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Listing Your House? How to Prepare for Professional Photos

 

To ensure that your photo shoot runs as efficiently as possible and for your photos to come out their very best, we’ve listed the following below to help you prepare. 

 

Exterior 

◼  Close the windows 

◼  Park on the street or in an enclosed garage 

◼  Rake leaves and sticks from the yard 

◼  Remove all children's or pet's toys 

◼  Hide 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 

 

Interior 

◼  Clear the Clutter... Put it away in an enclosed closet or cabinet.

◼  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 

 

Living/Family Room 

◼  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 

 

Dining Room 

◼  Set the table or clear everything but a small centerpiece 

 

Kitchen 

◼  Remove all refrigerator magnets, photos, artwork, etc. 

◼  Clear the top of the fridge

◼  Clear the counter tops 

◼  Put away all counter-top 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 

 

Bedroom 

◼  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 

 

Walk-in Closet 

◼  Tidy-up the closet by organizing/ sorting clothing and shoes 

◼  Matching hangers are a nice touch 

 

Bathroom 

◼  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 

 

Home Office 

◼  Hide any visible cords

◼  Put away all paperwork 

◼  Hide the facial tissue 

 

Pets 

◼  Pets must be properly restrainted, or the photographer reserves the right not to enter the property

◼  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 

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