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Preparing your home for real estate photos

Exterior Tips

  • Move cars from driveway and front of home

  • Close garage doors

  • Sweep driveway, porches and walkways

  • Mow the lawn

  • Trim shrubs, pull weeds, and clean up fallen sticks & leaves.

  • Remove trash cans, recycling bins, garden hoses, and sprinklers from view

  • Clear yard by removing toys, sports balls, soccer goals, trampolines, etc.

  • Clean patio furniture, put umbrellas up if in season, and remove grill covers

  • If you have a pool, make sure all equipment and toys are out of sight, and turn on fountains/water features

  • Enhance curb appeal with a front door wreath, pots of greenery, or fresh flowers

General Interior Tips

  • Thoroughly clean your whole house (vacuum carpets, mop hard floors, wipe down countertops, clean mirrors and windows)

  • Turn on ALL the lights (overhead lights, lamps, stovetop light, cabinet lighting, etc.). The more light the better!

  • Replace any light bulbs that are burned out

  • Turn ceiling fans off so they don't blur

  • Turn off all TVs and computer screens

  • Open blinds/window treatments and make sure blinds are level with each other

  • Remove dog crates, animal beds, food/water dishes, and toys from around the house

  • De-clutter, De-clutter, De-clutter...less is more!

Kitchen Tips

  • Clear countertops off completely, leaving only a few small appliances or decorations if you wish

  • Remove dishes from the sink and wipe clean

  • Remove magnets, papers, photos, etc. from the refrigerator

  • Remove any visible child locks from cabinet doors

  • Hide garbage can

Dining Room Tips

  • Clear table and wipe down the table top

  • Use decorative place setting if available

  • Choose one center piece such as a bouquet of flowers

  • Straighten all chairs and space them evenly

  • Remove booster seats and high chairs

Living/Family Room Tips

  • Remove stacks of papers, tissue boxes, magazines, remotes, etc.

  • Fluff pillows

  • De-clutter the fireplace mantel (again, less is more!)

  • Turn on fireplace in season if possible

  • Remove kid's toys

Bedroom Tips

  • Make all beds

  • Press bed linens and bed skirts

  • Clear all personal items off of night stands

  • Hide charging cables

  • Remove clutter from top of dressers

  • Remove items stored under the beds that may be visible

Bathroom Tips

  • Put toilet seats down

  • Clear countertops completely (No toothbrushes, soaps, deodorant, etc.)

  • Remove shampoo, soap, loofahs, etc. from showers and tubs that will be visible

  • Make sure towels are clean and freshly folded

  • Empty trash can or remove completely

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