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A photo shoot of a home is successful when we pay attention to the details of how others will see your home. The goal is to allow others to see the unique architectural features of your home rather than just your furnishings and decorations.

Preparing a home to show is all about de-personalizing it. Stage your home to appeal to the majority of prospective buyers. Simplify the decorations and clear off surfaces of personal belongings. Help buyers be attracted to the house, not distracted by clutter. Here is a list of tips to prepare for a home photography session:


De-clutter everywhere!

Clear off kitchen and bathroom countertops

Empty the shower of shampoos and soaps

Remove everything from outside of fridge

Hide garbage containers

Remove all signs of pets including pet bed

Remove any tablecloths off tables

Remove stacks of books, magazines, mail

Take down personal photographs

De-clutter fireplace mantel and hearth

Remove small floor rugs to show off floors

Thoroughly clean home to make it sparkle

Put a floral arrangement in a few rooms


Place brightly colored flowers by front door

Remove trash cans from sight

Stow children's toys, hoses, tools

Mow the lawn, remove weeds

Put out chair cushions

Open patio umbrellas

Remove pool sweep/polaris from pool

Put dog outside in run or garage


Replace all burned out light bulbs!

Open all window blinds and curtains

Turn on all lights

Turn OFF ceiling fans

Click here for a PDF version of our Home Prep Tips to print out

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