What To Prepare?

I know, getting a home ready to sell is a LOT of work! While you may think your home is clean and organized, preparing it for selling is a whole other ballgame! Here is what I recommend having completed BEFORE a photographer comes to shoot your home and before any potential buyers come to see your space!


  • Remove all vehicles from the driveway. Make sure garage doors are closed.  
  • Remove trash cans, garden tools, garden hoses, and sprinklers from view.
  • Sweep driveways, patios and sidewalks.
  • Put deck/patio furniture & umbrellas up in season (unless too windy) and remove covers from furniture and grills.
  • Set all blinds to the same height. Photographers will adjust as needed.
  • Mow the lawn, and trim trees/bushes (preferred).
  • Enhance curb appeal with a front door wreath, or fresh flowers.
  • Be sure exterior lights work and have them turned on. (Yes! Even if it's sunny!)


  • Make sure all lights and lamps have working bulbs and are turned on.
  • Clear off countertops in kitchens and bathrooms removing towel rolls, tissues, soap, toothbrushes, etc.
  • Remove all notes, pictures & magnets from the refrigerator. Completely cleared off.
  • Take down and put away family/individual photos
  • Turn off all ceiling fans.
  • Put away evidence of “work” including buckets, mops, trash cans, vacuum cleaners, sponges, etc.
  • Hide trash cans and take out trash
  • Keep pet beds, food bowls, and toys out of sight.
  • Remove TV remotes, magazines, news papers and family photos
  • Vacuum carpets, and make beds.
  • Declutter your home!  
  • Make all beds and tidy up bedrooms.

I promise if these things are completed your images will be so much better and give buyers the best chance or envisioning their own lives in the home. It may take some time, but it is worth it! Always feel free to ask any questions!