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Prepping your property to MAXIMIZE photo potential

The entire property, interior & exterior, will be photographed in a way that will appeal to prospective buyers. The intent of this photoshoot is to show off the home’s best features; a lot of stuff can distract from those features.

If You Do Nothing Else, Do These Things:



  • Replace all burned out light bulbs both inside and outside the house. Keep all bulbs in a room the same type: LED, incandescent, or fluorescent.

  • Remove excess furnishings and knick-knacks from rooms as large amounts of furniture and decorations can distract from the home’s features and make a room appear smaller.

  • Hide the clutter.

  • Remove throw rugs and runners from entryways, kitchens, and baths so the floor can be clearly seen.      

  • Wash the windows.

  • Vacuum/mop floors and wipe dust from surfaces.

  • Turn off ceiling fans and open blinds/shades and curtains.

Outside the Property:

  • Remove all vehicles from driveway (cars, boats, RVs, motorcycles, etc) and do not park directly in front of the house.

  • Move garbage and recycling bins out of sight.

  • Remove all garden tools, hoses and clutter.

  • Pick up after your pets in the yard.

  • Remove all children’s toys, bikes, etc., from the yard and deck/patio.

  • Mow the grass, rake leaves and debris, pull weeds and remove any dead vegetation.

  • If you are feeling ambitious, plant some fresh flowers in empty planters and pots.

  • Sweep driveways, sidewalks and deck/patio.

  • Skim & vacuum pools and spas.

  • Straighten outdoor furniture and remove pool toys & cleaning tools.

  • Turn on pool lights, waterfalls and/or spa bubbles.

  • Schedule repairs well before photo shoot.

Living Room:




  • Remove newspapers, magazines and put away books.

  • Store remote controls out of sight and conceal exposed cables and cords.

  • Remove personal photos, kid’s toys, etc. from bookshelves, tables and floor.

  • Wash all glass surfaces including tabletops, cabinet doors and windows.

  • Straighten pillows and throws.

Kitchen and Dining Rooms:




  • Move small appliances, knife blocks, paper towels and kitchen gadgets off the counters.

  • Remove photos, papers and magnets from the refrigerator.

  • Clean major appliances – refrigerator, oven, stove top, range hood, and dishwasher.

  • Wipe down sink and counter tops.

  • Remove all dirty dishes, sponges, dish towels, dish soap, etc.

  • Move trash/recycle bins out of sight.

  • Set the table with nice dinnerware, napkins and a centerpiece.





  • Make the beds neatly, straighten the bedspread and pillows.

  • Pick up and put away clothes, toys and shoes.

  • Remove items from bedside tables – books, magazines, pictures, clock radios, etc.

  • Remove posters and drawings from the walls.





  • Clear counter tops of all toiletries, tissues, hair products, etc.

  • Remove all personal care products and children’s bath toys from the shower/tub.

  • Fold towels neatly and hang straight on towel bars.

  • Close toilet lid.

  • Wash all glass surfaces including mirrors and shower doors.

  • Store toilet brush and plunger out of sight.

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