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Preparing Your House For Photographs

These are a few essential tips to get your house in picture perfect shape!

Pre Photo Shoot Checklist

The Week Before The Shoot

Home Staging for PhotosExterior

  • Landscape (weed flower beds, add fresh mulch, add seasonal plans and flowers)
  • Mow the lawn
  • Clean the pool
  • Pressure wash the house, driveways, walkways, patios and decks
  • Wash exterior windows and front porch


  • Remove all clutter in rooms
  • Replace any non-functioning light bulbs
  • Give your home a deep-clean, including windows and walls

The Day Of The Shoot

Keep in mind that “hidden items” under beds and behind furniture can sometimes be seen depending on the angle of the photograph. Please be sure that all hidden items are not visible.


  • Remove cars from driveway / front of the house (park across the street)
  • Remove garbage cans from view
  • Put away garden hose, sprinkler, etc.
  • Remove pool cleaners and toys
  • Add fresh cushions to patio furniture
  • Sweep up leaves

Kitchen / Dining Room

  • Wipe down counter tops
  • Remove all items from counter tops (detergents, sponges, dishes, rags)
  • Remove magnets / stickers / photos from refrigerators
  • Hide trash cans
  • Add fresh flowers / fruit bowl
  • Add center piece or cutlery to dining room table


  • Put away all clothes and tidy closets
  • Make all beds

All Rooms

  • Open draperies and turn blinds horizontally
  • Clean the floors (sweep, mop, vacuum)
  • Turn off all ceiling fans
  • Turn on all lamps and lights
  • Hide all power cords / cables / chargers
  • Remove pet bowls, pet beds, pet toys
  • Turn off TVs and hide remotes


  • Wipe down sinks and counter tops
  • Remove all items from counter top (towels, soap, etc.)
  • Remove all items from shower / tub
  • Hide trash cans
  • Close toilet lids
  • Refill toilet paper rolls
  • Hang fresh towels and hand cloths


  • Put away pets or take them for a walk during the photography shoot

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