De-clutter as much as possible. Put away toys, clothing, dishes, towels, shoes etc. It’s a lot cheaper to put these things away before the photo shoot than to pay to have the photos “photoshopped”.

De-personalise to a certain degree. Photos of young children and any potentially offensive art should be put away.

Remove any seasonal/holiday decorations that can quickly out date your photos.

Dust and vacuum. (But if you are short on time, focus on items not dust)

Make all the beds, fluff all the pillows, and check the bed skirts.

Clean the kitchen sink and put away all the dishes.

Clear all kitchen counter tops and put away toasters, can openers, appliances, charging cords, etc.

Clear all bathroom counter tops and put away all personal items.

Remove all shampoos, conditioners, body-washes, etc. from the shower.

Put out the guest towels and hide all the others.

Hide all rubbish bins and floor mats

Remove all magnets and decorations from the refrigerator.

If there are pets, hide all food/water bowls, pet beds, and pet toys.

Put all toilet seats and lids down.

Replace non-working light bulbs.

Consider decorating the tables with your prettiest place settings (or remove everything).

Consider putting out vases of fresh flowers.


Have the lawn trimmed, leaves raked, bushes and trees pruned.

Clean up after any animal and hide their beds/litter trays

Put away all bins, hoses, garden tools, toys, bikes etc.

Hide yard decorations that may polarise buyers.

If there is a pool, or spa, take out the cleaning tubes (do this ahead of time, not on the day as it will leave wet marks). If it’s left in, we can edit them out)

If there will be any twilight photos taken, replace any broken lighting on the home, around the landscape, and in the pool.

Open the umbrellas on any patio sets.

Remove any seasonal/holiday decorations.


Turn on ALL interior lights – even lights in furniture cabinets.

Turn OFF all ceiling fans.

Light fireplaces and candles.

Open all blinds, shades, and curtains.

Clear all cars and vehicles from the driveway and the street in front of the home.

Please secure any potentially aggressive animals in a safe location, away from all rooms being photographed.