Pre-Home Checklist 

This list should help you prepare the property for the shoot and bring your listing out from the crowd:


  • Move vehicles from drive and away from the front of home.
  • Place trash barrels, and anything that is not attached to the home, in the Garage or out of sight.
  • Cut grass, and remove all weeds from cracks in concrete.
  • Clean windows and mirrors.
  • Remove the  yard sign.
  • When possible, water the grass 4-5 hours prior to shooting- Even a brown lawn will look better.


  • Remove any Calendars. – Calendars make a listing dated if it goes over 30 days.
  • Clear all counter tops. – No scrubbies, soap, knives or cutting boards.
  • Okay to leave 1-2 small appliances for size perception, but more than that can be distracting.
  • Clear the Refrigerator completely. – No magnets, pictures, lists etc…
  • Clean shiny appliances very well – Dirty appliances will look smudged with flash cameras.
  • Remove Trashcan from Kitchen.


  • Open all drapes and blinds on windows with a good view. – An exception would be Baths and some Bedrooms.
  • For security, remove any expensive artwork and Firearms from view.  Even if they are decorative.
  • Move/Remove any furniture that obstructs windows.
  • Turn all ceiling fans OFF.  They will create a motion blur in your photo and even video.
  • Turn all inside lights ON.  This will help balance the light in most areas.
  • Turn all Televisions OFF, and clean them very well.
  • Make Beds and Close Closets.  If you showcase a closet, do so separately if possible.
  • Open doors between rooms to give an open feeling when possible.
  • Remove ALL evidence of pets.
  • Remove rugs from floors, especially from tile or wood floors.
  • Conceal Cords!  Unplug them from the wall if needed.  (Except lights)
  • Replace any burnt out light bulbs.
  • No shoes by doors or anywhere… Please place them in the closet.


  • Toilet lids should be down.
  • Clear the Counter-top from absolutely every item considered to be personal.
  • Remove cleaning brushes and trashcans.
  • Close Shower Curtains.  If custom tiled bath, showcase with shower curtain half-open.
  • Remove Toilet Paper from Holder, or use a full roll.  No partial Rolls please.

There are many other items to consider when preparing a home for Real Estate Photography, however by just following the above guidelines, your listing should stand out from the crowd.

You only get one chance to make a first impression.