Making Your Home Picture Perfect

Good photos can mean the difference between a quick sale at full price, or a property languishing on the market. Most important, encourage the clients to declutter! Buyers are put off by a home that’s crowded with personal effects. The resulting photographs will feel more spacious and allow potential buyers to project their own style into the home. The more the home is prepared before the photographer arrives, the better the pictures are going to look.


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Interior Checklist

● Clean well and de-clutter

● Turn on all lights, fans off (replace all burned out bulbs)

● Open blinds and windows

● Clear kitchen counter tops, minimal appliances-no refrigerator ‘art gallery’

● Clear bathroom counter tops and shower - toothbrushes, shampoo bottles, etc.

● Lighten up bookcases by removing half the books

● Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring

● Make all beds, and tidy bedrooms. Clothes hung, or folded and put away

● Remove stacks of magazines, paper and mail

● Store away phone/computer charging cables

● Remove pet toys, bowls, and beds 

● Add some decoration with a bowl of fresh fruit or a vase of flowers

Exterior Checklist

● Move cars out of the driveway, DO NOT park in front of the house.    

   DO park in front or put trash cans in front if it is a busy street to ensure no one else parks there.    Then we can move everything and get an unobstructed view.

● Remove or hide trash cans ● Sweep driveways and sidewalks.

● Rake leaves, pull weeds, remove dead plants, mow lawn and edge

● Make sure the roof is free of leaves and debris

●Coil hoses

● Uncover pools, spas and bbqs

● Cover dirt with mulch to make beds look more attractive

● Open patio umbrellas or remove, and set out seat cushions

● Contain pets or have a neighbor keep them offsite during photography