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Home Checklist

This list should help you prepare the property for the shoot and bring your listing out from the crowd:



  • Move vehicles from driveway and away from the front of home.

  • Place trash cans, and anything that is not attached to the home, in the garage or out of sight.

  • Cut grass, and remove all weeds from cracks in concrete.

  • Remove garden hoses from the yard

  • Pressure wash driveways and sidewalks

  • Clean windows and mirrors.

  • Remove the yard sign.

  • When possible, water the grass 4-5 hours prior to shooting- Even a brown lawn will look better.




  • Remove any Calendars. – Calendars make a listing dated if it goes over 30 days.

  • Clear all counter tops. – No scrubbies, soap, knives or cutting boards.

  • Okay to leave 1-2 small appliances for size perception, but more than that can be distracting.

  • Clear the refrigerator completely. – No magnets, pictures, lists etc…

  • Clean shiny appliances very well – Dirty appliances will look smudged with flash cameras.

  • Remove trashcan from Kitchen.




  • Open all drapes and blinds on windows with a good view. – An exception would be baths and some bedrooms.

  • For security, remove any expensive artwork and firearms from view. Even if they are decorative.

  • Move/Remove any furniture that obstructs windows.

  • Turn all ceiling fans OFF. They will create a motion blur in your photo and even video.

  • Turn all inside lights ON. This will help balance the light in most areas.

  • Turn all Televisions OFF, and clean them very well.

  • Make beds and close closets. If you showcase a closet, do so separately if possible.

  • Open doors between rooms to give an open feeling when possible.

  • Remove ALL evidence of pets.

  • Remove rugs from floors, especially from tile or wood floors.

  • Conceal cords! Unplug them from the wall if needed. (Except lights)

  • Replace any burnt out light bulbs.

  • No shoes by doors or anywhere… Please place them in the closet.




  • Toilet lids should be down.

  • Clear the counter-top from absolutely every item considered to be personal.

  • Remove cleaning brushes and trashcans.

  • Clean mirrors and shower enclosures.

  • Close Shower curtains. If custom tiled bath, showcase with shower curtain half-open.

  • Remove toilet paper from holder, or use a full roll. No partial rolls please.



There are many other items to consider when preparing a home for Real Estate Photography, however by just following the above guidelines, your listing should stand out from the crowd. You only get one chance to make a first impression.

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