Preparing Your Home

One of the most important steps to creating the absolute best photos to market your home takes place before the photographer ever steps foot on-site.

Here are some gentle reminders and helpful tips to ensure your home shows it’s best on the day of your session!


  • contain pets out of sight
  • remove all vehicles from driveways and do not park in front of the house
  • move garbage cans so they cannot be seen from the street
  • remove garden tools, hoses and sprinklers (the bright green of garden hoses can be an eye-draw in photographs distracting from the overall beauty of the home)
  • mow and rake the yard
  • sweep driveways and sidewalks
  • remove piles of magazines and newspapers


  • Clear counters in kitchen and bathroom areas (what looks like decoration in person often looks like clutter in photographs)
  • put indoor trash cans out of sight
  • clean all photos and drawings from refrigerator
  • remove small rugs, especially in kitchen area near sink, in some bathrooms
  • make sure all light bulbs are working (replace any that are not)
  • windex windows/sliding doors, clean/shine countertops, clean glass fronts of aquariums, TVs – any other reflective surface.
  • remove personal photos sitting on tables or bed-side stands
  • check the neatness of bed linens
  • turn on all lights
  • conceal any evidence of pets (such as pet cages or food bowls)

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