Home Preparation Checklist

Please provide this document (Download PDF Format) to the home owner in advance of the shoot.


  • For the most appealing photographs, please complete as much as possible before the photographer arrives. The photo session will take from 30-90 minutes depending on the size of the home.
  • We will be photographing both the inside and outside of the home.
  • Standard photos include: front and back exterior, and all the major interior rooms.
  • We generally do not photograph closets or the garage unless they include special features (please let us know about these).
  • A good general rule when decluttering is "no more than three items per surface"

Exterior :

  • Mow and rake yard; blow leaves and debris
  • Move vehicles from driveways and do not park in front of the house
  • Move garbage cans out of sight
  • Remove garden tools, hoses and sprinklers
  • Sweep/shovel driveways, sidewalks, and patio
  • Straighten deck furniture and open umbrellas or tie down neatly
  • Clean BBQ and remove cover
  • Make sure all outside lights work
  • For extra appeal: fill planters with flowers and spread fresh mulch
  • Pool: remove cover, clean pool area, remove cleaning tools from the deck and toys/floats from the pool


  • Turn on all interior lights including lamps and make sure all bulbs work.
  • Ceiling fans should be turned OFF with light kits ON
  • Open all shades and blinds
  • Turn off televisions and computers
  • Hide trash cans
  • De-clutter rooms which may be excessively furnished
  • Vacuum carpets and sweep hardwood floors
  • Remove pet toys, piles of magazines, children's toys/art
  • Wash windows and glass doors
  • Conceal exposed cables as well as you can

Kitchen :

  • Place trash cans out of view in closet/cupboard
  • De-clutter stove and counter tops - stow small appliances
  • Remove items from sink - soaps, scrubbies, dish towels, dishes, draining rack.
  • Clear off all items from the refrigerator (magnets, pictures, calendars)
  • Organize open shelves
  • Clean shiny appliances very well – Dirty appliances will look smudged with flash cameras
  • For extra appeal: place a fruit bowl or flowers on the counter

Bathrooms :

  • Toilet lids should be down.
  • Clean mirrors and make the bathroom sparkle
  • Hang fresh, neatly folded towels
  • Clear counters of toiletries and products
  • Remove shampoo and products from shower/tubs
  • Remove cleaning brushes, trash cans, floor scales and laundry hamper


  • Make beds and arrange decorative pillows
  • Put away clothing, shoes, etc.
  • Clean under bed
  • Clear surfaces of clutter; no more than 3 items per surface