.


1 Hour Before the Photographer is Scheduled


  • Turn on every light in your home
  • Put the blinds or shutters all the way down and adjust them to a 45 degree up position to avoid light from hitting the floor
  • Turn off ceiling fans
  • Make sure everything that doesn’t belong on the floor is put away
  • Hide mail, keys, magazines, books, remotes




  • Hide the sponges and dish towels
  • Remove all items from the sink and clean sink
  • Remove all appliances and kitchen utensils from the counter tops
  • Hide the trash can
  • Take down everything from the outside of the refrigerator – this includes magnets, pictures and other decorations
  • Hide kitchen rugs




  • Remove everything from tables and nightstands including alarm clocks, books, reading glasses, you can leave the lamps
  • Make the beds and arrange the pillows nicely
  • Make sure nothing can be seen under the bed from all angles in the room
  • Hide any trash cans, diaper genies and toys


Living and Dining Areas


  • Put away the remote controls, books and magazines
  • Remove everything from the tables and any open shelving – exceptions include lamps and decorative items
  • Make sure pillows are arranged nicely




  • Remove everything from the bathroom counters – exceptions include decorative items
  • Make sure towels are hung straight
  • Remove towels from shower stalls or pegs
  • Remove trash cans
  • Put the toilet seats down, remove any plungers or cleaning brushes
  • Remove all shampoos, soaps, razors from the shower, clean shower doors and any glass surround
  • Remove rugs off floor
  • Make sure to clean mirrors and all shower glass surround


Pet Items


  • It is best to remove or crate any pets before the photographer arrives to prevent having them in any photo
  • Remove all visible litter boxes, crates, pet bowls and any evidence of pets


Outside Your Home


  • Remove cars from the driveway
  • Hide all trash cans, recycling containers and any debris
  • Mow the lawn, then remove all lawn equipment from sight
  • Put away all kid toys
  • Open umbrellas


Note: Our photographer is not a stager and not allowed to move anything. He can not move any furniture, toys, garbage or personal effects. He will not clean your house. Please have everything ready before he arrives.