Staging the property for photos

Here are some helpful tips to get the home "Photo Ready."

The first thing I ask is to make sure there are no vehicles in the driveway or in the street in front of your home. If you know the neighbors park there, please have your car moved before I get there. The front of your home is very important when taking photos.




  • Remove any LARGE pieces of furniture in small rooms. Sometimes a large couch in a small room can hurt the photo and make the room feel smaller then it is

  • Turn on all the lights in the home and replace any bulbs that are out

  • Clean the windows, shower doors, mirrors and anything that shows the dirt on it




  • Remove items on the fridge doors, sides and top

  • Clear off the kitchen counters and de-clutter any large items

  • Clean appliances and keep the sink empty and clean

  • Leaving nice clean looking appliances are ok

  • Bowls of fresh fruit or colorful decorations are a nice touch on the counters.


Dining Room:


  • Remove any clutter and dust 

  • Set the table with place settings, colorful plates, wine glasses – make it look like you’re going to have a dinner party


Main Rooms:


  • Reduce clutter and help the rooms look large and clean

  • Take down any family portraits or expensive paintings you do not want photographed

  • Large empty walls do not look appealing to buyers. Buy decent frames for staging purposes

  • Clear up any wires or cords if possible behind the TV, Stereo or electronics

  • Put away children’s toys or animal toys

  • Define the spaces. Make them what they should be and decorate them accordingly

  • Turn on or light the fireplace if you will be home during the shoot




  • Clean showers inside and out

  • Place your best towels on the racks

  • Remove any soap dispensers, shampoo from the shower and sinks - clean toilet and put seat down.

  • Remove any hanging door racks




  • Make up all the beds with your best linens

  • Pick up any clothes or misc. items from floors

  • Open window curtains and tie them back if needed


Outside Areas:


  • Pickup garden hoses, tools, children toys, basketball nets, anything that should not be outside

  • Water Features – Hot Tubs, Pools, Fountains etc.. Turn on and act like your about to have guests


Extra Things to consider:


  • Replace Dead Plants

  • Do not have animals running around during shoot

  • Clean Pools of debris and clean around the areas

  • Clean deck of debris and clean, power wash or new stain if needed Paint outside trim or spots that show bad

  • Power wash the driveway to remove stains or large oil spots

  • Hide trash cans


That’s It! Please take your time to do these items to the best of your ability.

Doing this will help make the photos of your home the best and show buyers they are getting a great home and make them want to come see it.


The photographer will not move anything in your home and will ask you to move it from the shot or remove it. Sometimes just moving a piece of furniture into storage, basement or garage can make a big difference for buyers when seeing your home in the photos and especially in person.

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