Photo Pre-Shoot Checklist

Exterior Photos

  • Close garage doors
  • Remove cars from driveway and front of home
  • Clean up landscaping (mow, trim, rake)
  • Remove visible water hoses
  • Clean up dog waste
  • Remove dog leashes
  • Put trash bins in where they won’t be seen
  • Clean porch furniture, tidy cushions
  • Clean pool, remove hoses
  • Clean up dog waste
  • Remove toys, dog toys, soccer goals, etc.

Interior Photos

  • Open window shades, curtains
  • Turn all lights on
  • Turn all ceiling fans off
  • Replace burned light bulbs
  • Hide shoes from entries
  • Clean windows
  • Fresh flowers make a great impression

Living/Family Room Photos

  • Remove stacks of magazines, papers, etc
  • De-clutter fireplace mantle
  • Arrange furniture pillows neatly
  • Remove kid toys

Dining Room

  • Clear table, dust
  • Straighten all chairs
  • Remove booster seats
  • Stage the table with tableware, placements


  • Clear countertops completely
  • Clear off refrigerator
  • Hide garbage cans in closet or pantry
  • Put all dishes away
  • Remove rags and sponges from sink
  • Remove scatter rugs to show flooring


  • Make beds
  • Tuck in all sheets, straighten comforters
  • Clear nightstands of personal items, remotes
  • Hide computer/phone charging cables
  • Remove clutter from tops of dressers
  • Clean under bed, remove items that may show
  • Remove posters/stickers from walls, doors


  • Clear countertops completely
  • Put toilet seats down
  • Close cabinet doors
  • Remove shampoo, soap, razors, etc. from showers and bathtubs
  • Leave out neatly arranged, clean or new towels
  • Empty visible garbage cans
  • Remove towels, robes from the back of doors
  • Remove scatter rugs to show flooring


  • As much as we love pets, there should be no evidence of them in your home
  • Remove foods bowls, beds, litter boxes and toys
  • Remove pet hair from furniture

Great Hiding Spots

  • Closets
  • Washer/dryers
  • Cupboards
  • Pantries
  • Dishwasher
  • Garages
  • Sheds