Professional photographs of your home are the most important part of making a great first impression
in print and online marketing. Completing this checklist before the photographer arrives will ensure
the photos of your home for sale represent it in the best possible way. Please let your agent know
if there are some special features that you want to include or areas you want excluded. (Unfinished
basements, attics, and garages are not usually photographed unless requested.)
Interior Remove all clutter. Be sure the home is clean and in order.
Remove as much personalization as possible.
Make sure all lights and lamps have working light bulbs.
Turn off all ceiling fans.
Open all curtains and blinds.
Hide all remote controls.
Remove all notes, pictures, and magnets from refrigerator.
Hide any non-decorative trash cans.
Store pet beds, feeding bowls, and toys out of sight.
Minimize visible wires and electronics.
Minimize small kitchen appliances; remove paper towels, cleaners, and soaps; keep sink empty; and remove kitchen rugs and towels.
Clear all medications, toiletries, toothbrushes/holders from all bathroom sinks, showers, and tubs (minimal decorative soaps are fine).
Put the toilet lid down and straighten toilet paper.
Hide bathmats, laundry baskets, scales, toilet brushes and extra toilet paper so all bathrooms are tidy.
Remove soaps, shampoos, washcloths, squeegees, used towels, etc., from showers.
Walk-in closets should be neat and organized.
Clear personal items from bedroom nightstands and dressers.
Avoid hiding items under beds. They can be seen in photographs.
Make all beds.
Do not park your cars in front of the house or in the driveway.
Remove trashcans, garden tools, hoses, and sprinklers from view.
Mow the lawn, clean up yard debris, and remove dead plants.
Store mower out of sight.
Sweep porches, decks, patios, and sidewalks.
Straighten and arrange patio furniture.
Remove flags and flag poles.