Home Prep

Home buyers start their search online, so first impression is critical. Follow these Home Prep tips to prepare for the best real estate photos possible.

Upon arrival, you can expect a quick walk-through with the photographer to make sure the home is photo ready. After that, they will photograph the interiors followed by exteriors and any requested neighborhood amenities.

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  • Vacuum, sweep, & mop all floors
  • Dust blinds & baseboards
  • Dust fan blades
  • Clean windows inside & out
  • Clean countertop
  • Turn off TVs & computer screens
  • Remove personal items/photos
  • Remove all visible clutter
  • Open shades/blinds
  • Replace burned out light bulbs
  • Empty waste baskets
  • Remove newspapers, mail
  • Display attractive books
  • Turn on all lamps & overhead lights


  • Remove cars from driveway
  • Turn off sprinkler systems
  • Close garage
  • Sweep walkways
  • Pick up leaves, sticks, branches
  • Put toys, bicycles away
  • Stow garden tools, supplies
  • Remove all hoses
  • Straighten and arrange furniture
  • Clean pool area
  • Remove trash cans
  • Clean up landscaping
  • Mow & remove all weeds
  • Remove stacks of magazines, papers, mail
  • De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth
  • Clean interior of the fireplace
  • Fluff and arrange furniture pillows
  • Remove kid's toys

Kitchen & Dining

  • Remove all items from fridge door
  • Store food in cabinets
  • De-clutter counters
  • Stow small appliances
  • Hide cleaning items
  • Hide dish towels, sponges
  • Clear sink of dishes
  • Put away draining rack
  • Organize items on open shelves
  • Straighten/push in dining chairs
  • Leave tabletop clutter free

Laundry & Mudroom

  • Remove all dirty laundry
  • Clear off countertops
  • Put away jackets & bags
  • No smelly shoes


  • Remove all clutter
  • Make the beds
  • Arrange decorative pillows
  • Put away clothing, shoes
  • Clean under the bed
  • Clear surfaces of clutter
  • No dirty laundry
  • Clear nightstands of all personal items
  • Store away phone chargers
  • Remove personalized names from walls
  • Remove wall stickers/posters
  • Remove diaper genies


  • Hang fresh towels
  • Clear counters of all toiletries
  • Clean mirrors
  • Clean toilet and close lid
  • Remove all items from tub and shower


  • Place food and water bowls in pantry
  • Place pet beds/toys in pantry or closet
  • Remove pet hair from furniture & blankets
  • Keep pets in hidden crate or outside
  • Clear back yard of pet waste/toys