Preparing for the Photographer
The more a listing has been prepped before the photographer arrives, the better the photos will turn out. It is critical for your home to show well in the photos since most buyers will start their search online and decide whether or not your home is worth scheduling a showing. A photographer can’t magically make a cluttered room somehow look uncluttered. If you need help, you can always hire a professional stager, but I will share some tips below to help you prep your home.
The most important things to remember are to de-clutter and de-personalize! You want your home to look like a clean, tastefully furnished hotel. It should be stylish, but somewhat generic. Less is more. If you have special features of your home that aren’t obvious, let the photographer know so that they can be included. Do not schedule on trash day, lawncare day, or cleaning day.
I think you will be very happy with the quality of the photos from my professional photographer!
Throughout the Interior
Clean whole house (vacuum/ mop, clean counters/windows).
Replace all burned out light bulbs.
Remove personal photographs .
Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring.
Hide power cords and cables.
Remove any tablecloths to make the rooms look larger.
Remove stacks of books, magazines, and mail.
Close closet doors.
Put a floral arrangement in a few rooms.
De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth (no more than 5 items).
Clean interior of fireplace and re-paint if needed.
Fluff and arrange furniture pillows.
Remove kid’s toys.
If you have a nice big attractive coffee table book, set it out.
Clear out about 1/2 the books off the bookshelf and put away.
Clear countertops completely. No knife blocks, baking supplies, etc.
Leave out max of one small appliance (ex. coffee maker).
Clear outside of refrigerator of magnets, papers, photos, etc.
Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet.
Remove dishes from sink, place in dishwasher.
Remove any childproof latches that are visible.
If possible, add a bowl of apples or lemons or oranges to perk up the counter area.
Clear the table. Dust and polish the table top.
Use decorative place setting if available.
Feature one center piece such as a bouquet of flowers.
Straighten all chairs and space them evenly.
Remove child seats/booster chairs.
Make all beds and put out any decorative pillows.
Clothes should be hung, or folded and put away.
Place all shoes and jackets in closets.
Press bed linens and bed skirts.
Clear nightstands of all personal items.
Remove all clutter from top of dressers.
Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos.
Remove personalized names from walls.
Remove wall stickers/posters.
Hide trash cans and diaper genies.
Put on a new roll of toilet paper.
Hang a few color complementary towels and hand towels.
Clear countertops completely. No soap, toothbrushes, medications, deodorant, etc.
Put toilet seats down.
Remove shampoo, soap, loofahs, etc. from bath area.
Remove floor mats.
Hide trash cans.
Put a small candle or plant next to the sink or bathtub.
Place food and water bowls in pantry or closet.
Place pet beds/toys in pantry or closet.
Use lint roller on furniture to remove pet hair.
Contain pets in hidden crate or outside.
Clear back yard of pet waste/toys.
Place brightly colored flowers by front door
Move garbage cans out of sight.
Pull weeds, trim overgrown shrubs and low-hanging tree branches.
Mow and rake yard.
Remove all garden tools including hoses and sprinklers.
Lay down mulch wherever there is dirt showing in beds.
Clean up the front porch and stairs.
Sweep the decks, sidewalks, driveway, and patios.
Use broom to remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames
Wipe off the outdoor furniture and put the nice cushions on them.
Open patio umbrellas.
Clear out kid’s toys, balls, frisbees, etc.
Clean pool and remove pool vacuum/cleaner hose and hide the cleaning supplies.
Turn on pool fountains/water features.
Just Before the Photographer Arrives…
Turn on all interior lights, even surface lights on the stove and under your cupboards.
Open all curtains and blinds.
Turn off all ceiling fans, TVs, and computer screens off.
Remove vehicles from the driveway and do not park right in front of the house.
Close garage doors.